Dolls ‘n Towel Boyz ready for 2013 independence relay
March 19, 2013 by Sarah
This weekend will see a team of 12 people take part in the Texas Independence Relay, all of whom will be hoping that they are going to be just that little bit faster than they have been previously.
The Dallas Dolls ‘n Towel Boyz will attempt to cover 200 miles in a 40-leg relay, hoping to improve on the last three years when they were runner ups.
Dallas resident Steve Henderson set up the Texas Independence Relay team in 2009 while looking for an alternative challenge to the usual runs. The relay race starts where the Texas Revolution began and ends at the place where Texas won independence. Gonzales will be the location for the start of the race, in which around 150 teams will be taking part.
According to Henderson, the race can be a challenge as team members spend 22 hours together in a van. Although speed is an asset, it is more important that runners can cope well with challenges along the way, like not getting lost. A steady pace has to be maintained and runners are often taking part in the dark when they have not slept for almost 24 hours.
Henderson has stepped down as captain for this year’s event, and Josh Thompson and Steve Piffner are taking the reins instead. A number of new team members have been recruited this year, possibly responding to promotion of the event using local poster printing services. Deciding the date for this year’s relay race was a problem, as the organizers did not want it to clash with other events.