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Texas and the TIR

Texas History, State Facts, & the TIR

If you moved to Texas after 7th grade (and missed out on Texas History), then please review this basic summation of Texas History - right now!!! There's some other stuff here, too..

Let's Do This!

Race or Support - Choose at least one!

The majority of TIR participants simply enjoy to run and have fun, which is awesome! But, you can also volunteer, sponsor, and raise money for a great cause - all while having a blast!

Love to Hear From You

Hey!! What's up?!

We REALLY want you to have the very best and most enjoyable experience at the TIR! Don't hesitate to give us a call or send a note any time... we absolutely would love to hear from you!

11Below (Captain: Michael David of Tomball) -- 199 Problems (Captain: Ashley Mackey of Fort Worth) -- 2Slow 2Win 2Dumb 2Quit (Captain: Rick Bozanich of Katy) -- A Few Good Men (Captain: Michael Moon of Argyle) -- Agility Running B.A.C.S. (Captain: Alexandra Silva of Houston) -- Agony of Defeet (Captain: Ariel Handler of Houston) -- Austin Front Runners - Fast & Fabulous (Captain: Glenn Brown of Austin) -- Austin Front Runners Team Mo-Mentum (Captain: Dan Brown of Austin) -- Bad Roombas (Captain: Andrew Cooper of Houston) -- Bear Creek Running Co. (Captain: Anthony Martinez of Keller) -- Blood Sweat & BEERS (Captain: Anthony Boatman of Georgetown) -- BONa fides (Captain: Kyle Smith of Houston) -- Boys To Men (Captain: Marc Ybarsabal of Houston) -- Broken (Captain: Juan Sanchez of Houston) -- BSA Troop 120 (Captain: Alfonso De Luna of Houston) -- CCRR Master Women (Captain: Julie McAllister of Corpus Christi) -- Chaffing the Dream (Captain: Julie Luebbert of Roanoke) -- Chevron Accelerators (Captain: Bob Sevin of Richmond) -- Chrome Hearts (Captain: David Autrey of Seabrook) -- Cirque de Sore Legs (Captain: Alex Rea of Houston) -- City of La Porte Road Dawgs (Captain: Matt Daeumer of La Porte) -- Come and Get Us (Captain: Jeroen Pollet of Houston) -- Comfortably Numb MRC #4 (Captain: Tim Leeth of Allen) -- Concept Fog Flirtation (Captain: Rowan Konda of Waco) -- Corpus Christi Roadrunners (Captain: Sidney Stech of Corpus Christi) -- Corsicana Running Club (Captain: Brandy Nance of Corsicana) -- Crockett's Rockets (Captain: Lauren Bentley of Houston) -- CrossFit Quiver (Captain: Lara Gwyn of Houston) -- DALLAS DOES HOUSTON (Captain: TERRY ZIEGLER of Dallas) -- DallAss Kickers (Captain: Megan Smyth of Dallas) -- Danger Zone (Captain: Jennifer Wells of Houston) -- DOGs (Captain: Mark Ulrich of Houston) -- Don't Stop...Give 'Em Hell (Captain: Vic Seidel of College Station) -- Dragon (Captain: Hui Long of Sugar Land) -- Excess Baggage (Captain: Trisha Turner of Tomball) -- ExtraTIRrestrials (Captain: Jennifer Hoskovec of Houston) -- Facet Seven (Captain: Mayra Rios of Houston) -- Feeling Satisfied (Captain: Mike Pratt of Katy) -- God's Girls on the Go (Captain: Eva Clawson of Conroe) -- Got The Runs (Captain: Meagan Smith of Dallas) -- Grand Master (Captain: Zhao Ge of Houston) -- HCSS Fast Track (Captain: Steve Maliszewski of Sugar Land) -- HCSS Heavy Haulers (Captain: Dalton Pulsipher of Sugar Land) -- High Voltage (Captain: David Parker of Sugar Land) -- Hoodlums A (Captain: Hunter Smith of Killeen) -- Hooked 'n Hornier (Captain: Sarah Escobedo of Austin) -- Hooked 'n Horniest (Captain: Madeleine Buxton of Austin) -- Hooked 'n Horny (Captain: Kyle Ray of Austin) -- Houston Yogging Club (Captain: Michelle Stribling of Houston) -- How Texas was Run (Captain: Rebecca Thompson of Bryan-College Station) -- IDEA: Running Many Next Steps (Captain: Larkin Tackett of Austin) -- If Found Treat With Beer (Captain: Drew Miller of Midland) -- If I die...stop my Garmin (Captain: Allyson Lawler of Round Rock) -- Imperishable (Captain: Glen Arnold of Lufkin) -- ISLAGIATT (Captain: Alex Hollanshead of Houston) -- Killa's Killas (Captain: Mark Barrilleaux of Houston) -- Kirksey Cannons (Captain: Russell Wooten of Houston) -- Kung Fu Racing Team (Captain: Hung Cao of Houston) -- Lady Eagles Who Served (Captain: Eileen Kong of Pearland) -- League of Indecisive Runners (Captain: Chelsea Schuur of Houston) -- LeeRoy's Lawmen (Captain: LeeRoy Arbegast of Houston) -- Life is On (Captain: Lars Larsson of Houston) -- Lone Star 12 (Captain: Martin Yost of Houston) -- Longest Pub Crawl Ever (Captain: Chris Barnett of Houston) -- Los Maniacos de Tejas (Captain: Gene Bowden of Porter) -- Los Pavos Salvajes (Captain: Brandon Stafford of Cuero) -- Lost in Pace (Captain: Jeremias Castillo of Houston) -- Lost in Texas (Captain: Mike Lee of Houston) -- Mandy's MCR Team (Captain: David Noll of Plano) -- Memorial Run Club - Runners Formerly Known as Goons (Captain: Chris Sanders of Houston) -- Memorial Run Club Left Sharks (Captain: Clint Cooper of Houston) -- Moon Shadow Runners (Captain: Billy Walker of Sachse) -- Most Likely to Secede (Captain: Susanne Whitley of Cypress) -- Mother Truckers (Captain: Martha Parker of Houston) -- MTT-Wings of Texas (Captain: Michelle Jones of Corpus Christi) -- Obi-Run Kenobi's (Captain: Ryan James of Houston) -- OH-TIR-GOD  -Memorial Run Club (Captain: Jose Mendoza of Houston) -- Pamplona Allstars - Yes the bull run in Spain (Captain: Scott Steffens of Katy) -- Panda (Captain: yinxi zhang of Houston) -- Peace, Love & Apples (Captain: Pam Owens of The Woodlands) -- Peanut Butter Jelly Legs (Captain: Ashley Wooters of Victoria) -- Planks 4.0 (Captain: Mark Callahan of Houston) -- Planks 5.0 (Captain: Randy Keith of Houston) -- Plano Cow Belles (Captain: Becky Leverett of Plano) -- Powerhouse Green (Captain: Kate Caughlin of Friendswood) -- Powerhouse Orange (Captain: Melanie Yarzy of Friendswood) -- PR or ER (Captain: Jennifer Duncan of Columbus) -- Progressive Misfits (Captain: Jesus Herrera of New Braunfels) -- PRx Honey Badgers (Captain: Brooke Sizer of Houston) -- Pulled Pork & Hamstrings (Captain: Jimmy Baehner of McKinney) -- Racing Rattlers (Captain: Kye Jackson of Austin) -- Raven Scrapers (Captain: Scott Homann of Kingwood) -- Rawhide Roadrunners (Captain: Rick Routzon of Houston) -- Regulators (Captain: Shanna Ferrell of Haslet) -- Remember the A'lamodes! (Captain: Mario Terrazas of Austin) -- Rick James and the Super Freaks (Captain: Rick Wachtman of Houston) -- Roaming Gnomes (Captain: Patty Montgomery of Houston) -- Round Rock Fire (Captain: John Collins of Austin) -- Rowdy Loafers (Captain: Martin Wipf of Houston) -- Run for PAPA (Captain: Wes Seidel of Flower Mound) -- Run Like the Winded (Captain: Lance Ellington of Katy) -- Runnin' with the Devil (Captain: Parish Autry of Dallas) -- Running For Pizza (Captain: Shane Kelley of Irving) -- Running on a Prayer (Captain: Keith Miley of Pasadena) -- Running On Empty (Captain: Robert Roberts of Katy) -- Running Ramblers (Captain: Xavier Avila of Deer Park) -- Running Winded (Captain: Michael Hatton of Silsbee) -- RWBneverTIRed (Captain: Cindy Falschehner of Houston) -- Se Habla Espanol (Captain: Sergio Vazquez of Houston) -- SeXC Stronghorns (Captain: Vivy Phan of Austin) -- Shoeshank Redemption (Captain: Damian Gonzales of Houston) -- Silver Bullets (Captain: Jim Plutt of Houston) -- Sisters with Blisters (Captain: Amy Moore of Austin) -- Slammin' Tim Tams (Captain: Steffanie Hoang of Houston) -- Slow N Lazy (Captain: Jon Furr of Katy) -- Smoots (Captain: Todd Newton of San Antonio) -- Soles On FIre (Captain: Katrina Wright of Beaumont) -- Sons of Liberty (Captain: Alex Haines of Katy) -- SOTA Army (Captain: Marc Mulkey of Bellville) -- Southern Fried Fartleks (Captain: Tom Fleming of Richardson) -- STW Silent Warriors (Captain: Bridget Delarosa of San Antonio) -- SuckItSantaAnna (Captain: Mike Huggins of Aledo) -- Sugar Land Supermilers (Captain: Cookie Thompson of Sugar Land) -- Sun & Ski Renegades (Captain: Nestor Enriquez of Houston) -- Sweatbanded Heathens (Captain: Shelley Batten of Houston) -- T-Force (Captain: Danny Snyder of Houston) -- Tarahumara Runners (Captain: Christian Correa of Houston) -- Tarts and Vicars MRC #2 (Captain: Matthew Jeanes of Allen) -- Team #strongwhenweak (Captain: Jason Singleton of League City) -- Team Chipotle (Captain: Marcos Vargas of McKinney) -- Team Kinisi (Captain: Mark Kent of Bedford) -- Team Phoenix (Captain: Justin Prindle of Houston) -- Team Rum Cake (Captain: Adam Eiler of Houston) -- Team RWB San Antonio (Captain: Adam Munich of San Antonio) -- Team TSHA (Captain: Andrew Torget of Denton) -- Tenaris Turtle Team (Captain: Gabe Belforti of Houston) -- Texan Trots (Captain: BJ Braaten of Houston) -- Texans Running Texas (Captain: Chris Weir of Leander) -- Texas Challenge Academy (Captain: Steven Secor of Sheffield) -- Texas Roadkill Search Team (Captain: John Barfoot of Ingleside) -- Texas Roadkill Search Team II (Captain: Jack Barfoot of La Porte) -- Texas Tacos (Captain: Paul Moran of Houston) -- TEXpedition Society (Captain: Bing Kao of Houston) -- The Beer View Mirrors (Captain: Natalie Perry of Katy) -- The Fireballs (Captain: Praveen Gunaseelan of Houston) -- The GOATS (Captain: Omar Venzor of Dallas) -- The Loose Cannons (Captain: Laurie Petty of Friendswood) -- The Mediocres (Captain: Zack Whitaker of Deer Park) -- The Mullets (Captain: John Flores of Houston) -- The Old 10 Cattle Co. (Captain: Jason Bernal of Houston) -- The Peeps (Captain: David Stockton of Deer Park) -- The Rally Girls (Captain: Jayn Walter of Houston) -- The Running Dead (Captain: Alan Tillotson of Cypress) -- The Sound of Stride-lence (Captain: Sara Klamo of Houston) -- The Titans (Captain: Terry Swift of Houston) -- The Village People (Captain: Kelli Stoffels of Austin) -- There's No Crying in Running (Captain: Laura Anne Day of Houston) -- TIRMINATORS (Captain: Isaac Fox of Houston) -- To Be Determined (Captain: Kevin Keeling of Pearland) -- Tortoises and Hares (Captain: Douglas Phillips of Lago Vista) -- Tri-County Dream Team (Captain: Art Hernandez of Seguin) -- TriDot Texians (Captain: John Mayfield of Friendswood) -- Truffle Shuffle (Captain: Kendal Ashworth of Austin) -- Turbo Turtles (Captain: Nick Biles of Corsicana) -- Twelve Roadrunners from Austin (Captain: Pengfei Cui of Austin) -- Two Band-Aids (Captain: Randell Zerr of Friendswood) -- Van Full of Dudes (Captain: Ricky Chapman of Fulshear) -- Van, Where Art Thou MRC #1 (Captain: Jim Busse of Mckinney) -- Victorious Secret (Captain: Veronica Padilla of Lake Jackson) -- We Heard There'd Be Free Food (Captain: Connor Thompson of Kemah) -- We Run Waxahachie (Captain: Cody Fuller of Waxahachie) -- Whip it Out MRC #3 (Captain: Will Starnes of Mckinney) -- Whitney Houston Astros (Captain: Yuko Kida of Houston) -- Who's Watching the Kids? (Captain: Alastair Cullen of Houston) -- Wild Hare Coaching (Captain: Art Fresquez of Katy) -- WTF! Where's the finish? (Captain: Kaitlin Cuevas of Houston) -- Young Guns & Old Goats (Captain: Jacob Riemer of Spring) -- Your Pace or Mine? (Captain: Brad Clyburn of Aledo) -- Zombie Koalas (Captain: Megan Belcher of Houston) --

The Challenge

The Texas Independence Relay is composed of 40 relay legs of various lengths, totaling over 200 miles. The course starts in Gonzales, where the spark of the Texas Revolution took place, and it finishes at the San Jacinto Monument, where Texas Independence was won! To tackle this formidable task, your team will have of up to 12 members (your choice!), and you’ll have an exceptional time furthering good friendships and making new ones! You’ll encourage each other along the way while you visit the small cities of Gonzales, Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, Weimar, Borden, Columbus, Altair, Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton, and Fulshear. Then, you’ll make your way through the paramount city of Houston, experiencing it in a way you never have before! Racing on a team with your friends in this unique format over an incomparable span of Texas steeped with momentous history all amounts to a GREAT time that you’ll fondly remember for... well.. the rest of your life! This all takes place over Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, and don’t forget the Texas Independence Party (the TIP!) on Friday, April 1! Come and take it… if you have what it takes!

Your Epic Texas Journey

Gonzales is a wonderfully welcoming town, rich with history and attractive to tourists looking to escape the big city! Your entire team will run a small loop together around downtown, marking the commencement of your journey. You’ll enjoy picturesque rolling hills replete with blooming Texas wildflowers on perfect relay roads as you journey over rural dirt roads - even passing Sam Houston’s Tree! After leaving Gonzales, you’ll get a taste of smaller Texas towns with exceptionally large hearts! Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, and Weimar, you’ll appreciate each town’s individual flavor, but you will also note that they all possess a distinct relaxing quality. By the time your team reaches Columbus, the sun will be retiring for the day.

Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton, and Fulshear will be sleeping communities as you pass through (though at least a few will stay up to curiously observe your unrelenting journey through the night). Pressing on tirelessly toward the finish, you and your team will follow the beacons of flashing lights (other runners).

When you begin to make your way through Cinco Ranch on the west side of Houston, you’ll notice early indicators that a new day is being gifted to us! You’ll also become aware that you’re crossing the threshold between country and city. Between here and downtown, you’ll traverse paths that wind through pleasing parks (George Bush Park, Terry Hershey Park, Memorial Park, and the Buffalo Bayou). You’ll admire stately homes in well-preserved neighborhoods, and then, you’ll stride through Houston’s very downtown, passing right by reflective sky scrapers and the Toyota Center!

After exiting downtown, you’ll head south to Houston's museum district and Hermann Park, even passing beneath Sam Houston's impressive statue that points the way to the finish! You'll continue to navigate east on the Brays Bayou Path followed by quiet neighborhoods. Finally, your epic Texas journey culminates with a momentous celebratory finish in La Porte at the San Jacinto Battleground and Monument!