Upcoming in Kansas City, Mo.
Ultra Marathon Paddling: Tips on preparing for the MR340 and other irrationally long races
Presentation by Bryan Hopkins
10 years ago Bryan Hopkins was in the first batch of racers to attempt the Missouri American Water MR340 and has grown to be a consistent contender in Missouri River races. He’s going to provide tips on preparing your equipment, boat, body, brain and heart for endurance paddling races. This is going to be a great talk whether or not you ever intend on tackling a paddling race.
Time and Place
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Westport CoffeeHouse Theater
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Presentation by Bryan Hopkins, MO. Dept. of Natural Resources and veteran kayak racer
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Where – Westport Coffeehouse Theater – 4010 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO
6 p.m. – Social Hour
7 p.m. – Presentation. Presentation will be filmed – After 7 PM, Please enter through Green Room Burgers
Presentation is FREE and open to the public!
One of the premiere paddling race courses is right in our backyard – the Missouri River. This July will be the 10th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 – a non-stop ultra-marathon paddle race across the state of Missouri from Kansas City to St. Charles. When the first MR340 was run in 2005, there were 16 boats. This year there are over 400 boats signed up. At the time the MR340 was the first race of its kind on the Big Muddy. Since then, there’s been an explosion of races up and down the Lower Missouri and the Missouri River paddling community, once a bunch of isolated groups of people crazy enough to paddle the big river, has found a way to find each other.
Bryan Hopkins was in that first batch of racers 10 years ago, and has grown to be a consistent contender in these long flat river races. He’s going to provide tips on rigging your boat for distance racing, nutritional strategies, training, and fundamentals such as boat selection and race strategy.
He’ll also discuss the unique challenges of racing the Missouri River, such as dealing with night travel, wind, heat, insects, fog, barges, jumping carp, wing dams and staying in the channel. Plus, he’ll share stories of his experiences on these grueling adventures.
Even if you don’t plan to do these crazy races…this talk will give you insight on what it is like to paddle straight thru for hours and hours on end and the surprises the river reveals about itself and you.
Westport CoffeeHouse – 4010 Pennsylvania Kansas City, Mo – www.westportcoffeehouse.com
The Westport CoffeeHouse is in the Westport entertainment area, midtown KC, south of downtown and north of the Plaza. The main intersection is Westport Rd and Broadway. From this intersection, go west on Westport Rd one block to Pennsylvania. Turn north (right).
OR you can get there from the intersection of Southwest Trafficway and Westport Rd. Go east on Westport Rd to Pennsylvania. Turn north (left).
Westport Coffee House is approximately one block down on the west side of Pennsylvania. Parking can be had either south of the coffee house in the large parking lot or just north of the coffee house alongside the building. Enter through Green Room Burgers or Westport CoffeeHouse.
Resources & Links
Dig in for more info on this topic:
Canoe and Kayak Races on the Missouri River
- Race for the Dome (Providence to Jefferson City – benefit for Missouri River Relief)
- Missouri American Water MR340 (hosted by Rivermiles – Kansas City to St. Charles) – the granddaddy of them all!
- Race for the Rivers (Washington to St. Charles – benefit for Greenway Network)
- South Dakota Kayak Challenge (Yankton to Sioux City) – the unchannelized Missouri
- Fort to Field 50 (Fort Randall Dam to Springfield, SD – benefit for Missouri River Relief) – the unchannelized Missouri
- Osage Fall 36 Race (Osage, Missouri and Gasconade Rivers – benefit for Missouri River Relief)
- Freedom Race and Missouri River Shootout (hosted by Midwest Paddle Racing – Jeff City and KC areas)
Missouri & Mississippi River Water Trail information
- Click to download presentation flier (pdf)
- Missouri River Water Trail website (Missouri River in the state of Missouri – managed by Mo. DNR)
- Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail (unchannelized river in South Dakota and Nebraska – managed by Missouri River Institute)
- River-Gator interactive water trail map and guide for the Lower Mississippi River, St. Louis to Baton Rouge (created by John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company)
- Mississippi River Water Trail for the Upper Mississippi River, from Saverton to St. Louis (created by American Canoe Association)
Some Great River Paddling reading – articles and books
- Book – The Complete Paddler – A guidebook for paddling the Missouri River from the Headwaters to St. Louis, MO – by David Miller
- Book – Exploring Lewis and Clark’s Missouri – by Brett Dufur
- Book – Guide to Canoing the Missouri River – by Keith Drury
- Article – “Finding Flow on the Mighty Mo” – by Brett Dufur, Missouri Conservationist
- Article – “57 feet and Rising” – Outside Magazine article of John Ruskey’s canoe adventure riding the crest of the 2011 Mississippi River flood.
- Blog – Love Your Big Muddy Expedition – a chronicle of Janet Moreland’s Source to Sea expedition on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
- Facebo0k – Missouri River Paddlers Facebook group – an engaged community of local and long distance Missouri River paddlers hosted by Norm Miller, who kayaked the entire Missouri River – upstream in 2004.
Missouri River Paddling guides and outfitters
- Big Muddy Adventures (St. Louis area and beyond)
- Mighty Mo Canoe Rentals (Rocheport)
- Missouri River Rafting and Canoe (St. Joseph)
- Missouri River Excursions (St. Charles & St. Louis areas)
- River Run Rentals (Kansas City area)
The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Kansas City
is hosted by these wonderful partners!
- Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
- Friends of Lakeside Nature Center
- Missouri River Relief
- Healthy Rivers Partnership
- Kansas City Digital Video
Thanks to all of our venue hosts for making this possible! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series is also held monthly in Rocheport and St. Charles.
Recordings of Presentations
Kansas City Digital Video has been recording Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations. These are available on their website at this link. Some contain synchronized powerpoint presentations. We will be posting these to the archived presentation pages on bigmuddyspeakers.org. Thanks Micheal Morgan and crew for putting this important archive online! The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.