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Next June, a six-man team will enter the 260-mile Texas Water Safari using a boat built in Ennis.
Held every year since 1963, the Texas Water Safari is a boat race that follows the San Marcos River from San Marcos to Gonzalez, where boats will then take the Guadalupe River to the Texas coast. Forbes magazine named the Texas Water Safari as one of the world’s top 10 most difficult physical challenges.

Ennis Resident Mike Riley has participated in the race 14 times.

The race can be very dangerous, with racers facing obstacles such as rapids, snakes and alligators. To have a chance at winning the race, participants must stay awake and keep paddling, even during the night, Riley said. All the necessary food and supplies must be brought with the racers on the boats – the only thing they can get from the shore is ice and water. Racers usually take between two and four days to finish. By the time the race is completed, participants are mentally and physically exhausted.

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