I headed out to the check-in for the American Swimming Association’s 3rd Annual Dam 5K race that started at 7:45am on Saturday. I convinced my boyfriend to come along with me, so I loaded a Hobie Revolution and Hobie Sport into my truck, grabbed a couple of breakfast tacos and we were on our way to Lake Travis. We got there and unloaded the kayaks, checked in, and after a quick paddlers safety briefing, we were ready to launch! We didn’t have enough paddlers to assign every swimmer their own kayak, so we spread out and kept our eyes peeled for stressed swimmers and motorboats. Thankfully, most of the swimmers kept their line pretty well and none of them had to stop. I have to say how impressed I was that all the swimmers finished the race on their own accord, with the fastest swimmer coming in at 1 hour and 43 seconds. This was my first time as a safety paddler for a swimming race, but I have already volunteered for upcoming races. The swimmers and organizers were very thankful to the paddlers and showed their appreciation with yummy cinnamon rolls and t-shirts. It was a lot of fun to break into this community and provide a great service for these athletes. People were so impressed by the Hobie Mirage kayaks that we had a small demo after the races were over so swimmers and paddlers alike could experience first hand the awesomeness of the Mirage kayaks. Overall, it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the next one!