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Hospice of Texarkana is excited to announce the first ever Hospice of Texarkana PADDLE-A-THON. The Texas Water Safari is touted as the World's Toughest Canoe Race. Totaling over 260 miles, the race begins in San Marcos at the headwaters of the San Marcos River, runs down the Guadalupe River, crosses San Antonio Bay at the Gulf of Mexico, and ends at the little town of Sea Drift. Participants are allotted 100 hours to complete the race, and every difficulty imagined can and should be expected: snakes, sweeper limbs, rapids, log jams, portages, insects, alligators, gar jumping into the canoe at night, sleep deprivation, exhaustion, heat, and even hallucinations.

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But in 2018, three men from Texarkana, David McGonagill, Hampton Fontenot, and Sean Rommel, entered canoe number 3394 (latitude/longitude for Texarkana) in the TWS. David and Sean manned the boat, and Co-Captain Hampton tracked, followed, and supplied the only items allowed to be given a team: food and drink. Team Texarkana Buzzard Food finished in 83 hours and 43 minutes that first year. Determined to break 60 hours, Team Buzzard Food again ran the TWS in 2019. While they fell just short of their goal with a total time of 60 hours and 28 minutes, the Team came away with not only a desire to beat the clock but also to raise awareness and money for a needed cause. COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 TWS, but for 2021 Team Texarkana Buzzard Food has partnered with Hospice of Texarkana for the first ever 2021 Hospice of Texarkana PADDLE-A-THON.

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a printable PDF Paddle-A-Thon Pledge Form

How to support: June 12, 2021, is the starting day for the Texas Water Safari, and WE ARE 3 MONTHS AWAY FROM RACE DAY. Beginning March 12, and through the finish of the TWS, Team Texarkana Buzzard Food has set a goal to paddle 500 miles in the total practice and race miles. We hope you will support Hospice of Texarkana by pledging a monetary amount on a per mile basis or a donation of whatever you feel you can do. Sponsorship donations are also welcomed, and the Team is ready to put your company's logo on their canoe. To submit your pledge, simply email your contact information and the category of your miles pledged to ldavis@hospiceoftexarkana.org. You can also download this pledge form and email it to the address above or fax to (430) 200-4677.

Over the next three months, we will be posting updates of all of the practice runs leading up to the race. You can follow the team on their Facebook Page: Team Texarkana Buzzard Food. On race day, June 12, you will also be able to track the Team over the course of the Texas Water Safari to cheer them on to beat the 60 hour mark and hit our 500 mile goal.