COLUMBIA — This year, the Missouri River 340 will take place Oct. 11 through 15 — more than two months later than originally scheduled.
The race, originally planned for July 19 to 22, was delayed due to flooding along the Missouri River. The Army Corps of Engineers recently released a statement detailing when it would stop releasing water from its flood lakes, allowing race director Scott Mansker to determine the earliest date the river would be safe for the race.
According to previous Missourian reports, an alternative race was held on the Kansas River during the Missouri River 340's scheduled dates for those who couldn't change their travel plans and still wanted to participate.
Mansker said it was an entirely separate race.
"It's not the Missouri 340," he said. "(Comparing the two) is like comparing apples to oranges."
The Missouri River 340 is the longest non-stop kayak and canoe race in the world. Although there are other races that are longer, they all impose a mandatory layover, or a time when participants are required to stop and rest. The Missouri River 340 imposes no such layover.
Mansker said the race was likely going to be smaller than usual, since it is taking place later in the year. He said he had 50 boats enter in the first three days of registration, and he expects between 200 and 300 total registrations — much fewer than the race usually sees in July.
Mansker attributed the smaller group to multiple factors, including school starting up and the usual participants having already taken their vacation time.
Those interested in the race can find more information, including rules, at the River Miles website. The cost is $180 for a solo entry, or $140 per person on two-person teams.