2021 Links (July 20-23, 2021)
Squeezed between a week of near flooding conditions and a heat wave, the 2021 race was just right! 419 boats with 639 paddlers from 39 states started the race with 302 boats finishing the race. This was the first race hosted by Missouri River Relief and we are so proud with the performance of all the racers and the rock-solid support by all the volunteers. No storms, moderate heat and patchy fog meant for a fun and challenging race.
- 2021 Results (raceowl.com)
- PHOTOS - Official race photographer Cindy Hiles (explore several galleries from the race check-in to the finish line)
- PHOTOS - "Best of 2021"on Flickr from Missouri River Relief
- PODCAST & Article - KCUR 89.3 - "Paddlers Brave Heat Stroke, Exhaustion And 340 Miles Of The Missouri River Just To Finish Last" - super great podcast from Gina Kaufmann's series "Real Humans".
- ARTICLE - Missouri Life Magazine - "Missouri's Most Extreme Adventures" - August 2021 - includes the MR340 with veteran paddlers Amber & Rusty Coons as well as 340 veteran Chuck McHenry talking about the St. Francis River.
- Jefferson City News Tribune - "Missouri River Relief acquires MR340 race" by Jeff Haldiman, Dec. 9, 2020
- Columbia Missourian - "Columbia paddlers ready for a 340-mile race along the Missouri River" by Alex Wang, July 20, 2021 - "MR340 paddlers make a stop at midpoint en route to St. Charles" by Alex Wang, July 21, 2021
- Columbia Daily Tribune - "Rivermiles passes paddle of MR340 race to Missouri River Relief" by Charles Dunlap, Dec. 7, 2021
- Keloland - "Sioux Falls resident, Navy Veteran finishes 340-mile paddle boat race in Missouri" by Eric Meyer, July 23, 2021 (about racer Thomas McClelland)
- KOMU-8 - "MR340 brings paddlers, supporters and community together" by Meagan Hodges, July 21, 2021
- KSHB-TV - "Descendant of Lewis & Clark expedition carves canoe for MR340 race" - by Charlie Keegan, July 20, 2021
- FOX-4KC - "MR340 river race underway as hundreds of boats make their way from KC to St. Louis" with video, by Heidi Schmitt, July 20, 2021
- PHOTOS - Washington Missourian - "MR340 participants race past Washington, Klondike" -
- ARTICLE - Magnificent Missouri - "Let the Missouri River Be Your Desitnation"
- ABC17 - "How the weather is impacting the MR340 Race" - by Maddie Est, July 21, 2021
- Ft. Leavenworth Lamp - "CGSC instructor completes 340-mile river race" - by Katie Peterson, Aug. 5, 2021
- BLOG - Calico Moon Race Report - by Rusty Coons
- Park Hills Daily Journal - "Stolen kayak replaced by wave of generosity" - by Sarah Haas, Aug. 21, 2021
- VIDEO - "My MR340 Journey | Paddling 340 miles on a Stand Up Paddle Board" by paddler Michael Carson.
2020 Links (August 4-7, 2020)
To hold the 15th Annual MR340 race during this pandemic year, when so many public events have been cancelled, was a breath of fresh air. We are so grateful for the bravery of Scott and Kate Mansker for leading the way to a safe outdoor adventure for everyone. To witness the perseverance of the racers, the selflessness of the volunteers, the dedication of the ground crews, and the heroism of the safety crews was the medicine we all needed. All divisions and conflicts melted away as the MR340 wove its magic across the state.
The weather was incredible, with cool nighttime lows and highs in the 80's. Lots of clouds but no threatening storms. Heavy fog the first night followed by several days of perfection. Regional downpours the week before the race kept things dicey up to the last minute, but instead of the high water some racers had hoped for, we had a falling river, covering all of the landings with a layer of pudding mud. That always makes for some fun challenges for everyone!
While there were so many outstanding performances, one vessel, in particular, captured everyone's imagination. The handcrafted "Kraken", designed by racer Matt Walters and crewed by Matt, Joe Mann and "Uncle A-Dog", is a three-person pedal drive craft utilizing four actual canoe paddles on a chain drive. Impossible to explain and hard to believe even when seeing with your own eyes, the boat was the first to hit the finish line.
COVID precautions were observed throughout the race, with everyone masking up on ramps, food lines and other crowded locations. We hope this year's race is a model for the cooperation and care we need to move forward as a country.
- 2020 Results (raceowl.com)
- PHOTOS - Gallery by official race photographer Cindy Hiles (there are many galleries capturing the race start and the finish line over several days)
- PHOTOS - Missouri River Relief's Flickr Album
- PHOTOS - "PHOTO GALLERY - MR340 comes through Cooper's Landing and Jefferson City" - by Elizabeth Underwood and Zephyrus Li, Aug. 6, 2020.
- USCA Canoe News - "The Kraken - Unlikely MR340 Story" by Joe Mann, Winter 2020.
- Columbia Missourian - "MR340 back on the water for 2020" - by Chris Martucci, Aug. 3, 2020
- Jefferson City News-Tribune - "MR340 racers glide down Missouri River on foggy morning" - by Jeff Haldiman, August 5, 2020.
- 13KRCG - "Hundreds flood Missouri River for world's longest continuous paddle race" - by Lexie Petrovic, August 5, 2020 • "Local woman sets sights on finishing MR340" (about racer Sherry Isenhart) - by Kevin Ryans, August 4, 2020
- Washington Missourian - "PHOTO GALLERY: Racers in Missouri River 340 stop in Washington" - by Julia Hansen and Bill Battle, August 7, 2020
- Chico Enterprise-Record - "Chico’s Peter Bjorklund places second atop paddle board in world’s longest non-stop river race" - by Justin Couchot, August 31, 2020.
Personal blogs and posts
2019 Links (November 15-16, 2019)
The Great Flood of 2019 postponed the race until Novemeber. Due to sub-freezing conditions, the race was limited to racers that were reasonably capable of breaking a course record and finishing the race before nightfall on day 2. Only three boats entered (with four paddlers) and one tandem boat finished (Steve Landick and Jeremy Vore of Michigan).
- Missouri Life Magazine - "Dodging Barges, Hallucinating, and Lost on the Big Muddy - Inside the MR340" - by Evan Henningsen, August 9, 2019 - great stories and tips from MR340 veterans.
- Terrain Magazine - "Conquering the Missouri River 340 Endurance Paddle Race" - by Eric Berger, September 2019 - Also "Preparing for the MR340, the World’s Longest Nonstop Paddle Race" (Q&A with racers Dr. David Crane and Scott Croom) - by Amy Narishkin, Jan. 29, 2014.
- Fox4KC - "MR 340, nonstop boat race on the Missouri River, postponed because of flooding" by Zac Summers, June 10, 2019 (about first postponement)
- Jefferson City News-Tribune - "Missouri River race, cleanup events moved to October" - by Jeff Haldiman, Sept. 4, 2019.
- Fox4KC - " ‘Quit is just not in my vocabulary:’ Only four taking on MR 340 boat race on Missouri River" - by Regan Porter, Nov. 12, 2019.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - "Missouri River racers paddle 340 miles in freezing conditions; one boat finishes"- by Annika Merrilees, Nov. 17, 2020.
- Columbia Missourian - "Rocket Run poses challenge to veteran racers" - by Tawnie Wilson, Nov. 16, 2019.
2018 Links (July 24-27, 2018)
The 13th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 was quite possibly the smoothest yet. With relatively high, swift water, cool temps and only one fairly mild storm, the conditions were perfect for records to drop. And boy did the records drop. With the lowest DNF ratio ever (about 10%), this was a race built for competition and for personal conquest.
- PHOTOS - Gallery by official race photographer Cindy Hiles
- PHOTOS - Gallery by Melissa Baugh Mayes of Waverly, Jeff City & Hermann
- PHOTOS - thisishermann.com - Photos by Mike Langille - see link on front page menu for last 5 years
- Columbia Missourian - "A team of 12 prepares to race down the Missouri River standing on a paddleboard" - by Margaret Austin, July 9, 2018. About "Colter's Run", the 12 person standup paddleboard dragonboat. / "Boone County paddlers take to the water Tuesday for MR340" - by Margaret Austin, July 21, 2018. / "Racers see Missouri from the water in MR340 river race" - by Margaret Austin, July 24, 2018. / "Missouri River 340 racers push through mental obstacles" - by Sam Nelson, July 25, 2018. / "Columbia, Boone County paddlers complete MR340" - by Missourian Staff - June 27, 2018 /
- Salem News - "MR340: ‘This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip’" - by Donald Dodd, July 10, 2018 - about racer Jess Baldwin.
- KOMU TV -"The Proud Marys gear up to race down the Missouri River" - by Mercedes Mackay - July 23, 2018 / "Paddlers break record in annual kayak and canoe race" - by Amber Raub and Stephanie Sandoval - June 30, 2018 /
- Jefferson City News Tribune - "Spirit Like a River"- by Phillip Sitter - July 26th, 2018
- Missourinet - "MR 340 River Race not only a competition but a bonding experience" - by Bill Pollack - July 25, 2018
- KBIA Radio - "After 33 sleepless hours, canoe team shatters Missouri River 340 record" - by Kae Petrin - July 26, 2018
- Marshall Democrat-News - "Hundreds take on the ‘Big Muddy’ during annual river race" - by Whitney Barnes - July 26, 2018
- Columbia Tribune - "Boaters in 340-mile race take a break in Columbia" - by Roger McKinney - July 25, 2018.
- Liberty Courier-Tribune - "Working Together - Couple joins forces for state-long ride on Missouri River" - By Thom Hanrahan - July 19, 2018
- Iosco County News-Herald - "Oscoda man helps set record in Missouri canoe endurance race" - by Jason Ogden - August 7, 2018 - about record breakers "River Fitness"
- Grand Forks Herald - "West Fargo couple takes on 340-mile Missouri River kayak race" - by Robin Huebner - August 1, 2018 - about mixed tandem Craig and Sarah Griesbach.
- SUP the Mag - "Shane Perrin's 12 Person SUP Team Completes 340 Mile Race"- by Phil White - August 13, 2018
2017 Links (August 8-11, 2017)
2017 was perhaps the best weather ever for the MR340. Relatively cool and often cloudy with no severe storms. Storms just a few days before the race put organizers on pins and needles waiting to see how the river would react. But it turned out to be a fairly low and slow river for most of the race course.
373 boats started the race with 79 not finishing.
A collection of articles, videos and other links from the 2017 race.
- Official Race Photos by Cindy Hiles Photography
- Kansas City Star (with video) - "Hundreds of canoes, kayaks take off from KCK for 340-mile race down Missouri River" by Robert Cronkleton, Aug. 8, 2017
- Jefferson City News-Tribune - "Team 680 to support mental serenity, local schools as they tow and float their own "Serenity Now" - by Phillip Sitter, Aug. 1, 2017 - "Expected heavy rains could affect river race" - by Jeff Haldiman, Aug. 6, 2017 - "River racers cool with weather - MR340 competitors deal with quick current, debris" - by Jeff Haldiman, Aug. 10, 2017 - About Ganey-Wilson Team 0680 - 'Serenity Now' - "Local MR 340 participant Team 680 on homestretch of bike-canoe journey" by Phillip Sitter, Aug 12, 2017
- Columbia Missourian - Three articles and photo galleries focused on Columbia area paddlers Team "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" by Gina Balstad - "Columbia team takes on MR340 for first time" - "Family and friends provide motivation, support for paddlers in MR340 race" - "Columbia team finishes MR340 within time limit"
- Washington Missourian - "Canoe Racers Found After Boat Capsized - Early Thursday Morning Near Washington" - by Monte Miller, Aug. 10, 2017
- Springfield News-Ledger - "No lost fingernails this time: Hollister paddler wins grueling 340-mile Missouri River race" by Wes Johnson, Aug. 20, 2017 (about solo winner Brad Daniels) - "Dodging barges, pushing limits: 'I like adversity' says Branson paddler" - by Wes Johnson, Aug. 20, 2017 (about Team Division winners Tandemonium - Diane Diebold, Daryl Simon and Mike Day) - "Pokin Around: Dylan McHardy told me he’ll do anything to win. I believe him." - by Steve Pokin, Aug. 21, 2017
- Daily Gate City - "Paddle boarding impacts Holman's life" - by Brad Cameron
- KSDK-TV - "Why 40-year-old St. Louisan Anthony Arington paddles with a purpose" - by Audrey Dahlgren, June 26, 2017
- VIDEO - "MR340 2017 "Team Green Eggs and Ham" - by the Turleys, who ended up not starting the race but helped at race checkpoints all week long.
- VIDEO - "The People of the MR340"- video by Anna Walters.
- VIDEO - "Missouri native wins grueling cross-state kayak race" - video interview with race legend Joe Mann, Sept. 4, 2017, KSHB TV
- VIDEO - Posted on the "Two Board Dudes" blog about the 5 person SUP team. "Endings with new beginnings, The MR340 Part 1" • "And we are off, The MR340 Part 2 – Kaw Point to Klondike" • "Klondike to Finish Line – MR 340 Part 3"
2016 Links (July 19-22, 2016)
This year was the biggest yet and no cancellations or flood threat! 550 paddlers in 370 boats started the race and 391 paddlers in 262 boats finished.
Towards the end of the first day was a quick but intense storm that knocked a bunch of people out of their boats. By helping each other, most racers got back in the race and heading downstream before sunset.
This was the first year that an all female boat was the first to hit the finish line (in fact first time a female was in the overall winning boat). The six woman boat "Boatylicious" took the honors with a time of 38:22. The youngest 340 racer ever, 11 year-old Konner Norman was in a tandem with his dad, Matt. The oldest 340 participant ever, 81 year-old Dale Sanders "The Greybeard Adventurer", was part of a 3-man SUP team with Shane Perrin and Jerico LeFort. This was the largest SUP field yet, with 17 starting the race and 13 finishing.
- Columbia Missourian -"Columbia paddlers prepare for their first MR340 race" by Katryn Cawdry and Jessica Heim-Brouwer, July 18, 2016 • "Despite extreme heat and storm, MR340 paddlers go with the flow" by Jessica Heim-Brouwer, July 20, 2016; "Supported on ground and on river, MR340 paddlers don't race alone" by Katryn Cawdry, July 22, 2016;
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - "All-women team paddles 340 miles in 38 hours to win Missouri River race" by Kristen Taketa, July 20, 2016
- Columbia Tribune - "Canoeists, kayakers enduring 340-mile race on Missouri River" by Roger McKinney, July 20, 2016
- Canoe & Kayak Magazine - "Women’s team claims Missouri River 340 canoe ultra-marathon" - by Dave Shively, July 28, 2016
- SUP Racer News - "Inspirational: Bart De Zwart, Joanne Hamilton-Vale and 14 Other Bold Paddlers Conquer the 547km “MR340” Race in Missouri"
- Jefferson City News-Tribune - "River Endurance Race Returns" - by Jeff Haldiman - July 18, 2016
- St. Joseph News-Press - "Area Men Canoe Across Missouri River" (dumbest MR340 headline ever?) - by Cody Thorn, July 28, 2016
- SUP the Mag - "81 Year Old Completes MR340 Race on Three-Man SUP" - by Phil White, July 30, 2016.
- Springfield News-Leader - "Republic boy, 11, youngest to paddle 340-mile Missouri River race" - by Wes Johnson, August 11, 2016. AND "Local Paddlers prepare for grueling 340 mile race across Missouri" - by Wes Johnson, July 13, 2016 (About team "Gemini" #2116 - Dylan McHardy and Jim Short. )
- "Paddlers pushing limits in endurance racers" - by Phil White - SUP the Mag - June 30, 2016 - mentions veteran SUP paddler Shane Perrin and his four-man, four generation SUP team "Keep Standing" featuring Dale Sanders (record for oldest man to paddle entire Mississippi River Source to Sea), Jerico Lefort and Nathan Woods.
- "Lauren Rodriguez to enter grueling 340 mile race across Missouri: The MR340" - by Allie Brown, April 4, 2016, SUP Connect
- "Alton man kayaking for a cause" - by Scott Cousins, July 16, 2016 - Alton Telegraph. About Logan Sims.
- "Local men compete in Missouri River race" - by David Merrill, Maryville Daily Forum, July 25, 2016. About Madison Davis & Tom Fletchall, Team "It's All Water" #8793
Blogs & Such
2015 Links (July 28-31, 2015)
2015, the 10th Annual Missouri River 340, will be known for its high water, extremely hot first day and "The Storm". Even up to the last hours before the race, a series of thunderstorms rolling across northwestern Missouri pushed river projections for the race very close to flood stage, which would force organizers to close the race course. That never happened and the race went as planned.
This was the largest run ever, with two dramatic starts - first all solos, then tandems and teams. The first day was brutally hot, with many participants quitting the race at one of the first few checkpoints. On the evening of the first night, a storm rolled through Miami to Glasgow. With such high water, racers were forced to find little spots on the muddy banks to hunker down and wait through the storm, which lasted for several hours in some places. One group hunkered down under a riverside cabin and others waited in boat ramp privies for the storm to calm down.
The race leaders largely missed the storm, and this is reflected in the large number of records that fell this race.
- The Sedalia Observer - "Sedalian to compete in annual river race" - by Randy Kirby, July 22, 2015. About racer Barry Brock.
- Kansas City Star - "Hundreds of paddlers hit the river for the Missouri American Water MR340" - by Austin Huguelet, July 28, 2015; "Canoeists set record in paddling 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo." - by Associated Press, July 30, 2015
- Columbia Missourian - "Columbia river racers gear up to beat the heat for 340 miles" • July 29, 2015 - "Missouri 340 boaters near checkpoint at Katfish Katy's" (includes Twitter compilation) "Checkpoint offers supplies, brief respite for racers in Missouri River 340" • July 30, 2015 - "Swift river drives record times in Missouri River 340" - articles by Kayla Piedemonti - July 27, 2015
- St. Louis Post Dispatch - "Canoeists set a new record for paddling from KC to St. Charles" - • "Texas tandem captures 10th Missouri river race" by Jack Witthaus, July 29, 2015
- Jefferson City News-Tribune - "Rescue boat aids river race paddler in distress" - by Jeff Haldiman, July 31, 2015
- Columbia Tribune - "River race leaders stop at Huntsdale" - by Jodie Jackson - July 29, 2015
- South County Times - "Float Trip" by Leslie McCarthy, Aug. 7, 2015 about #0128 (Norco Express)
- Morning Ag Clips - "Conquering the Mighty Mo" about the "AgRowers"
- Bozeman Daily Chronicle - "Gallatin Gateway kayaker finding niche in long-distance races" - by Michael Applegate, Aug. 1, 2015 - about Dave Hutchison
- KRCG-13 - "Coaches canoe to honor 50 years of Jays wrestling" - by Ashley Zavala, July 29, 2015
- News Gazette - "Tough Flow to Row" - by Jodi Heckel, August 11, 2015. About Steven Butler and Nathan Willard.
- Richmond News - "Neither wind, rain nor debris kept Sanson from his goals" - by racer Gary Sanson.
- Lebanon Daily News - "Paddle power: Looking for a racing adventure, J.D. Moore found a three-day rush by kayak down the Missouri River"
Blogs and Such
2014 Links (August 12-15, 2014)
The 2014 Missouri American Water MR340 was postponed from July to August 12-15 due to flooding in the western half of the race course. It was impossible for many who had registered for the original date to make the reschedule, but still 230 boats with 344 paddlers showed up at Kaw Point Park for the 9th annual MR340.
Temps were mild, even a bit chilly at night, with fog in the early morning hours. River levels were perfect and the Persied meteor showers peppered the night sky with gorgeous streaks. As always, the determination of the racers was inspiring and the hard work and dedication of the race volunteers was impressive. For some, this was the perfect race conditions. 190 boats finished.
This was also the inaugural run for the e-340, the first all-solar-powered boat race on the Missouri River. Five boats entered, two boats started and one boat finished under its own power at Katfish Katy's.
Prerace News Articles
- Terrain Magazine -"Preparing for the MR340, the world's longest nonstop paddle race" - by Amy Narishkin, Jan. 29, 2014
- Columbia Tribune - "River Race Sweeps away Columbia residents" - July 4, 2014 (Racer Ed Czebrinski)
- Kansas City Star -"In handcrafted canoe Missouri man and grandson will take river's challenge" - June 22, 2014 (Racers Ken Wodrich and Keaton Schroeder - Team "We Got A Leak")
- Springfield News-Leader - "340 miles in a kayak" - July 4, 2014 (Racer Ian Rogers)
- Lee's Summit Journal - "Lee's Summit paddlers join river adventure" - July 3, 2014 (Racers Jane Monroe and Jody Carroll - "Blistered Sisters")
- Public News Service - "Paddlers Prepped to Preserve Clean Water" - July 7, 2014
- ActionHub - "A Race for Conservation: The Missouri American Water MR340" - June 25, 2014
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - "Missouri River float trips join St. Charles wine country menu" - June 14, 2014
- Canoe & Kayak Magazine - "Heroes on the Missouri" by Dave Shively, August 25, 2014
- Kansas City Star -“Safety boat captains serve in the MR340 for the love of the river and a challenge” – by Krystal Thomas, August 12, 2014
- Columbia Daily Tribune -“Massive river race winds through Mid-Missouri” – by Alan Burdziak, August 13, 2014
- KBIA Radio (with audio) - “Missouri Hosts World’s Longest Canoe & Kayak Race” (sic) – by Brandon Kiley
- KCUR Radio (with extended audio) -“Racers paddle across the Missouri River in the MR340” – by Matt Hodap
- KCUR Radio - "Living to tell the tale - Missouri River Racers Make it Home" - Interview with Doug Jennings and Amy Sevcik on "Central Standard"
- Jefferson City News Tribune -“River Racers take welcome break at JC Landing” – by Landon Reeves
- Gangsta translation of KC Star article -"Missouri Riva racerz start they 340-mile tour from KCK"
- Columbia Missourian -"Family support helps man during Missouri River 340 Race" - by Christian Fellwock and Lauren Kastner
- Missouri Ruralist - "No Mama's Boys on this Ag Float Trip" - by Mindy Ward, August 20, 2014
- Lee's Summit Journal - "Sisters Win in River Race" - by Russ Pulley, August 26, 2014
Blogs and Such
2013 Links (July 23-26, 2013)
This year was one of the most pleasant races in recent memory, with milder summer temperatures. Lower flows made for a slower race in general, but records were still broken.
Articles Before Race
During/After Race -
2012 (July 31-Aug. 3, 2012)
This year was dominated by the heat. 3-digit temps on several days. 580 paddlers signed up for the race. About 475 started it and approximately 300 finished. Those that finished used all kinds of innovative tricks to keep cool, from jumping into the river at checkpoints to wearing tube socks full of ice around their necks. You'll see as you read the stories below.