The Texas Water Safari is commonly referred to as “The World’s Toughest Canoe Race,” and for good reason. During the 260-mile race, canoers encounter dam portages, logjams, twisting channels, and rapids, and it’s emotionally and physically exhausting. If you make it to the end, you won’t win any money, but you will get a finisher’s patch and bragging rights. That’s enough for people who love a challenge. If you want to participate in the Texas Water Safari in June, it’s time to get ready now. Attend the Safari Seminar on Feb. 9 at the Luling Municipal Golf Course in Luling, Texas. The seminar runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it’s free to attend. You’ll learn everything you need to know to make it to the end of this grueling race.
What You’ll Learn
This seminar is geared toward novices and experienced racers. People who have participated in the race will go over the rules as well as the equipment you’ll need. They’ll also talk about the course and the techniques that are necessary to overcome the challenges and make it through.
Those techniques will include how to get around the numerous obstacles on the course. This might not be the longest canoe race out there, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one with more obstacles. Instinct alone won’t help you navigate those logjams and portages, especially when you consider you’re being timed. The race only lasts 100 hours, and if you don’t make it to the end by then, you won’t get that coveted finisher’s patch. With so much to learn, this seminar is a must.
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Bring Your Racing Partner
Keep in mind that you can race alone or with a partner. You can even man a six-person carbon racing boat if you want, as long as it doesn’t have a motor. If you’re going to race with others, bring them along to the seminar as well. It’s important that everyone has the same information if you’re serious about finishing.
You might love canoeing, but when you finish the Texas Water Safari, you will be ready to ride in something with a motor. Nissan of San Marcos in San Marcos, Texas, has Nissans with all the comfort, bells, and whistles you’ll want after your brutal canoe race. Get your wheels before the race so they’ll be waiting for you at the finish line.