Happy Texas Independence Day!
The Texas revolution began in October 1835 in the town of Gonzales. On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico while the Alamo was under seige. Not even two months later, the Texan army under the leadership of General Sam Houston defeated General Santa Anna and his army at the Battle of San Jacinto, establishing the Republic of Texas.
I learned all of this over the past 36 hours as 13 teammates and I took on the first annual Texas Independence Relay. We were the Battling Bloggers of the Texas Republic. We had 12 runners plus Jose and Manny, aka the freaking awesome rock star van drivers. I think Jose and Manny worked even harder than the runners!
We started in Gonzales just before 7:30 yesterday morning, and we arrived at the San Jacinto monument on the southeast side of Houston just after 3:00 this afternoon. Each of us ran three or four legs for a total of between 15 and 20 miles. Team total: 203 miles. On foot. Every inch of it.
(Photo from Joe)
I will write more later, but at the moment I am exhausted.