May 9, 2023
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Watch this video from “The Prelim” of the legendary Texas Water Safari

In case you need any added motivation to get on the water today, watch this great video from the Texas River Marathon.

The River Marathon is a 35-mile (56km) race that’s used as a warm-up for the legendary Texas Water Safari. Known as “The Prelim,” the Marathon, which was held a few days ago, also decides the all-important starting positions for the main event.

The Texas Water Safari itself is slightly longer: 262 miles (421km). It’s an odyssey billed as the “world’s toughest canoe race” (though Yukon may have something to say about that).

Founded in 1963 by Frank Brown, the original Water Safari was actually a 500-mile monster that followed the same route Brown had taken a year earlier with his buddy Willie George. Today the event holds mythical status in the canoe/kayak community and attracts hundreds of teams to the Longhorn State on the first weekend in June.