Fastest boaters finish Missouri 340

Friday, July 18, 2008 | 4:56 p.m. CDT; updated 4:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Missouri River 340 Race, a 340-mile canoe and kayak race from Kansas City to St. Charles, is in its fourth day Friday.

Already, many of the 150 boats have reached the finish line. Thirty-five have dropped out.

Racers have until noon on Saturday to finish the race.

James Kaufman of Columbia and his teammate, Ryan Slebos, placed second in men’s tandem, finishing in 42 hours, 35 minutes.

The winning men’s tandem, made up of Texans Phil Bowden and Lee Deviney, finished in 42 hours and 32 minutes.

Bryan Hopkins of Columbia finished in 51 hours, 25 minutes, putting him in fifth place in the men’s solo division. This was an improvement of more than six hours from Hopkins’ time last year in the race.

The winner of the men’s solo division, Carter Johnson of Sausalito, Calif., finished the race in 37 hours, 46 minutes. Johnson’s time is record-setting for this race, now in its third year. He finished more than eight hours faster than the winner in the men’s solo division last year.

Team Texas, a six-person boat in the team division, had the overall fastest time, finishing Wednesday evening in 36 hours, 19 minutes.

For full race results, click here.

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