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.