Buy UTSA Fiesta medal now: $3 at Roadrunner Express in University Center

UTSA Fiesta medal

With Roadrunner Express employees, UTSA President Ricardo Romo shows a poster with this year's UTSA Fiesta medal. (Photo by Arturo Infante Almeida)

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(April 2, 2012) -- Fiesta excitement has begun! Beginning this year, official UTSA Fiesta medals are available for $3 while the supply lasts. Buy them now at the Roadrunner Express shop in the University Center on the Main Campus.

This year's UTSA Fiesta medal features an orange-and-blue ribbon and a trumpet player from UTSA's own Spirit of San Antonio marching band on a field of confetti with the "We Are UTSA" tagline below. Running April 19-29, the annual Fiesta centers on the city's century-old parades and celebrations honoring the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

According to the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, medal collecting and trading is one of the most popular Fiesta traditions, going back at least 50 years. No one is sure how the tradition began, but each year, more than 100 nonprofit organizations sell the medals as fundraisers. Local military organizations, private companies, individuals and other institutions create the medals as mementoes.

Roadrunner Express is on the UC Paseo between the fountain courtyard and Rios Golden Cut Salons. The store is a Ticketmaster outlet and also sells discounted Santikos movie tickets, a variety of gift items, balloons, UTSA spirit merchandise and snacks, all at reasonable prices.

Pay for merchandise by interdepartmental transfer (IDT), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, UTSACard or personal check. Store hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, email RRExpress@utsa.edu or call 210-458-6159.