Tue - July 3, 2007

1st Annual Kansas River "Gritty Fitty" Race - GPS Tracks and Pictures



49 boats started the race at Lawrence on June 30, 2007 and 39 boats reached the finish at Kaw Point (if I counted correctly, see the race results). Paddlers needed from 7:04 to 11:36 hours to complete the race course.

Course record times:

  • men's solo: 7:04 hours - West Hansen
  • men's tandem: 7:42 hours - Zaiham Abdullah and Saum Liwon
  • women's solo: 10:24 hours - Christina Glauner
  • women's tandem: 8:10 hours - Di McHenry and Natalie Courson
  • mixed tandem: 8:47 hours - Katie Pfefferkorn and Charlie Lockwood

Kansas River Gritty Fitty Race My GPS recorded 51.5 miles during the race which includes a few minutes paddling around starting line. Below is a plot of my speed in Thunderbolt-X kayak with finishing time 7:17. I stopped only for a portage. I started to slow down somewhere around 25th mile.

You can also follow my race by downloading a Google Earth file and following my GPS track.


Kansas River Gritty Fitty Race speed track

I did not shoot any pictures before or during the race, but I was shooting after finishing at the Kaw Point. The cloudy and rainy weather was not so great for photography. You can click thumbnails below to see larger images.

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You can find more pictures from the on Kansas City Star web pages. They were shot at the start and 20 miles downstream from the Desoto boat ramp. Colorful kayaks and canoes in rain ...

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