The Victoria Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with The Pumphouse, Costal Bend Paddlers, GBRA, Canoe Trail of Goliad and the Fun Factory, is sponsoring and coordinating the Texas River Marathon Festival from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, May 3 at The Pumphouse in Riverside Park.

The public is invited to participate in this fun-filled event featuring kayak trips on the Guadalupe River paddling trail in Riverside Park, water slides, a kayak tank, petting zoo, sports-related vendors, live entertainment and a kayak giveaway.

Kayak trips will begin at 10:30 am and 1 pm, departing from the boat ramp in Riverside Park and ending at Grover’s Bend. Kayaks will be available but space is limited. Participants must be 6 years and older. Those 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by May 2 at the Parks and Recreation office, located at 476 McCright Drive in Riverside Park.

The water slides, vendors, the kayak tank and petting zoo will get underway at noon. Remember to bring a swim suit for the water slides (no buttons or zippers).

A Paddling Trail Dedication will be held at 2 pm at The Pumphouse, 1201 W. Stayton Ave., in Riverside Park, and the lucky winner of the kayak giveaway will be announced directly following the dedication. Tickets for the kayak raffle will be available at the Parks and Recreation booth during the festival and the winner must be present to win.

The festival concludes with live entertainment from 3-7 pm at The Pumphouse.

For more information, contact the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department at 361-485-3200.