58th Annual Texas Water Safari
September 12 @ 9:00 am - September 16 @ 1:00 pm
April 1, 2020
Due to the current pandemic known as Coronavirus or Covid-19 the Texas Water Safari Board has made the decision to cancel the prelim “River Marathon”, postpone the Texas Water Safari and cancel the Junior Texas Water Safari.
The Texas Water Safari (TWS) will NOT be held June 13 – 17 (the second weekend in June) but is rescheduled to September 12 – 16. Race Check-In will be on Friday, September 11. For racers that have preregistered for the Texas Water Safari to be held June 13-17 and chose not to race in September, refunds will be issued upon request by emailing email@example.com, including the service handling fee. There will be no price increases this year. Registration fee will remain at $175 per racer.
We know this will not work for all, but the TWS board felt this was the best solution for a fluid situation that changes daily. This will hopefully allow for the pandemic to play out and allow for a great race this September.
Details are still being ironed out on registration deadlines, how we will determine starting positions, etc. Once these details are finalized, we will post them on our website and Facebook page.
This was not an easy decision because we know how important the race is to all, but we felt this is the best solution to help ensure racer’s safety, allow more time to train and for the Coronavirus to run its course.
Texas Water Safari Board
Statement is on website at www.texaswatersafari.org
The Texas Water Safari Online Registration Deadline is:
Online registration only.
Entry Fee: $175 per paddler. No entry fee for team captains.
The 2020 Texas Water Safari begins at 9 a.m. Sept 12, 2020 at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, at Aquarena, on the headwaters of the San Marcos river.
Join us for the Texas Water Safari’s 58th annual race, as a participant, as a volunteer, as a sponsor or as a spectator! Best viewing in San Marcos for the start of the race is at Aquarena Center or Rio Vista Park.
IMPORTANT: Teams should see the Texas Water Safari website for registration dates, rules and information as well as important RSVPs. This Facebook event is NOT an official race registration. Likewise, potential sponsors and volunteers should see the website. Use this Facebook event to remind your friends, family, community and colleges of the event.
Entrants should be at their boats ready to enter the water by 8 a.m. on the date of the race DO NOT ENTER THE LAKE UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD THAT IT’S OK TO DO SO. THE TWS HAS SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY TO START THE RACE ON SPRING LAKE AND MUST FOLLOW STRICT RULES.
Check-in will be Friday, Sept 11th, 2020.
From the TWS website:
“Legend has it that in 1962, Frank Brown and Bill “Big Willie” George decided to take their V-bottom boat, without a motor, from San Marcos to Corpus Christi. They accomplished their mission in about thirty days and decided that other people should have the opportunity to experience the same journey. So, in 1963 they set up the first Texas Water Safari.
Today the Safari is a long, tough, non-stop marathon canoe-racing adventure, traversing 260 miles of challenging rivers and bay. Many participants enter the race with no intention of winning, but with the goal of joining the elite group of finishers and earning the coveted Texas Water Safari finisher’s patch.”
Larry Rice, in July 2009 Canoe & Kayak Magazine:
“They don’t call the Texas Water Safari The World’s Toughest Canoe Race’ for nothing. In addition to the length, the challenges include whitewater rapids, multiple portages, and the relentless, soul-sapping Texas heat. Competitors have four days and four hours to paddle from San Marcos, in the center of the state, to the shy little town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There is no prize money for the winners; just Texas-size bragging rights for the finishers.”