SAINT CHARLES, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Missouri American Water MR340, the world’s longest nonstop river race, has been stopped due to unsafe weather and river conditions. The race is held annually with participants traveling 340 miles by boat, kayaks, and canoes from Kansas City to St. Charles.
The recent storm flooded local tributaries and caused the Missouri River to rise and pick up a significant amount of debris, including large trees. A storm with very heavy rain targeting the final 100+ miles of the race, nighttime paddling without moonlight, and the changing river conditions all threatened the safety of race participants.
Racers have been asked to proceed to the nearest boat ramp to exit the river and connect with their ground support crew. Safety boats are sweeping the remaining race course.
“We’re sad to end the race early but protecting our paddlers is our top priority,” said Steve Schnarr, executive director of Missouri River Relief. “We have been closely monitoring the weather and river conditions and this was the right call for everyone involved.”
Race organizers are hopeful that a finish line party will still be held this Friday at the Lewis and Clark Boathouse from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Race proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief and the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Museum, organizations promoting environmental stewardship and education. Approximately 200 volunteers and staff members from Missouri American Water, Missouri River Relief, River Miles and the Lewis and Clark Boathouse help organize and facilitate the race each year.
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