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Texas Water Safari–Canceled

September 12 @ 9:00 am - September 16 @ 1:00 pm

TWS 2020 Cancellation

June 29, 2020

The Texas Water Safari Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the Texas Water Safari scheduled for September 12, 2020.  The Texas Water Safari will not be rescheduled in 2020. 

This was not an easy decision but we felt necessary to make the decision now so racers can plan accordingly.  As we all know, the race covers 260 miles through multiple counties and cities.  All have authority to make their own guidelines regarding COVID-19. The uncertainty of the virus, working with local governments along the race course, and providing a safe race for not only the racers but the race officials, support crews and spectators were part of the decision to cancel the Texas Water Safari.

Refunds will be issued as soon as possible.

Stay healthy and we hope to see everyone the second weekend in June of 2021.

TWS Board

Harvey Babb

Jay Daniel

Allen Spelce

Jerry Cochran

Bob Spain
Statement is on website at www.texaswatersafari.org

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.”


September 12 @ 9:00 am
September 16 @ 1:00 pm


Spring Lake
211 San Marcos Springs Dr
San Marcos, 78666 United States
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