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Texas Water Safari


Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Behold: These aerial photos make the Texas Water Safari look like a tranquil river outing. It is not.

Less than 24 hours into Texas Water Safari 2015, team 150 — the Texas Flood — leads the pack of 71 paddlers still in contention for the raw 265-mile river race from San Marcos to Seadrift. Six teams have dropped out starting at mile 45 near Luling.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Austin software engineer drowns while training for Texas Water Safari

A 30-year-old Austin man training for the Texas Water Safari drowned Sunday afternoon in the rain-swollen San Marcos River near the Martindale Dam.

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Photos: Brad Ellis in Texas Water Safari

Boat No. 22 is shown passing through the Cottonseed Rapids on the San Marcos River in Martindale on Saturday with Brad Ellis paddling in the front.

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Updated: Dripping Springs man dies in Texas Water Safari

A Dripping Springs man competing in the grueling 280-mile Texas Water Safari died in a San Antonio hospital today where he had been airlifted from the Guadalupe River south of Gonzales.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Photos: Texas Water Safari racers battle the wilds

We'll post photos here from the epic 280-mile Texas Water Safari down the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers to the Texas coast. The San Marcos-to-Seadrift slog kicked off Saturday morning.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Map: Texas Water Safari live standings

As of 8 p.m. Monday, 20 boats had reached Seadrift with 91 still in the running and 24 dropouts. Track the boats by GPS with this nifty map.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Interactive: Texas Water Safari 2012

Keep up with the latest videos and photos from the epic 260-mile Texas Water Safari down the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers to the Texas coast. Use hashtags #texaswatersafari and #txwatersafari to share your photos and video.

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The Weekend: Intrepid canoe racers, music and, maybe, Teddy bears

Music, the Texas Water Safari, Baby Fest and more await at your pleasure for the weekend. With or without your Teddy bear. On a less local note, there's that soccer game in South Africa.

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Texas Water Safari begins Saturday

The Texas Water Safari, or "the world's toughest boat race," will take place Saturday, June 13, starting at 9 a.m. from Texas State's Aquarena Center.