News & Updates

Dispatch 2 [2014]

03/21/14 AT 12:55:10 Housekeeping: Now is a good time to check the roster and make sure your information is correct.  Roster is found here: You might note that several folks need to choose a new boat number.  There are 10,000 possible number combinations between 0000 and 9999.  But there are always duplicates, mostly due to […]
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Dispatch 1 [2014]

03/19/14 AT 22:35:31 2014 MR340 Dispatch #1 The 9th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 is less than 4 months away.  Plenty of time to stare out the window at work and dream about those beautiful/horrible nights on the Missouri that you've scheduled a date with. Whether you're a grizzled veteran of earlier campaigns or a […]
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Dispatch 6 [2013]

Dispatch #6 Loose Ends Over the next 3 weeks, we'll try to keep you on your toes as you get ready for the big adventure that is the 8th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 If you haven't read the first 5 dispatches, scroll back through and catch up.  Or reread them.  Good stuff even for […]
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Dispatch 5 [2013]

Dispatch #5 Night Travel It is not required that you paddle at night to finish this race.  However, you'd have to be making very good time during daylight hours in order to lay over during the 8 hours of darkness each day. If the thought of paddling at night on the Missouri River makes you […]
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Dispatch 4 [2013]

2013 MR340 Dispatch #4 It's interesting to dissect what makes a good ultra marathon paddler.  We could talk about speed and proper form and stroke rate... and there's plenty of that stuff on this forum if you dig for it.  But at a more fundamental level, what makes a good ultra marathon paddler?  Are YOU […]
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Dispatch 3 [2013]

2013 Dispatch #3 By now you're starting to get the idea.  The more time you spend in your boat vs. on shore, the further you go each day.  And the further you go each day, the more likely you are to finish the race and finish well.  No day is more crucial than Day 1... […]
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Dispatch 2 [2013]

2013 Dispatch #2 One of the best parts of the MR340 is that it has a high Daydream Quotient.  The entire event only lasts about 100 hours from Safety Meeting to Awards Ceremony, but you get to spend far more time than that thinking and strategizing about the race.  And reminiscing after it's over. Spouses […]
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Dispatch 1 [2013]

2013 Missouri American Water MR340  **Dispatch #1** Welcome to the 2013 Dispatches.  This thread is a tool for you to begin planning your race effort.  Feel free to ask questions and add comments. For many, the 8th Annual MR340 will be a second, third or even eighth(!) attempt at crossing the state of Missouri by […]
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Dispatch 6 [2012]

Welcome to the Two-Week Dispatch.  That means we'll be sitting in the safety meeting in just TWO WEEKS! It's crunch time. First order of business,,, we have a very short 4 question form you to complete.  This form will ask for your boat type and boat color.  Like, kayak/blue or canoe/aluminum  That simple. The purpose […]
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Dispatch 5 [2012]

Missouri American Water MR340 Dispatch #5 If you've missed previous dispatches, you can find the important ones archived here on the forum: Some race stats! 406 boats currently signed up. 269 with ground crew.127 unsupported. About 575 racers.  Estimated 350 ground crew participants.  A whole slew of volunteers on land and on water.  Figure […]
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