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PHOTO GALLERY: Boaters complete final stretch of Missouri River 340 race

Friday, August 7, 2009 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 6:14 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friends and family photograph Columbia kayakers Wil Reeves and John Thomas just after their completion of the Missouri River 340 paddling race in St. Charles on Friday.

The Missouri River 340 race came to an end Thursday and Friday as boaters came ashore in St. Charles. For continuous updates and results of the race from Missourian reporters, go the Missouri River 340 race blog.

Missouri River 340 organizer Travis Worley presents Illinois residents Wally Werderich and Nick Josefik with their awards for third place in the men's tandem division at the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in St. Charles on Friday. Werderich and Josefik called themselves Los Humungos Paddleos and dressed as Mexican wrestlers during the race.
Chris Campbell, a member of the support crew for the Texan Lone Star team, dresses down for the Missouri River 340 barbecue held just before the awards ceremony honoring the finishers of the boat race on Friday.
Washington State brothers David and Will Anderson accept their first-place awards in the men's tandem division of the Missouri River 340 race from Travis Worley at the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in St. Charles on Friday.
From left, Hannah Grow, 14, and Marissa Weber,12, walk up to the awards podium to accept their third-place prizes in the women's tandem division at the Missouri River 340 awards ceremony in St. Charles on Friday. Grow and Weber entered the race to raise funds for breast cancer research and several other winners chose to add their own winnings to the girls' cause.
Dick Brumley holds the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation a few moments after his team, the Its Woot Rivermen, completed the Missouri River 340 race in St. Charles on Thursday. Brumley is flanked on the left by Chinook Nation chairman Ray Gardner and Donnie Deerpath Wright. Wright blessed the canoe with a smudging ceremony before its departure from Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, and Gardner greeted the team in St. Charles with a gift of smoked salmon and uncirculated commemorative Lewis and Clark nickels.
Adam Burns adds some donated trail mix to his provisions as his teammate Dave Hudson waits on the boat launch at the Klondike check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. The teams' boat is constructed of recycled plastic barrels.
Family and friends greet Matt and Mark Verslues, both of Jefferson City, as they arrive at the finish of the MR 340 race on the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles on Thursday.
Jim Jarman and Kelly Pretz peer north on the Missouri River awaiting the arrival of the Back Woods team to the Hermann check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. The tandem team is made up of Mike Hicks and Pretz's husband, Travis Pretz.
Tom Ronk waves the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation while Syd Stoffel holds the canoe steady and the Chinook Nation chairman embraces Dick Brumley after the Its Woot Rivermen team completes the MR 340 paddling race in St. Charles on Thursday.
Sixteen-month-old Tristan Loveland runs to greet Rob Bell and his father, Joel Loveland, after their arrival into the Klondike check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. Loveland's wife, Rosanna Loveland, hands the team a bag of supplies for the last stretch into the race's finish in St. Charles.

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