Black Dog Paddling Team

Last weekend we made a trip to Texas to visit family. It was summery and hot and a nice break from the Santa Barbara June Gloom. We happened to be visiting the weekend of the start of the Texas Water Safari "World's Toughest Canoe Race." The race begins in San Marcos (my home town) and ends 260 miles away in Seadrift. I loved going to the launch when I was younger and watching the hundred or so teams scramble across the dam in the first fifteen minutes of the race. The teams range from 6-person teams to solo paddlers. This year was one of the toughest races with water levels the lowest they've been in 20 years.

Two good friends were racing in it for the first time this year, they called themselves the Black Dog Paddling Team. A few weeks before the race, they asked me to design a logo for their team, so not only was I excited to see them paddling through, it was also fun to see the team logo on the side of the boat!

Black Dog Paddling Team

The Black Dog Paddling Team captain that followed the canoe by way of land kept us all updated at checkpoints through Facebook with photos. The boats launched at 9 AM on Saturday 6/11 and the Black Dog Paddling Team finished Wednesday 6/15 at 2:36 AM. They were 47th place with a total time of 89 hours and 36 minutes. What an accomplishment!! Congratulations Black Dog Paddling Team!

janice  – (June 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM)  
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Mica Clark-Peterek  – (June 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM)  

So glad you were able to see the race this year! The logo you designed was great! We got so many compliments!

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