58th Annual Texas Water Safari
June 13 @ 9:00 am - June 17 @ 1:00 pm
Friday, May 29, 2020
Online registration only.
Registration will be open in January
Entry Fee: $175 (through April 3), $200 (through May 1), $250 (through May 29) per paddler. No entry fee for team captains. Must be registered by May 3 to hold prelim finish for starting position in TWS.
The 2020 Texas Water Safari begins at 9 a.m. 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, June 12th, 2020.
The Safari has been postponed only five times in 57 years, but in the event of a severe flood, the race will be held on June 30th. Check-in will be Friday, June 29th.
Should a second postponement be needed the race will be held on July 14th. Check in will be Friday, July 13th.
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.”