Kaw Point, Kansas City, KS. August 4, 2009, 9:30 PM.
At the end of the countdown, flintlock rifles fire and hundreds of paddlers begin pushing their vessels out the mouth of Kaw River and down the Missouri. This is the Missouri River 340 Race (MR 340), reportedly the “world’s longest non-stop river race.” As the name attests, the racers have 34o miles of river to the other side of Missouri and 88 hours to get there. Though the most competitive will finish long before that deadline.
I learned about the MR 340 the day before and was very pleased I was able to go and document the start. Kansas City is not exactly renowned for it’s water sports. The above image (compiled from nine seperate photographs) is of the paddlers piddling around before the start and, to me, has the slight feeling of a “Where’s Waldo?” page. Click on the image to take a closer look.
Now maybe next year I’ll paddle along and document the whole thing. Hmm…..