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Race to the Dome canoe and kayak event set for Sunday

Friday, September 30, 2011 | 2:18 p.m. CDT; updated 3:14 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 30, 2011

COLUMBIA — The second annual Race to the Dome canoe and kayak event on the Missouri River is scheduled for Sunday. It was postponed in June because of high water levels along the river.

The race, sponsored by Missouri American Water, includes a 15.8-mile course from Hartsburg to Jefferson City and a 26.6-mile course from Providence to Jefferson City.

The two races will be held at about the same time. Boone County treasurer Nicole Galloway will start the Providence race at 8:30 a.m. at the Katy Trail's Perche Creek access, and state Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, will start the other race at 9 a.m. at the trail's Hartsburg access.

Both races will conclude at the trail's Noren access in Jefferson City, where boats are expected to start arriving at 10:30 a.m. About 60 boats and 97 paddlers will compete this year.

The race is a charity event that benefits Missouri River Relief in its efforts to reconnect people to the river through hands-on cleanups and education. Last year, the race raised $2,500.


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