The 50-Year Itch

A photo essay from the half-century-strong Texas Water Safari

Photos By Erich Schlegel

Saturday, June 11, 2012, marked the 50th anniversary of the annual Texas Water Safari, a 260-mile canoe race held the second Saturday of every June since 1963 on the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers, from San Marcos to Seadrift, Texas .

Even with the self-proclaimed title of “world’s toughest canoe race,” this year’s event attracted a record number of entrants (and finishers, 94 of 135). Tragically, it was also marred by the event’s first death (Read more HERE).

Check out the gallery from this year’s race above from Austin-based lensman Erich Schlegel, and Click HERE for full results.

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  • http://www.Canoe&Kayak.com/canoe/50-year-itch/#19bd9f587b Dennis Stutzenburg

    Brad Ellis, bow, and Ian Rolls slip through Cottonseed Rapids in Martindale, TX on the first day. They were leading the Aluminum class when Ellis developed complications early Sunday morning from Hyponatremia, an electrolyte imbalance in the body and had to be airlifted to a San Antonio hospital. Ellis died the following day. His was the first death in the 50-year history of the Safari. It’s a shame that someone was just doing what they liked and don’t realize that heat and using all your energy to paddle a 250 mile track across Texas. Now someone will be missed and kayaker’s & Canoest and stand up boards have to stay hydrated and rest if they start to feel sick or dizzy. So be careful out on the water, because it’s not just you out thereyou have families, friends that care for you.
    To read the full article http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe/50-y…ch/#6504f212ac
    What they should have a Medical area that it is manitory for all and the time stops for each paddler and will resume after being cleared to paddle again, so this type of Loss of Life could have been adverted.

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