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June 12th, 2009
Texas Water Safari begins Saturday


The Texas Water Safari will take place Saturday, June 13, starting at 9 a.m.

Billed as “the world’s toughest boat race,” the safari starts from Texas State’s Aquarena Center on the San Marcos River and continues down the Guadalupe River. Contestants must make certain timed checkpoints each day to stay in the race, which spans 260 miles.

Participants must have all provisions, equipment and items of repair in their possession at the start of the race. Nothing may be purchased by or delivered to a team during the race except water and/or ice. Each team must also have a captain whose responsibility it is to follow the team by vehicle to keep track of their location and condition.

The teams cannot receive any assistance of any kind except verbal and must travel day and night, nonstop, to be competitive and cross the finish line by the 100 hour deadline.

For more information on the safari, visit its website.

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0 thoughts on “Texas Water Safari begins Saturday

  1. Has anybody heard whether it is going to run this Saturday, July 10th, after all? I believe they were checking weather conditions through sometime today (Friday, July 9th) before making a final decision. I checked their website and did not see an update at this point in time.

  2. The weather looks good. I haven’t heard anything, but I would expect it to be on. We’ll be there.

  3. I would expect it to run Saturday, too, but they said they would check through Friday afternoon before making their final decision. This will be the first time Debbie and I get to see them launch, and we are really looking forward to it!

  4. It’s on. The racers were told at pre-race meeting that if heavy rain causes unsafe flooding south, the race coordinators have the right to shorten the race. This decision could be made as late as mid-race.

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