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2016 Missouri River 340 Paddling Race from Kansas City to St Charles

Submitted by on July 17, 2016 – 5:19 pm
11th Annual Missouri River 340 race starts next week at Kaw Point. The official name of the race these days is Missouri American Water MR340. I am paddling my Sea Wind canoe again. Boat number: 0013.
Here are links to
– my own spot tracking map, and
RaceOwl webpage where you can track all racers with registered spot devices. Right now, paddlers are spread all over the country, but on Tuesday morning they will get organized at Kansas City.

My first 10 years with MR340 Race

I have been with the Missouri River 340 from the very beginning. I was always paddled solo finishing the race 8 times. I missed one race postponed due to flooding. And once, I paddled the race course in flooding stage when the race was rescheduled. I was paddling 4 different boats, but 4 times Kruger’s Sea Wind canoe. 5 last races were unsupported. I used Amtrak for shuttle.

This is a quick look at the past 10 years (this writing still needs some updates and additions)

2006


Boat: Spencer Xtreme canoe
Finish time: 78:32

My first paddling on the Missouri River. It reminded me the Vistula River in Poland where I started my padding journey in 1970s: a wide valley with some cliffs, barges, wing dikes, sandbars and sand dredges. Heavy thunderstorms at first night. Otherwise. it was pretty relaxed paddling at least in comparison to Texas Water Safari and WaterTribe challenges.

No checkpoints. I was stopping almost everywhere and shooting a lot of pictures. A shower at Glassgow, a lunch at Cooper Landing, … 15 boats entered and 10 finished, so the river was quite empty. My race ended up with a long sprint finish against Bryan Hopkins. Connie provided a land support.

2007


Boat: WSBS Thunderbolt-X kayak
Finish time: 68:00
I tried to go a little faster that year. T-bolt is the fastest boat in my fleet. I paddled relatively fast from checkpoint to checkpoint and taking some rest there. Somewhere upstream of Jeff City the kayak started to leak pretty badly. I lost several hours at Noren trying to figure out what was going on. I couldn’t find the problem. So, I kept paddling, and leaking stopped … I believe water was coming through the unused mount of the under stern rudder. The hole was protected just by a piece of tape which was getting loose time to time and letting water inside at some occasions. Now, I have a good plug for this mount tubing. Connie provided a land support.

2008

Boat: Kruger Sea Wind canoe
Finish time: 62:17
It was my first race in Sea Wind and the first one unsupported except a shuttle with Connie. I paddled from barbecue to barbecue spending too much time at checkpoints.

2009


Boat: Surfrigger outrigger canoe
Finish time: 61:11
Surfrigger is faster than Sea Wind, but not so comfortable. It would be much faster if I could use a double blade paddle. I really need to redesign a rear ama for that purpose. It’s a very long boat, and landing at some boat ramps was quite awkward. Just slight improvement in racing time from the previous year.

2010

2010 MR340 race with Sea Wind canoe

Boat: Kruger Sea Wind canoe
Finish time: 55:59
Another self supported run in Sea Wind canoe. Shuttle by Amtrak. I created a time lapse animation covering first 50* hours of the race.

2011

I missed that race. It was delayed by one month due to flooding, then canceled, but finally rescheduled for October. A cold and wet race. It could be a good run in Sea Wind canoe.

2012


Boat: JKK Supernova kayak
Finish time: 69:26
Self supported race with a shuttle by Amtrak.
Another brave attempt to race in a kayak, but I am not well designed for long sitting in a kayak. It was a long and a miserable race. I cannot keep a proper paddling posture for longer than 10 hours.

2013

mr340-2013-start-3
Boat: Kruger Sea Wind canoe
Finish time: 62:21
Back to a comfort of Sea Wind canoe. Self supported race with a shuttle by Amtrak.

2014 Krugerhead Race

Boat: Kruger Sea Wind canoe
Finish time: ~51:00
When I arrived to Kaw Point that year I learned that the MR340 race was rescheduled due to flooding, but I paddled the race course together with a few other Kruger boats. The river was fast, there were some trees and debris floating in places. I would like to paddle in a fragile racing kayak. My fastest time on the race course. Self supported run with a usual shuttle by Amtrak (I left the boat a hotel).

2015

Missouri River sunrise
Boat: Kruger Sea Wind canoe
Finish time: 53:16
Self supported race with a shuttle by Amtrak.
Turtle strategy: long runs up to 13 hours without touching the shore.

During last years I don’t do any special endurance training for MR340, just paddling for fun and photography, mostly with SUP. My longest paddling before 2015 race was only 8 miles. I am paying more attention to recovery and generally healthy lifestyle.

I am looking forward to the next 10 years with MR340.


2006 Missouri River 340 Results: 10 Kayak and Canoe Finishers
3 Years of the Missouri River 340 Race
5 Years of Missouri River 340 Race in Reports, Pictures and GPS Tracks

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