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Great Castell Kayak Race Saturday
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009

School hasn’t been out very long and already some are afflicted with the “nothing to do” blues. If you don’t have plans for June 6 why not come to the Hill Country?

Do you enjoy the water, fresh air and excitement of boat races? Are you less enthused about the noise and stench of motor powered craft? The Great Castell Kayak Race might be just the thing to “float your boat.”

Excitement has risen as has the Llano River’s water level. Llano River RV Park, located on Highway 87 South in Mason County, hosts the put in. Online pre-regisrtration is $40 and includes T-shirt, bandanna, snacks and more. Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m. and is $45. Many serious boaters use this as practice for th Texas Safari, later in June. Approximately 150 racers are expected this year.

Want to just come and watch and listen to the live music? All that costs is the gas and the time to get there. RiverSounds, at the finish line in Castell will feature Texas Songwriters in the Round, the Dust Devils, Jenny Taylor and many more.

Texas broadcast legend Jim Spencer, has joined forces with GCKR to help get the word out to 15 Central Texas Counties! GCKR feels this exposure will generate curiosity about Mason, Llano, and Gillespe county beauty, the great businesses, and hard-working local entrepreneurs—not to mention wines, peaches, rivers, and live music— thus stimulating interest and visitors.

The Texas HIll Country is widely known for friendly accommodations, great food and wonderful activities; it is a fun, affordable family outing.

Paddles will stir the water, music will fill the air, all to benefit those undergoing cancer treatment. There is a river cleanup that is supported by LCRA along with family fun including: camping, racing, live music, goodies, drinks, prizes and more. A portion of proceeds are donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Contact 512-217-4596 for phone information or go to

News 36 KXAN has donated promotional advertising for the event.

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