News & Updates

Dispatch 6 [2016]

06/27/16 AT 13:20:31 3 weeks to go... Yes, in 3 short weeks, we will all be gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City, KANSAS for sign in and the MANDATORY safety meeting.  Sign in starts as early as 1pm and goes until 6pm.  Safety Meeting starts promptly at 7pm.  It is typically standing room […]
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Dispatch 5 [2016]

06/21/16 AT 11:08:19 4 weeks from this message we will be at Kaw Point launching hundreds of human powered craft for the world's longest non-stop river race.  Things are moving along well at our end.  We hope your planning and preparation is going great. Please, please re-read the previous dispatches and make sure you're clear […]
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Dispatch 4 [2016]

06/02/16 AT 22:18:45 RaceOwl, Ground Crew and Checking In Back in the old days of the MR340, we used to have poor souls chained to boat ramps with pencils and clipboards signing racers in and out.  Then, when the checkpoint closed we'd look to see who did or didn't sign in and we'd freak out […]
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Dispatch 3 [2016]

05/26/16 AT 13:41:16 Fog And Other Weather Ah, the fog dispatch.  Frequently ignored, with regret, by dozens of paddlers each year.  But for those who are smart enough to read on, here you go. We will have fog at some point of the race.  It's a given.  Some years it's light enough to pick your […]
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Dispatch 2 [2016]

05/11/16 AT 15:49:24 Welcome to May.  It's paddling season.  Or at least get off your butt season.  Hopefully, you've got some fitness goals you're working on to get ready for the 340.  Lots of early season racing going on if you check the Alpine Shop Race Calendar here: If you've got your pre-340 fitness plan […]
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Dispatch 1 [2016]

04/12/16 AT 21:31:50 Welcome to the 11th Annual MR340 These dispatches will keep you informed as the race approaches.  Hopefully, they will answer questions for you.  Some questions you might not even know you have yet.  Let's start with the most basic.  When and where is this happening. Mandatory Check In and Safety Meeting:Hilton Garden […]
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Dispatch 6 [2015]

07/21/15 AT 23:14:33 ONE WEEK LEFT We've had a crazy, wet summer in KC.  By many measures this summer has been compared to the terrible summer of 1993 which was one of the worst floods recorded.  Yet somehow, we're still staged to complete the 10th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 on time. So we'd better […]
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Dispatch 5 [2015]

07/15/15 AT 21:37:14 River Update:Things have gone about as we've been told by those in control of the water flow.  They had said that the river would be falling to near normal summer flows by the end of July and things are looking to be that way.  The caveat is always "barring heavy rains" and […]
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Dispatch 4 [2015]

07/02/15 AT 15:53:41 Race is almost here!  Important dates: July 27th, MANDATORY SAFETY MEETING.  All must attend and sign in beforehand.  Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City, KANSAS.  520 Minnesota Ave.  Sign in between 2-6pm.  Meeting starts at 7pm.  There will be music!  Miner's Bluff Band will be back by popular demand in the Grand Ballroom […]
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Dispatch 3 [2015]

05/25/15 AT 07:46:01 How's it going?  Getting excited yet?  We are just a little over two months from the start of the race!!! Check the roster here and make sure you're info is correct... Some of you owe me a new boat number... send that to as soon as possible. Some more of […]
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