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Applying sunscreen for the race

Nancy Day sprays sunscreen on Team Inertia racer James Kaufamn as he and his tandem kayak partner Ryan Slebos make a quick rest stop Wednesday at Cooper's Landing.

Stocking up on calories

Team Inertia members Ryan Slebos, left, and James Kaufman, quickly stock up on calories Wednesday during their Missouri River 340 race rest stop at the Cooper's Landing check point south of Columbia.

Larry Brown photo

Larry Brown

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Dianne Lynch

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Jim Macmillan

MU alumnus nominated for Homeland Security position

Alexander Garza, a 1996 graduate of the MU School of Medicine, receives the medical school’s Outstanding Young Physician Award in 2008. President Barack Obama has nominated Garza to serve as assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Recycled racing boat

Adam Burns, who also goes by the moniker Uncle A Dog, waits for the start of the Missouri River 340 race in the mud at the side of his canoe made from recycled barrels and used floor boards, at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. on Tuesday.

Banana boat

MR 340 race participants get ingenious with the available space on their boats in order to minimize the time they need to spend at the onshore check points. The racers set set off for St. Charles from Kaw Point Riverbank Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.

Keeping the team together

Tom Young makes an anxious call in search for a tardy team member as his boat prepares to cast off from the shore at the beginning of the Missouri River 340 race in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday.

Racing in the rain

Spring, Tx. resident and Missouri River 340 veteran Richard Miller soaks up the pre-race atmosphere an hour before the scheduled start at Kaw Point boat landing in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday. After an hour and a half postponement, the racers set off for St. Charles under overcast, but dry, skies.

Sporting a piece of history

Dick Brumley, Sid Stoffels, Tom Young, John Meyer, Arlen Beck and Tom Ronk wait for the beginning of the MR340 race from the hull of their Lewis and Clark expedition replica canoe on the Missouri River off of Kew Point in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday. Theirs is the largest team competing in the race this year.

Launching the race

The boat launch at Kaw Point Riverfront Park serves as the staging area for boaters competing in the Missouri River 340 race that begins in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday and ends three days later in St. Charles.

Pumping out the water

MU student Andy Bramman pumps rain water out of his canoe following several hours of thunderstorms on the morning of the MR 340 in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.

Gathering for the launch

Missouri River 340 race participants, crew members and fans gather at the end of the rain-slicked Kew Point boat launch in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.

Boats of all shapes and sizes

Missouri River 340 race participants and crew members prepare their vessels for the endurance race alongside the boat launch at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Ks., Tuesday.

'Grumpy old men'

"Grumpy Old Men" canoe team members Charlie Stewart and Richard Miller, both of Spring, Texas, test the waters off of Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan., in the hours before the start of the Missouri River 340 race on Tuesday.

Tiger on their side

The plastic tiger adorning the bow of Eric Farris' kayak collects raindrops in the hours before the start of the 2009 Missouri River race at the waters edge in Kaw Point Riverbank Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.

Mark Durrant

Socially connected

Larry G. Brown, Jim MacMillan, and Dianne Lynch

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Paul Weber
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