Another major attraction this year was the participation of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose team the Texians ran the course from Gonzales to Houston.
"Huge," said Lawing when talking about the participation of the governor in the race.
"It gave the race recognition," said Burchard. "I think it was a very positive step in that regard."
Perry seemed to enjoy being a part of the Gonzales event.
The governor told The Gonzales Inquirer his team races in various events around the state, including a 10K race in Austin each year.
He said they were "reading on the internet" when the learned about the Texas Independence Relay.
A phone call was made and the governor's team felt it "sounded like fun."
So they decided to give it a shot this year — and it worked out well.
Prior to starting the race, Perry was very affable and visiting with many of the racers along with event organizers and others in the crowd. He was even joking with some of the other teams about just how well his team might do in the event.
Perry also took a lot of time to pose for photos with many people, from the mayor to people who just wanted their picture with the governor of the state of Texas.
He even got in on the drama of the day when he was able to light the cannon as he team prepared to depart the starting line in front of the Historical Museum. As the cannon shot rang through the streets, the team was off, lead by Perry. As he came back from running through downtown Gonzales, Perry gave a thumbs-up to the crowd.
GONZALES - Citing the dual messages of Texas history and keeping fit, Gov. Rick Perry took part in the second annual Texas Independence Relay Saturday.
"You can't tell the story of Texas independence often enough," the governor said moments before lighting the fuse on the replica Come and Take It cannon, signaling the start of another team leaving Gonzales and heading for San Jacinto. "And secondly, the health side of this to remind people we're getting a little obese, a little sedentary. Get out and run. This is good chance for me not to just talk about it, but to get out and walk the walk."
Over the weekend, Governor Perry participated in a 203.2 mile relay race from Gonzales, Texas, to the San Jacinto Monument. During the race, he took the time to record a quick YouTube video about his fight against childhood obesity.
On Monday, Dr. Kenneth Cooper released the results of his major study on fitness in Texas public schools. In the study, Dr. Cooper found a positive link that ties fitness to higher academic test scores, better attendance, and fewer discipline problems. When kids are physically fit, they are also more likely to be mentally fit. On the issue of staying healthy, Governor Perry leads by example.
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