Dave Marner has very graciously given me permission to post his photos of the MR340 (Missouri River 340-mile race). I have credited each photo to him per his request. Thanks, Dave!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. They are an outstanding documentation of this very unique and extreme paddling race that began Tuesday July 31 at 7:00 AM in Kansas City, Missouri, and ended Friday August 3 at 11:00 PM in St. Charles, Missouri. Every racer is a rock star!
I speak for many giving special thanks to Missouri River Relief and all of the safety boats watching out for all of the racers’ lives. And, kudos to all ground crews, race personnel, volunteers, and supporters, on the river or at home. Good job.
I accomplished two major milestones in my planning yesterday: I mailed off my first of many sponsorship proposal letters (this one to Eddyline Kayaks-I hope they like it), and I announced the trip to my Facebook friends after two weeks of serious consideration, and numerous questions emailed to Norm Miller (thank you again, Norm).
It is almost a relief to commit to the project, and then announce it. Once you announce your plan, doubts and worries transform into direction and details. I have passed the point of no return. Going for it is the only option.
Today, I feel great. Not so much because of these two accomplishments, but more so because I am NOT racing in the MR340 race (340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles) today, tomorrow, and the next day in triple digit heat. Now THAT’s extreme paddling!