July 23, 2013
More than 500 paddlers in canoes and kayaks took off from Kansas City’s Kaw Point earlier this morning as part of the MR340 endurance race.
Held annually, the race spans 340 miles across Missouri, beginning in Kansas City and ending in St. Charles. Participants are given 88 hours to complete the course. Last year, only two-thirds of the teams completed the challenge.
Along the route are nine checkpoints, where participants are required to sign in and sign out.
The average current along the river is 3 miles per hour and