KANSAS CITY, Mo.(KCTV)–Over 400 canoeists and kayakers took off Tuesday morning from Kaw Point Riverfront Park to embark on the longest nonstop river race in the world.
The annual MR340 race travels 340 miles down the Missouri River from Kaw Point in Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo.
Racers have 88 hours to complete the race. There are nine check points along the way where paddlers are required to sign in and out from.
Most racers have escorts on land following them to give them food and supplies when needed.
Only about two-thirds of the teams finished the race last year.
Volunteer, Mike Calwell started off the race with his Lewis and Clark musket. He said people come from all over to participate.
“It’s very unique to paddle racing,” said Calwell. “There have been people from Belgium. I’ve seen people from Oregon and Florida and all of the country. They drive here specifically for this race.”
This is the 12th year for the Missouri American Water MR340 race.