'World's Toughest Boat Race' competitors start endurance test

Tracy Crow, of Austin, laughs while she watches the Texas Water Safari from a distance. Crow waited at the Cottonseed Rapids to get a picture of her team as it passed by.

The Texas Water Safari Board announced the cancellation of this year’s race in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

The decision was based on the recent spread of COVID-19 in Texas.

The race, which is referred to as “The World’s Toughest Canoe Race,” is a span of 260-miles from San Marcos to Seadrift.

The board said the race will not be rescheduled in 2020 and refunds will be issued as soon as possible.

“This was not an easy decision but we felt necessary to make the decision now so racers can plan accordingly,” the board said on Facebook. “As we all know, the race covers 260-miles through multiple counties and cities. All have authority to make their own guidelines regarding COVID-19.”

Rey Castillo is the assistant sports editor for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached at rcastillo@vicad.com, 361-574-1240 or on Twitter @reycastillo361.

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