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Paddlers push hard to put 340 river miles behind them in 85 hours

Paddlers push hard to put 340 river miles behind them in 85 hours
Edoh Amiran paddles to shore

Edoh Amiran paddles to shore during The 16th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 on Wednesday at Cooper’s Landing in Columbia. Amiran is participating in the Men’s Tandem Division with his partner, Liam Price.

"Everything hurts, man," said Michael Lauterbach as he stepped out of his canoe Wednesday at Cooper's Landing, a break stop on the 16th annual Missouri American Water MR340. 

Lauterbach had stopped at Cooper's Landing around noon en route from Kansas City to St. Charles in the “world’s longest nonstop river race.”

Veronica Wisniewski hands her husband, Amiran, a breakfast burrito

Veronica Wisniewski hands her husband, Amiran, a breakfast burrito while taking a break during the 16th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 on Wednesday at Coopers Landing in Columbia. Amiran and his wife traveled from Lynden, WA to compete.

Shelia Hansel works on boat

Shelia Hansel, team captain to kayaker David Carlson, works on the boat while Carlson rests during the 16th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 on Wednesday at Coopers Landing in Columbia. “His favorite snack during the race—Pringles!” she exclaimed.

Mike Basler helps to turn his son’s kayak around

Mike Basler helps to turn his son’s kayak around during the 16th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 on Wednesday, at Cooper’s Landing in Columbia. His son, Jack, is competing for his second time in the Men’s Solo Division.

Spectators look out onto the Mississippi River

Spectators look out onto the Missouri River during the 16th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 on Wednesday at Coopers Landing in Columbia. The MR30 is the world’s longest non-stop river race. 

  • General Assignment Reporter, Summer 2020 Studying Sports Journalism Reach me at awgt3@umsystem.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5700

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