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Kirk Scheidt poses with his dad Chuck after checking in last Friday before they took on the Water Safari, a 260-mile paddling race from San Marcos to Seadrift.
Michael Cleveland goes over a checklist with an official while his mom Kathe and daughter Veronica watch.

Family matters in the Texas Water Safari

Sports Editor

Every year at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of June, hundreds of paddlers churn up the calm, aquifer-fed water of Spring Lake as they embark on a 260-mile trek from San Marcos to Seadrift.

When the Texas Water Safari officially gets under way is of little significance to anybody but the competitors, fans and organizers. Yet when the third Sunday of that month falls on the second day of the event — like it does this year — the placement of the start date means a little bit more to those involved.

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