Click: Amazing photos of Texas Water Safari 2013
Bobcat Magazine Staff | On 29, Jun 2013
More than 100 teams started the 51st Texas Water Safari on Saturday, June 8 at Spring Lake on the Texas State University campus. Only 81 finished.
That’s why they call it the “World’s Toughest Canoe Race.”
Boat No. 4106 — Andrew Condie, Fred Mynar, Jerry Cochran, Kyle Mynar, Logan Mynar and Tommy Yonley — was the first to finish the treacherous 262-miles of the San Marcos and Guadalupe rivers between San Marcos and Seadrift on the Texas gulf coast. They completed the race in 39 hours, 45 minutes.
This year’s event was dedicated to Dripping Springs resident Brad Ellis, who died became the first fatality in the race’s half-century history when he died in 2012 from hyponatremia, something akin to the opposite of dehydration. The first “Brad Ellis Spirit Award” was presented Jon Newcomb, who carried not only his boat but his paddling partner — Iraq war veteran and amputee Andy Toppin — through the numerous portages around dams.
This time, the race was completed without loss of life, although one paddler disappeared for more than seven hours. He was found the next morning off course and adrift in the middle of the San Antonio Bay.
PHOTOS by ASHLEY LANDIS FOR BOBCAT MAGAZINE
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