Canoeists set new record in paddling from Kansas to Missouri
St. Charles, Mo. Two Texas men have set a new record in a race by canoeing the Missouri River from Kansas City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in 34 hours and 34 minutes.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Phil Bowden and Chris Issendorf won first place Wednesday in the 10th annual MR340 race.
Over the next couple of days, hundreds of paddlers are expected to cross the finish line near Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in St. Charles. The 340-mile competition ends at midnight Friday.
The two-man crew managed speeds of around 14 mph at times, and averaged nearly 10 mph. A high, fast-moving river provided an extra push.