Handbook of Texas gets a few legs up

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Team from UNT to run relay for funds

University of North Texas history professors and students are commemorating Texas independence next weekend with a 200-mile relay that will kick off in Gonzales, where the Texas Revolution started, and end at the San Jacinto battleground in Houston, where Texas won its independence.

“We’re retracing the length of the revolution back to San Jacinto, where it ends,” said Andrew Torget, a history professor.

Besides professors and students, the team of 12 includes UNT alumni and members of the Texas State Historical Association, which has been housed at UNT since 2008.

“We’re all tied together by the love of running and the love of history,” said Torget, who is one of the team captains.

Team TSHA is raising money to keep the Texas State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas Online updated and expanded.

Right now the team has raised about $6,000, but its goal is to raise $20,000.

Cristina Rodriguez, development coordinator for the association, calls the handbook a “wealth of information for all Texas.”

It has more than 27,000 articles about Texas.

“[The handbook] is a great resource for anyone who is trying to do research on Texas,” she said.

The money would help ensure that it’s updated and comprehensive, Rodriguez said.

Team TSHA will compete in the Texas Independence Relay on March 23 and 24.

This is the team’s first time to compete in the 40-leg relay that is divided among the team members. The relay will take them through Gonzales, Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, Weimer, Borden, Columbus, Altair, Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton and Fulshear.

Torget said there are about 100 other teams running.

The team’s race starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and ends by 4:30 p.m. the next day.

Each runner will run three or four legs of the race.

This is going to be a different experience because the team members will run a leg and then sit in the van for several legs before running again, Torget said. The team will have two support vans.

Team members will run that distance with very little sleep and no showers, he said.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is rmehlhaff@dentonrc.com .

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To support Team TSHA, visit http://supportteamtsha.com .


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