MR340

Dispatch #2 [2024]

04-19-24

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.

Planning

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. 

Waivers

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.

Merch

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

racing@riverrelief.org

MR340.org  

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