The Coolest Race in Texas
2021 Schedule of Events
Drive-thru check-in/late registration January 22 from 3pm to 6pm at the Longhorn Dam parking lot on Pleasant Valley Rd.
- ZOOM Pre-Race Briefing Friday, January 22 at 7:00 pm. See ZOOM PREFACE MEETING for dialing instructions.
- Race Date Saturday January 23, 2021
- Start Location: Under IH-35 adjacent to the Holiday Inn Town Lake on Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin, Texas
- Adventure Class Start Time 5am, January 23, 2021
- Competitor Class Start Time 7am, January 23, 2021
- Stand-Up Paddle Division Start Time NOON, January 23, 2021 at Utley/969 Bridge
- We plan to provide free dinner provided at the finish line (Fisherman’s Park, Bastrop) to all volunteers, support personnel and racers, but have not finalized plans, so details to follow.
COVID-19 Changes for 2021
- In our continued efforts to preserve the health and safety of our participants, we have made the decision to cancel the packet pick-up and meeting previously scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2021. Packet pickup and the first official check in will occur on Saturday morning January 23 beginning at 4:00 am under the I35 bridge, at the start of the race.
- All participants are required to wear an unventilated face covering that covers their mouth and nose when driving up or walking up to anyone else affiliated with the TWO for any reason. Only people properly wearing approved face masks over their mouth and nose will be registered or attended to, including support personnel, passengers and others accompanying the racer or the racer's entourage. Please pay attention to direction signage when you pull into the parking lot in order to keep traffic moving quickly.
- Due to the changes mentioned above, there will not be any registrations accepted, AT ALL, after midnight Thursday, January 21. Again, no one will be able to register Friday or Saturday. Online registration will close at midnight. If you need to register outside of the online option, please follow the mail-in procedure on the TWO website or contact West Hansen.
- Friday night, January 22 at 7:00 pm, we will host a ZOOM meeting to go over any last-minute details and address any questions. If you have questions now, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org We'll respond to the email and include your question in the orientation. In addition to the pre-race ZOOM meeting, we will have our annual door prize drawing. Drawing winners can pick up their treasure at the start of the race. All registrants will be included in the drawing.
- Saturday, January 23, the race will begin under the IH-35 bridge just south of the Town Lake Holiday Inn Hotel on Lady Bird Lake. All participants, family members, support staff, etc... are required to wear an unventilated face covering that covers their mouth and nose in and around the starting line. Our typical bagels and coffee will not be offered this year; however, there will be port-a-cans available. Once participants are on the water, they may remove their face covering. Any time any support crew is at a check-point, they need to properly wear an unventilated face covering that covers their mouth and nose.
- At the finish, all support crew, family members, paddlers, etc... are required to wear an unventilated face covering that covers both their mouth and nose. We will be providing a hot meal at the finish but have not completed plans for that yet... details to come.
- We recognize that some people do not feel at risk from COVID-19, or some may believe a face covering is ineffective or an affront to their rights. There may be other reasons why some do not want to wear a proper face covering. The volunteers that organize and run the TWO are not paid and should be respected enough by all in attendance to adhere to the above-mentioned COVID-19 safety requirements. If there is any question or concern that you, or anyone accompanying you, will not be willing or able to comply with these special circumstances, we strongly urge you to forego this year's TWO and join us once the pandemic has passed.
- Thank you for understanding these changes. Our goal is to have a great event, safely.
Rules and Safety on the Course
- This is a United States Canoe Association sanctioned event.
All racers must sign a waiver prior to starting the event.
USCA rules and regulations must be followed at all times.
- Racers will be provided with a numbers for the boats at registration. This number must be affixed to the left side of the bow, well above the water line. There is nothing going on on the right side.
Mandatory Checkpoints and Cut-off Times
- There are two mandatory check points for the race. They will be at Little Webberville Park and the Utley FM 969 Bridge.
- Failure to check in at these points by either the racer or support crew will result in disqualification.
- Cut-off times are enforced at the two checkpoints. See here, for a document with the required times and average speed.
- Failure to reach the checkpoints or finish line by the required cut-off time will result in a DNF status.
- If a paddler chooses to continue after the designated cut-off time they will do so at their own risk, without the support of the event staff.
- Other than the Finish line, which needs to be reached within nine hours, there are no checkpoints for Stand-Up Paddle division.
- Each participant must have a US coast guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD) in his/her possession while on the waterNOTE: Please review USCA rules and regulations on how to properly attach PFD's to your boat or SUP
- Each boat must have one pea-less signal whistle, either securely affixed to a life vest or the boat in a manner which allows quick access
- Cell phone or 2 way communication device
- Minimum of 1 head light or bow lightNOTE: You have to have a light with you at all times, even for the competitor class!
- 2 Chemical lights, fixed to bow and stern of boat for pre-dawn travel (also called glow sticks or cyalume)NOTE: this is only a requirement for the adventure class
- Method of carrying at least 1/2 gallon of fluid per person at all times
- Space Blanket
- First Aid Kit (no specifics)
- Rain jacket (your choice, a garbage bag will also be sufficient)
- Spare paddle(s)
- Warm clothing that stays warm when wet
- GPS and/or Transponder (like SPOT)
- Additional Head lamp(s) for portages
- Fire starting material, hiking shoes, extra food, cash, unabridged volume of "Alive" or "The Donner Party Chronicles"
- This class is for the paddler who is in it for the challenge and adventure. If you are an adventure racer, recreational paddler or new to paddle racing then this is the class for you. If you are competitive in nature but don't have a race boat to back you up then this class is for you. If you just got a race boat and are still falling out of it then this class is for you. Adventure Class boats include, but are not limited to: aluminum, plastic, abs or fiberglass canoes, touring kayaks, surfskis, sea kayaks and sit on tops. Inflatable's & Rowing sculls are not allowed and boats must be paddled with either a canoe or kayak paddle.
- Participants may use any type of canoe or kayak unless they fit the Adventure Class Exception below. Previous Competitor Class racers may not race in the Adventure Class unless they are in a recreational type boat. Previous Adventure Class winners who won their class in a recreational type boat may continue to race in the Adventure Class.
- Adventure Class Exception
A participant may not use a carbon or kevlar racing style boat in the Adventure Class if they have previously placed in their class or subclass in that boat in the Adventure Class. This holds true for either member of a tandem team.
In order to assure the spirit of the Adventure Class remains as fair as possible, race administration reserves the right to determine the eligibility of an entrant into the Adventure Class, based upon the racer's experience and skill level.
|Subclasses: ||Solo - male & female|
| ||Tandem - male, female, & mixed|
- This Class is geared toward the competitive marathon canoe racer. Previous marathon canoe racing experience is recommended.
|Subclasses: ||USCA C1 & C2 - male, female, & mixed|
| ||Unlimited Solo & Tandem - male, female, & mixed|
| ||ICF K1 & K2 - male, female, & mixed|
- For the Competitor Class only, $25 of each entry fee collected will be totaled for that subclass and will be distributed between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
- All Adventure and Competitor class racers will be entered and are eligible for prize drawings after the pre-race briefing on Friday. One award per racer and you must be present to win and no one else can collect your prise.
- While it isn't mandatory to have bank support, it's strongly recommended. Any public access points on the river may be used for this purpose.
- Support is defined as any assistance given to the participant outside of substituting boats or paddlers. This includes, but is not limited to, water and food hand offs, disposal of trash and or hugs and kisses from loved ones.
- When weather forecasts aren't great, it's also recommended that bank support crews have hot soup or some hot drinks available for the racers along the way along with some extra food. Calories will be burned, so eat and drink plenty.
- For those wanting to travel without race support, they may self support by using any one of the several river parks that line the race course. Potable water should be available at these locations. Make sure to check in at the checkpoints when going unsupported.
Canoe & Kayak Rental
- Due to the extreme nature of this event the following age requirements are in place:
- Any solo participant must be at least 16 years of age.
- Our current insurance via the USCA for the TWO allows minors (<16 years of age) to enter,
so long as they are in the same boat as their parent and their parent signs a waiver of liability.
The race officials reserve the right to allow minor aged racers on a case-by-case basis,
so please check with race officials before registering a minor aged racer.
- All racers under the age of 18 must have waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian.
The Small Print
- The organizers of this event reserve the right to revise any prior rules or regulations as a result of conflict, hazard, or unforeseen incident.
- In the case of a cancellation of the race due to natural disaster will we refund each entrant as much as possible. No profit will be taken if the race is canceled. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. It is our sincere hope to put on the safest and best TWO possible.