The second in our SApreservation 5k series is an Irish Fun Run! These guided runs are a great way to experience San Antonio’s historic sites and get fit. At various stops along the route, tour guides will share the stories behind the buildings, homes, neighborhoods, and parks that make San Antonio unique. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. Participants will be divided into small groups according to experience.
History buffs and running enthusiasts now have an alternative way to learn about some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods while getting in some exercise. To continue the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Office of Historic Preservation is hosting its second installment of our 2017 SAPreservation 5K Guided Fitness Tours. No matter what your pace, you can enjoy a leisurely run or fitness walk while learning about how Irish Heritage shaped San Antonio.
The tour will include opportunities to see early Irish settlement dating back to the late 1840s. See and learn a part of San Antonio history that you did not know before.
The residential community was home to both Irish and German immigrants. Irish Flat houses are considered unique, combining features of homes the immigrants left in Ireland, as well as German and Spanish influences, giving the neighborhood a quaint, old world look. As the Irish prospered, in the late 19th century, families ventured north to the Government Hill neighborhood, north of Austin St. and west of the newly established Ft. Sam Houston. Get more information on the Irish community in San Antonio from The Harp & Shamrock, Society of Texas.