During Run on History's Battle of the Alamo race, you not only get cool historical facts about the Alamo as you move your way through the race, but you also get a beautiful medal for participating.
The design of the medal was to commemorate not only the battle, but the city of San Antonio, TX. Read on for facts about each symbol used in the medal design, and where in San Antonio you can see it.
Top: The Alamo
300 Alamo Plz, San Antonio, TX 78205
The building known as the Alamo was originally a Spanish mission called Mission San Antonio de Valero in the 1700s. When the Catholic Church relinquished control in 1793, it became a self-governing community known as Pueblo de Valero. For more facts about the Alamo and what led to the battle of 1836, sign up for the race at https://www.runonhistory.com/battle-of-the-alamo-race.html.
Left: The Torch of Friendship (La Antorcha de Amistad)
333 Losoyo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Unveiled in 2002, it was a gift from the Mexican government to the city that symbolizes cooperation and shared culture. It was commissioned by a group of Mexican businessmen living in the US. Mexican artist Sebastián created the 65-foot-tall abstract sculpture.
Middle: Alamo Cenotaph Monument
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
The granite monument bears the names of those who died in the battle of the Alamo. In the medal, we used just the rear view of the monument.
Right: Tower of the Americas
739 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78206
The tower was built in 1968 for the Hemisfair's World Fair, which celebrated the city's 250th anniversary. It took 18 months to build, and the name was chosen during a "Name the Tower'' contest.
The red, white and blue colors are inspired by the Texas state flag.
On the back of the medal is a cannon with the words "Come and take it." The cannon represents the cannon fire that set the whole battle off and the Texians who defended the site.
In addition to a medal, you can also finish the race knowing you helped a veteran receive quality healthcare. Race proceeds will benefit the Liberty Medical Center of Texas, which provides mental health and primary care for veterans and their families (read more on their mission at www.libertymedicalcentertx.org). If you have any other non-profits in mind that you think we should support, tell us about them in our Facebook group.
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