On March 23-24, 2013, twelve individuals—history professors, graduate students, and friends of the Association—will unite as Team TSHA to complete an arduous 200-mile relay race known as the Texas Independence Relay (TIR).
Beginning in Gonzales, where the first shots of the Texas Revolution rang out, Team TSHA will run day and night across the landscape of the revolution until they reach the San Jacinto battlefield. Along the way they will be supported by two vans and an army of TIR volunteers.
Team TSHA’s goal is to raise awareness for the Texas State Historical Association and $20,000 to support its Handbook of Texas Online. One of the oldest and most respected state encyclopedias in the nation, the online Handbook offers more than 25,000 authoritative articles detailing people, places and events across the entire range of Texas history, geography, and culture.
The Handbook of Texas was created for Texans by Texans, and is available at no charge to any individual who seeks to learn about Texas. Ensuring the Handbook is comprehensive and up-to-date requires a great deal of support.
The Texas Independence Relay is one of the most grueling relay races in Texas, following the 200-mile path of the Texas Revolution from Gonzales to San Jacinto. Teams of 8-12 runners attempt to run the entire distance as a 40-leg relay, usually supported by two vans. Most runners cover around 18 miles each, contending with sleep deprivation, deep fatigue, and whatever nature has in store.
You can support Team TSHA’s efforts by making a monetary contribution TODAY!