Remember The Alamo

Rock ‘N’ Roll San Antonio takes over the historic Texas city this weekend.

Sitting in a hotel room in the shadow of the Alamo, it’s hard not to reflect on what some people are willing to sacrifice in order to fulfill a dream. To be honest, the Hyatt is NOT in the shadow of the Alamo, since the Alamo itself is remarkable small considering it’s significance. But, you get the point.

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I’m here for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon. I’ve been so San Antonio several times now, and it’s one of those cities that opens up like a flower. It takes more than one trip to see and understand what’s here.

Everyone starts with the Alamo, and for good reason. It’s more than just a monument, it’s an icon of what it means to be a Texan. The battle there has become the standard by which courage and determination are measured.

Then, most folks take in the River Walk. Since I visited San Antonio the first time, in the mid-1990’s, the River Walk has developed into a wonderful collection of restaurants and shops and historic sites. I walked for about an hour this afternoon and will do a long run in the morning. I’m looking forward to it.

San Antonio seems like the perfect blend of Tex-Mex. Even walking down the street the smells coming out of the restaurants are a blend of the familiar and the exotic. I”m hungry almost all the time.

We’re all winding down the Rock ‘n’ Roll series for 2009. After San Antonio there;s just Las Vegas left. But then we’ll all gather again in Phoenix for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona event and we’ll be back at it again.

I can’t wait.

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