Texas Water Safari postponed – again – until July 11

Jay Daniel, Sammy Prochaska, Brandon Stafford, Shawn Boyett, Michael Vandeveer and Steve Bis paddle near Zedler Mill dam in the San Marcos River in Luling, TX during the 2014 Texas Water Safari. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman
Jay Daniel, Sammy Prochaska, Brandon Stafford, Shawn Boyett, Michael Vandeveer and Steve Bis paddle near Zedler Mill dam in the San Marcos River in Luling, TX during the 2014 Texas Water Safari. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

Organizers of the Texas Water Safari, have postponed this year’s paddling race another two weeks.

The 260-mile race was originally set for June 13, but delayed until June 27 due to heavy rains and flooding on the lower Guadalupe River. This week organizers announced a second delay, until July 11.They said this would be the final postponement.

“If the lower section of the Guadalupe is still in flood stage at that time, the finish line for the 2015 Texas Water Safari will be moved up river, and the race will stop prior to the flooding sections,” read an announcement on the race website. “If the current conditions hold on July 11th, the finish line of the Texas Water Safari will be at the Swinging Bridge checkpoint. This could change as conditions change. The Board reserves the right to make that determination prior to the race or even during the race, depending upon river conditions.”

The race, which begins in San Marcos and finishes along the Texas Gulf Coast, will not be run on a section of the river that is in flood stage, organizers said.

The delay marked the second time in the Safari’s 53 years that the race has been postponed twice in the same year.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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