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Missouri River race gets under way after monthlong delay

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | 1:14 p.m. CDT; updated 8:37 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Missouri River 340 race participants begin their more than 300-mile journey on the Missouri River from Kaw Point Park in Kansas City, Kan. Minutes after the race began, canoes, kayaks and a dragon boat, among other paddlers, passed by the starting point of the race, which will end Friday in St. Charles. The fifth annual Missouri River 340 race was postponed for nearly a month from its original July 27th start date this year due to the high water levels on the Missouri River. The race is the world’s longest nonstop river race, and according to the race's website only two-thirds of last years' participants finished.

KANSAS CITY — After being delayed nearly a month by high water and fast currents, the Missouri River 340 race has begun.

The race goes from Kansas City, Kan., to St. Charles. Racers are expected to be completed Thursday or Friday.

Race organizers say participants are allowed exactly 88 hours to complete the course. Participants are required to check in at nine checkpoints along the route. Only two-thirds of the teams completed the course last year.

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