Hello veteran racers and soon-to-be MR340 veterans!

Your final dispatch of 2024! This time next week I will have seen each of you at Kaw Point Park!

Check out this video of race finish, race start, and race course updates.

Race Check-In

Monday July 22, 2024 from Noon-8pm each racer will come to Kaw Point Park to check-in.

You will stop at four stations:

1. Check your info- your final chance to update your racer and boat information.

2. Turn in your wavier that indicates you watched the 2024 Safety Video

3. RaceOwl Check-in. Your first check-in for the race is Kaw Point Park on Monday, see the racer RaceOwl Zoom from last week or the resource page for help setting up your tracking. Get your tracker shared to RacOwl and/or the app ready on your phone.

Ground crews can attend the RaceOwl Zoom this Thursday at 6:30pm. (see the facebook group, featured posts pinned to the top and msg Jon for the link). 

Give your ground crews Barbara Edington’s phone number.  (409) 659-5146 if they have any RaceOwl related questions while tracking you, give her a call!

4. Pick up your race swag bag with your racer tshirt, Missouri American Water Rubber Duckie, and Safety Card.

Race Day Parking

Tuesday, July 23, 2024. The parking lot at Kaw Point Park fills up early! Usually by 5am! Check out the parking map and plan accordingly. Be there early, well before your race start time (7am for solos, 8am for all other divisions). Hopefully your boat is already staged there in the park. This year we will again have the option to park in the huge municipal lot #4 for free, between 5am and 9am, located between State Ave and Minnesota. If you’re staying at the Hilton, you’re good to go using their parking and walking over.

Most racers and crew need to plan to park outside Kaw Point Park Tuesday morning at one of the lots available and walk in via the Riverfront Heritage Trail that comes right into Kaw Point Park. There will be no drop off zones at Kaw Point Park for racers, crew or boats.

Race Day Launching

Tuesday, July 23, 2024. The start time for solos is 7am, the start time for all other divisions is 8am. There will once again be two lines to launch from the ramp. You can also launch from the point or anywhere along the bank. Check out this video for photos.  When you are in line, be ready to go! This is not the time or place to adjust your gear. When you launch, head over to the bank or upstream in the Kansas River to wait until the starting signal. The start line runs from the downstream edge of the ramp across the river. All racers must start behind that line. See the video for more information on Race Day Start, Parking, what a delay to race start would look li

Please check your information one more time- look over each field carefully. Let me know if there are any changes that need to be made.

Photo by Chris Hammond RainbowMarks 2023

Night One

Row, Row your boat, gently down the Missouri River at night.

In the last dispatch we talked about your first day. Which ramps do you plan to stop to resupply. What’s your back up plan if you’re going faster or slower than expected.

If you are at Waverly and wanting to stop, push on to Hill’s Island. If you reach Miami and can continue, go on to Dalton Bottoms. Shoot for Glasgow if it’s within your reach. Do what you can on day one while you’re still energized and riding the thrill of the race to set yourself up for success on day two and the distance you need for day three or four to hit your time.

What’s your sleep plan? Set your allotted time on land for changing clothes, sleeping, getting up to get back on the water in your allotted time. Add it all up and have a set time ready to go. Have your ground crew hold you to the set time limit.

Think about that first night. Many of you will enter a conga line of kayaks and canoes the first night. It’s exciting! As night darkens, find another boat and stick together through the night miles if you can. I recall in 2020 watching what I dubbed the “mating dance of canoes”. Rudderless canoes in front of us, watching their lights as they zigged and zagged and sudden bursts of light as they spotted buoys. The dance of lights kept us entertained for miles. The night can be dark if the moon is covered by clouds. Stay alert and know your abilities and limits.

If you run into fog, find a ramp to pull out if you can. We were stuck on a muddy bank for hours when fog suddenly appeared, and we were stranded too far from Miami to go upstream and too far from Dalton Bottoms. We learned through dispatch the fog was stretching for 120 miles. It was early morning hours near 2am when it hit. I was in the back of a tandem kayak and couldn’t see my partner, we couldn’t see the edges of our paddles or our hands. By sunrise it began to burn off and we could see the haze in the photos below.

Be sure your lights are not too bright that you lose your night vision and blind yourself or those behind you. You can tape off the back section of the lights to block the light coming directly back at you.

It’s nice to have a dry top to change into at night. I cut the legs off 2 pairs of fleece leggings to have at night when I would get chilly from the air temp and exertion. I pulled those up over my legs and arms, attaching the tops to my life jacket. I’d dip my hand in the river as night approached and during the night to test and when the water felt warm, I put on the fleece. Know yourself. Have your rain gear ready to cover your legs from splashes. Plan to get that gear ready to go before it’s too dark to see well at your last ramp stop in daylight. Have your headlamp near to grab if you need. Make sure your ground crew turns on your boat lights before your last day time stop or have your remote for your Guardian Angel lights near you, ready to turn on.

Jeff City can be confusing to launch at night with all the lights around. Picture it, what you know it looks like in the daylight.

Be sure you know how to approach the ramp you’re stopping at in the night. It won’t look the same shrouded in dark.
The banks will seem closer and train lights or the parking lot lights at Chamois can make it hard to understand what you’re seeing. Trust the research you’ve done. Listen to your ground crew, the ramp volunteers, and the safety boats.

Be alert to the sounds of hazards in the water you hear at night. If you think you’re hearing a shark splashing about- move, it’s a buoy. If you think you see a nun kneeling near a beach- it’s a buoy, probably in Lisbon Bottoms. If you hear rushing water making you wonder if you’re about to fall off what must be a flat earth, it’s probably a log jam near a chute. If a bright light suddenly spotlights you- you’re not being abducted, move out of the channel, it’s a barge. (Or it’s a helicopter dropping supplies to team Sleipnir’s Doomsword Ascends to Valhalla, call safety dispatch and report them. jk 😊)

Enjoy the experience of paddling/pedaling/rowing at night on the Missouri River, an experience not many will ever know.

Ground crew, watch out when moving your vehicle, there will be people sleeping on the ground all around!!!

Then the morning rises and day 2 is ahead of you. Push through the tired and monotony of the nonstop paddling/rowing/pedal. Ask friends to come cheer you on!

What is your plan for eating as a solo, tandem or team? Do you stop paddling and eat quickly? Do plan to have one person always paddling or will everyone take a break and float while you eat?

Plans change but starting with an idea to go with at first will help you. There's benefit to always paddling if the pace is worth the exertion. Some boat may find it better to stop and all be fully paddling vs partially paddling. Some will plan for liquid only meals to not stop at all. 

It’s your race. There are a myriad of plans and ideas that are great to use and tweak but, in the end, it’s your race.

I can’t wait to see you at the finish line day 2, day 3, or day 4! We’ll be there ready to cheer you in!


Chris Hammond of RainbowMarks Photography will once again be taking photos for the race! Be sure to stop by his spot at the finish line and check out online to get prints and copies!

Race Finish Line Party

Once you reach St Charles Ramp, park your boat, take a photo under the finish sign, and grab some food! Check our Merch tents and our sponsor tents. Come back Friday at 5:30pm to eat tacos purchased from the Lewis & Clark BoatHouse and Muesum and beer from Schlafly. At 6pm our music will be in full swing on the stage with a live band. At 7pm we'll kick off the awards ceremony. We'll finish at 9pm by cheering in the last boat!

You’ve done the work, put in the practice, and are prepared to go! See you in a few days at Kaw Point Park!

Don't forget to buy tickets for one of the amazing raffles going on!
Some Beach Outfitters and Llama Racks are raffling off 5 amazing prizes that will be drawn separately at the finish line awards show. You don't have to be present to win. Tickets are only$20!!

Truth Outdoors will have a raffle for a kayak/canoe light set with an armband and gator clip. The winner will be drawn at the race start at their sponsor booth. Purchase at ticket for $10. You don't have to be present to win!

TS Paddles will be raffling off a hand carved wooden canoe paddle based on the stories of last year's race! A one of a kind paddle! Winner will be drawn at the finish line. You don't have to be present to win! Tickets are $15!

All raffle proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief. 

See you soon!

Taby Lane

Race Manager  Dispatches

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this all possible!


Hello veteran racers and soon-to-be MR340 veterans!

We are two weeks away from Kaw Point Park! There’s electricity in the air!! Time to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

Be sure you know how you and your boat are getting to Kaw Point and back from St Charles. Don’t forget the logistics for getting your car back as well! Check out the parking options for Tuesday morning.

Ensure you and your ground crew are ready to go! Get your snacks packed in bags labeled by ramp stop. Measure out your electrolytes and supplements. Double check the ramps you plan to stop at, have a backup plan- in case Dalton Bottoms is flooded.

Make plans with your ground for day one if you are ahead or behind your original schedule. Go ahead and create a list of possible food runs based on food options at ramps or in towns across the course.

Having predetermined options makes it much faster when a decision needs to be made. You and your ground crew are going to be tired, limit the decision fatigue by doing part of the work now.

The hardest checkpoint to make is Waverly! You must pass Waverly by 8pm to stay in the race. Have your game plan ready! You don’t want to stay at Waverly overnight- those who do, don’t beat the Reaper. Plan to get as far on night one as you can based on your training. Shoot for Dalton Bottoms and Glasgow. Miami is always there- just don’t dawdle there!

Check out the map and look at the little ramps heading to Waverly- plan to restock there if possible, to avoid crowded ramps. Make a mental note so you and your ground crew know where you can pull over if something happens early in the race.

Once you pass Glasgow, most racers are never in danger of seeing the Reaper.

It’s GAME ON! Just like the race shirts for this year.


One more dispatch will be sent out next week. It’s important to check your information in these final dispatches and relay any updates to me ( as soon as you can. If you have a TBD in your boat or have a notation on the roster beside your boat that you need a unique boat number, get the info to me. Check this information below thoroughly. This will be given to our safety boat and safety dispatch so it’s important it’s correct.


Here is the link for the 2024 Missouri American Water Safety Video. Each racer is required to watch this video prior to race check-in on July 22, 2024. Have your ground crew watch it as well.

In May, we sent out clips from past videos on navigating the Missouri River and Ramps you’ll encounter; check those out if you would like more in depth information on those topics. You’ll find them on the Missouri River Relief YouTube Channel on the MR340 Playlist.


Thursday, July 11 at 6:30pm we will have a zoom with Jon Marble to discuss your RaceOwl questions. Save the link and see you Thursday night! Meeting ID: 825 1319 2862 Passcode: MR3402024

Pre-Race Check-In at Kaw Point
Check-in is at Kaw Point on Monday July 22, 2024. This is mandatory for all racers. We’ll be there from noon to 8pm for you to go through the check-in process. Each individual will need to stop by four stations to turn in your waiver, check your info, perform your first check-in, and pick up your t-shirt with safety card that you’ll keep in your PFD.
Some of our sponsors will have tents with things to hand out or purchase- like last minute lights! We’ll also have our MRR/MR340 merch booth! This year we’re adding new stock! We’ll have can coolies, neck gaiters with a design by Carrie Elliott, new challenge stickers along with the new race shirt and sticker available for purchase! The new race shirt won’t be available to purchase until the finish line after all racers have picked up their shirt at race start.
You are welcome to drop off your empty boat during check-in. Do not leave any gear in your boat. This is available at your own risk, but we will have folks at Kaw Point Park all night keeping an eye on things. Then bring your paddles and gear the morning of race start. It’ll make your early morning arrival for the race a lot easier. Parking fills quickly Tuesday morning and once it’s full, you’ll need to walk your boat over from one of the other parking lots.
Ramp Etiquette
Speaking of ramps. You are going to be joined by hundreds of other racers on the Missouri River, paddling, pedaling or rowing effortlessly; gliding down the river. There will be plenty of room once you leave the starting line on this big river. However, the ramps are small. The ramps remain open to recreational boats throughout the race. We must keep the concrete ramps clear for other boaters and emergency personnel to launch.
At the earlier ramps there will be more of a crowd so it will take more to pull off, get out and move your boat far enough out of the way. Plan for this. Make these stops as quick as you can.
Look for ramps others may not stop at like Napoleon, Cooley Lake, Sibley/Fort Osage, La Benite or Dalton Bottoms as options to stop. If stopping at Lexington, Waverly, or Miami, be ready before you hit the ramp. Run through the checklist out loud. Unhook your hydration bladder, put on shoes, get your paddle ready to stow, be ready to pull up your rudder, clear cockpit area of gear so you are ready to get out if you are getting out of the boat or have the gear on top and ready for your ground crew to restock if you are staying in the boat for a quick restock and go.
Communicate with your ground crew so they are there and ready to catch and send you on your way or let them know of issues you’ve ran into so they can have the supplies and be ready to make adjustments.  
Larger boats may need to plan to stop near the ramps on the banks.
It’s easy to forget anything outside your boat, outside the race, so make a note to be mindful at ramps.

Make a laminated list of the ramps on the river. There are examples you can use in the facebook group. Search the group and you will find quite a few, here, here, here, maps. Get to searching!
Use these or make your own as exhaustive as you want. Type out what mile marker each ramp is and which side of the river. Write out your projected time of arrival and/or the projected hours between the ramps. Math can be hard when you’re tired- write out the miles between the ramps, don't expect to require yourself to figure it out each time. Highlight the ramps you plan to stop at to refuel and which ones you plan to get out of your boat. Mark down when and where you plan to sleep. For each stop, set a time limit and have your ground crew help you stick to it. Don’t lose time unnecessarily at the ramps.
You can organize and laminate these little sheets however you like. It’s nice to have it under the bungee on top of the kayak where you can see, attached to the canoe or in your PFD. Put day one on one side and the other days on the back.
Check out the food options available and make plans for which towns to stop in if needed for resupply.
Let your friends and family know they can follow you on RaceOwl. When they go to the website, they will click on “Missouri American Water MR340 2024”. There is a map to view all the racers across the course, or they can select “view all” on the leader board beside the top 10 racers. Once they select view all, they can search for you by boat number or name. This will allow them to see the list of checkpoints you’ve made, the time, and the estimated time for the next checkpoints. They can scroll to the side and click on the GPS tracker if you have a spot or inreach device activated with RaceOwl.
Share this info with everyone in your circle! Let them know they can AND SHOULD come out to cheer as you and others pass by. They can find areas on the trail following the river near Kansas City or the Katy Trail for most of the route. They can travel to the towns and cheer- Lexington, Waverly, Napolean, Sibley, Missouri City, Miami, Glasgow on day one and early day two. Then they can stop at the Katy Bridge in Boonville, Franklin Island, Cooper’s Landing, Huntsdale, Chamois, Hartsburg, Mokane (and more!) in the central MO area. Heading east, Hermann, New Haven, Washington, Klondike and cheer you in at St Charles!
It's a fun experience for all to partake in so let them know! 

With the extreme flooding in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota over the past couple of weeks, and more rain in Missouri last week, the river has been extremely high. We know that everyone is concerned about whether the race will happen on July 23. The latest wildcard is the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, which is expected to hit parts of southern Missouri, with the edge of the storms possibly reaching the last half of the race course.
Right now, things look good for the race. The river has crested at all locations along the race course and is expected to drop out of flood stage everywhere in the next couple of days. Once Beryl passes, we’ll have a much better idea, but all signs point to a good window for race week. Our goal is for all the gages along the race course to be out of flood stage. However, plan for mud. There will likely be lots of mud!
-A link to monitor the river forecast along the race course
-Follow the updated path of Beryl here
-Predicted precip for the Missouri River Basin here. Scroll down to see day-by-day forecasts
Our final dispatch will be sent out next week. It will contain any route updates we know and the most up to date river and barge conditions. We’ll also go in depth about the race check in process at the starting line, parking, and the race finish line.
Be sure to get in your online orders by July 14th. We’ll have our final merch shipments sent out Monday July 15th. After that, you’ll need to purchase in person at race start or finish or wait until after the race.
Be sure to get in on the raffles we have available.
Some Beach Outfitter and Llama Racks have a raffle that will run until 8pm on July 22, 2024. The winners will be drawn at the finish line party on July 26, 2024.
TS Paddles has a hand carved paddle raffle that will also be drawn at the finish line party.
Truth Outdoor is raffling off a kayak/canoe light kit! The winner will be drawn at their sponsor booth at race check-in on July 22, 2024.
See you in two weeks at Kaw Point Park!

Taby Lane

Race Manager  Dispatches

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this all possible!


Hello Racers!

We’re less than 2 months from race day! I hope you’ve had time to get out on the river to check out the ramps you plan to use, test out your gear, and do some long paddles!

Be sure to check out previous dispatches if you registered after March 14th or happened to miss them in your inbox. Dispatches are posted on the News & Updates page of the MR340 website. I encourage you to share these with your ground crew for them to read; a lot of this information is helpful to them as well.

Your Info

Be sure to check your info in the emailed dispatch. Please review and email with any updates. Accurate information is essential for our safety boat crews.

If you are in a tandem or team division, please check the roster and let me know what the final number will be for your boat so I can remove any TBDs as needed. Encourage any teammates who haven’t registered yet to go ahead and register.

Registration is open until July 8, 2024 for new boats. Changes to registration (boat color/#, teammate, division, etc) can be made until July 19, 2024.

Training Videos

This year’s safety video will be in the June dispatch. It is required for all racers to watch the 2024 Safety Video before check-in day on July 22, 2024.

For Your viewing Pleasure

Until then, here are two links to clips from safety videos of previous years discussing navigation and ramps to help you as you prepare.

The Navigation video discusses the channel, buoys, wing dikes, and barges.
*If you have an awesome back seat tandem partner maybe they’ll sing “bad buoy, bad buoy, whatcha ya gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you” when you see buoys. Because that doesn’t get old after a few hundred miles (so I'm told).

The second video discusses nine ramps or locations on the river from the Google Earth vantage point showing hazards or obstacles in the water to be mindful of as you approach these locations. A great preparation plan to do now is to look at each ramp via google map earth view you plan to stop at or pull into; even your backup ramps. Look at the approach to the ramp, which side of the river is it on, look to see if you can spot any hazards nearby. Seeing the ramps before is beneficial to make mental and physical notes of what to expect. Scroll down the river on the map for an overhead view of the bends- Berger Bends, Lisbon Bottoms.
Be sure to especially study the ramps you plan to stop at in the night. Is there a wing dyke nearby? Is there anything nearby or do you need plan a supply run before leaving the last location? 

Once you've looked at the map, get out on the river. Plan training runs and travel between those ramps to see them in the daylight. Take your ground crew so they can see the ramps from land and practice too. Your ground crew can check out the area to see where they can pitch tents and setup to see you approach and catch you as you come into the ramp. Maybe a make a saved list for driving directions for your ground crew or save addresses on a google doc or go old school and print it out for a binder. 


Check out the leaderboard! This race is under the auspice of Missouri River Relief (MRR). Your registration and fundraising support MRR’s mission to connect people to the Missouri River!

MRR Education Programs offer opportunities for children of all ages to come to the river! From field trips that bring each 4th grader in Columbia Public Schools to the river during Missouri River Days, offering summer camp, to activities for the littlest with Mornings at the River in June for those ages zero-five.

We host large scale clean ups four times a year, often based at the very same ramps you will be using! Our spring cleanups took place at La Benite Park near KC and St. Joseph. We’ll be heading to New Haven in October and hosting a cleanup out of the Lewis & Clark Boat House in St. Charles (finish line!) in September. We also offer Corporate Experiences if you want to get your entire team out on the river or our trash mobs resources if you want to do a little cleanup on your own.

The race you know and love is part of the race and recreation offerings. The Missouri American Water MR340 along with Race to the Dome and Big Muddy Boats rides.

The newest addition is a Catfishing Gear Library where anyone can check out all the supplies needed to catfish, including times to sign up with an instructor. 

Thank you for being a part of such a wonderful river conservation community! Go team!

You can invite others to be a part of this as well. Your individual fundraising link is an easy way for those you know to click and donate. You can find your link on the receipt from Pinwheel when you registered or ask me, and I can forward the receipt on to you.

There is a perk for you! It’s…PERKS! We offer perks for those that reach specific fundraising tiers. Anyone who donates via your link, contributes toward you reaching a fundraising tier. You can read the descriptions and check out the photos on the fundraising page. Each level is something enticing to work toward while helping a great organization!


Check out our online store to pick up racing swag! You can order a ground crew bundle for your hardworking ground crew!


Be watching for the next dispatches!

Coming In the June Dispatch:

In the Final July Dispatch:Check-In Day Info

If you haven’t already, book your hotel stays! We’ve worked out some discounts with a few area hotels in Kansas City, KS and St Charles, MO. Check out the new and updates page for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you July 22, 2024 at Kaw Point Park for check-in!


Hello Racers!

I hope you’ve found time to test yourself gear and your gear on the river as the weather and races have begun to heat up!

This is our second dispatch for the 2024 race. You can find previous dispatches posted in News & Updates on the MR340 website. All racers are responsible for reading each dispatch and relaying info to their ground crew or having their ground crew read them as well.

You’ll also see a new opportunity to win some gear on the News and Updates page! (woot-woot) Llama Racks & Some Beach Outfitters have put together an amazing raffle! Check it out! Tickets are $20. Prizes include: Epic V7 Kayak, Stellar Pro Wing Small Paddle, ZRE PowerSurg Medium Uncut Paddle, & 2 Llama Rack Gift Cards! Those who reach the $1500+ fundraiser will automatically receive 20 tickets into the raffle! Winners will be drawn at the Finish Line Party- you don't have to be present to win. Each prize will be drawn separately which means multiple chances to win!

Have your plans for the 2024 race changed? Let me know if you are no longer able to participate or if you have decided to switch divisions. Registration is open until July 8, 2024. Changes to registration (boat color/#, teammate, division, etc) can be made until July 19, 2024.


As you are getting out and testing your gear and yourself- be sure to check out the MR340 website where you can find loads of resources to assist you as you plan and prepare. While you're there, check out our race calendar for upcoming races. These are a great way to try out your set up and tweak as needed. Refer back to the first dispatch that covered each section of the resources page and go explore all the resources available. 

When planning, check out our Google Map of ramps along the river to decide where you may want to stop to switch out food, take a nap, and/or meet up with ground crew. The Google Earth view allows you to zoom in and see what the access to the ramp looks like from water and land. Included in the descriptions is a list of food vendors who will be present. This list is continually updated as we get closer to the race. 
We also have a written list of ramps with description of amenities, how to access the ramp, etc on the website. These two sources provide a wealth of knowledge as you plot your course as a racer or ground crew.

The Missouri River

The lower Missouri River is a channelized river by the US Army Corps of Engineers to improve navigation. There are buoys, barges, bridges, silver carp, dredges, and wing dikes to watch out for as you navigate the river. Check out race course under resources on the website to learn more about navigating on the Missouri River. 


2024 Waivers are now available. Be sure to print out, sign, and bring your waiver to race check in on Monday, July 22, 2024 between Noon-8pm. Each individual racer must fill out a waiver. Once the 2024 Safety video is released (coming soon) you’ll initial to indicate you’ve watched the video.

Community Conversations

This month, Alpine Shop- Columbia and RHO Engine Room hosted community conversations on racing on the Missouri River and the Missouri American Water MR340 specifically. RHO Engine Room will offer three more opportunities.

May 5: Alma Hopkins (MEd, RD, LD & MR340 finisher) and Amy Harrell, (PA & MR340 finisher) will discuss nutrition.

June 2: Colie Payne (2023 First time MR340 Paddler) and Taby Lane (MR340 Finisher multiple years, Race Manager for Missouri River Relief) will talk about women racing specifics.

June 9: a panel of former racers and ground crew will lead a discussion on Ground Crews. Craig Payne (2023 First time MR340 Ground Crew), Brian Frey (semi-self support racer, MR340 Finisher), Cinda Eichler (Multiple year MR340 finisher, Ground Crew), Annette Humphreys (MR340 finisher and Ground Crew).

These are all held at RHO Engine Room at 10 W Nifong Blvd Suite 115, Columbia, MO 65203 from 5-7pm.


Be sure to check out our online store! Ground Crew Bundles were just added!! These are a great way to show your appreciation for your ground crew!

If you have any updates to communicate about you or your boat, or if you can’t find an answer on our website to a race question, send me an email.

I’ll see you in July on the river!

Taby Lane

Race Manager  



Hello Racers!

I hope you’re excited and gearing up for the 19th Annual Missouri American Water MR340! We're excited to see returning racers and new racers join us on the river this July for an experience of a lifetime! There will be moments of highs and lows as you train, participate, and recover. This is an ultimate challenge that will stick in your memory and a story you're sure to share around a campfire!

The MR340 is Missouri River Relief’s biggest fundraising event of the year. We are excited to bring you this event as part of our portfolio of river activities which includes cleanups, education programs, recreation, and paddling races on the beautiful Missouri River. In addition to the MR340, we’d love to have you join us at any of our other upcoming events!

As we’ve done in previous years, we will send out a series of dispatches over the next few months highlighting pertinent information racers and ground crew should know. We will also direct you to the MR340 website to explore, where all these topics are covered in more depth.  

Each racer and ground crew should read all the dispatches, visit the links provided, and explore our website. You are responsible for knowing the information provided in dispatches, emails, and on the website as well as ensuring your ground crew does as well. This dispatch will cover updating your info, fundraising reminders, and an overview of the information found on the website.

Before we dive in completely, we want to recognize Christina Ruiz for doing an outstanding job these last two years as Race Director! Christina’s last day with Missouri River Relief was February 23, 2024. We are grateful for the wonderful work Christina accomplished building up the racing community and improving all aspects of the race.

Christina shared the following, “Acting as Race Director for the Missouri American Water MR340 has been a real privilege. Being in the weeds of my favorite race came with the wonderful and unexpected surprise of me being able to relive all my own past MR340s again and again. That same excitement of the unknown, the digging deep to complete a challenge, and the celebration of accomplishment has carried me through my own position. Thanks to you all who have been part of my beautiful river journey. SYOTR.”

I have much appreciation for all Christina has done! I joined the team in November and have benefited from wonderful training by Christina. I have already been in communication with many of you and will continue to do so in this role of Race Manager.

Fundraising Deadline

Our first reminder is the fundraising deadline of April 1, 2024. After April 1st, any account under the $200 fundraising goal will be charged the remaining balance plus a late fee of $1.25, along with the standard credit/debit card processing fees. Each registration receives a fundraising link you can share with others to donate in, we encourage you to share that with family and friends. Did you know we have three levels of Perks to encourage racers to fundraise as much as they can?! These stay active after the race, so keep on fundraising!

Your Info

Correct registration information is important for our safety dispatch, safety boats, and personnel. Please be sure you information is complete and up to date. Send any updates or changes to: This includes your contact info, boat number/color, your ground crew and emergency contact information.

Check out the roster page. If you don’t have a boat number listed, it means your number selection was already in use when you registered. When you think of a new number, use Ctrl-F to search on the roster page to check the number is not already in use. Email to have the boat number updated. If you see a “TBD” listed in your boat on the roster, it means you have a partner or team member who hasn’t registered. Send them to the registration page and have them include the same boat number and team name so we can match them up with you. The roster page also shows you who else is registered in your division- take a look!

MR340 race dates this year are July 23-26, 2024 with mandatory Check-In at Kaw Point Park in Kansas City, KS on July 22nd between noon at 8:00pm.


Be sure to read through the rules. You are responsible for knowing this information and sharing it with your ground crew. Every racer is required to have an in person or virtual ground crew, meeting specific stipulations. Your boat is required to have your boat number in 3inch stickers affixed to both sides of the bow above the waterline. Be sure to read through these rules along with the others to ensure you/your team, your boat, your gear, and your ground crew are in compliance.


The resources page has six categories to explore that will inform you of required gear, safety precautions, race tracking, race map, ideas on prepping, and ground crew information. Each of these areas contain vital information. Check them out.

The top of the page hosts a link to a public facebook group. Ask a question and you’ll get a variety of advice fast. There is also a search option, allowing you to see if a question has been asked before and what the responses were. It’s also where some of our sponsors can share info on sales and promotions. This group is chatting about MR340-related topics year-round, so jump in any time!

Race Course section provides information on checkpoints and paddlestops, a race course map, a map of ramps, and other race course information including race check in, race start/finish line, and what the time cut offs are for each checkpoint.

Plan and Prep provides links to resources to assist you in these months leading up to the race. Our race calendar provides info on races happening on the Missouri River and other rivers around that allow you to get out now to test yourself, your boat, and gear.

Ground Crews section covers what is required of a ground crew and what possibilities a good ground crew can open for racers.

Safety page covers a variety of topics from our safety boats and dispatch to 'The Reaper' (you need to beat the Reaper to checkpoints, go to the page to find out the details), weather related precautions, and will have the updated Safety Video that is required to watch.

Race Tracking covers the RaceOwl tracking system used to automatically check in/out of checkpoints.  Future dispatches will cover this in greater depth.

Gear section will cover required gear and recommended gear. As you prepare, a great way to show gratitude to our race sponsors is by purchasing through them when able. Check out our sponsors page to see the list of 2024 sponsors.

Show off to your friends in MR340 gear purchased from our online shop. 100% of the proceeds benefit our nonprofit organization, Missouri River Relief.

Finally, looking for a place to stay in Kansas City, KS or St Charles, MO? We have hotel block information here. We hope to have more options added soon. If you would, let us know where you stayed last year and/or plan to stay this year in the Kansas City area. This information will allow us to offer more hotel options in the future. Use this form.

We can’t stress the importance of training! Get on the water, test your gear, your setup, your boat, and teamwork. See what’s it like to be in the river at night with a full moon illuminating the way. You’ll be hearing of opportunities to meet up and paddle with others, take that opportunity when you can! There will be racers in the community sharing tips and tricks that worked for them, these are wonderful places to get ideas.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Taby Lane, Race Manager,

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