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Paddling Race Sets Stage for Missouri River Awareness
Midwest Region, July 25, 2007
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A racer rests for a moment at Cooper’s Landing, 197 miles into the grueling 340 mile boat race. 
- FWS photo
A racer rests for a moment at Cooper’s Landing, 197 miles into the grueling 340 mile boat race.

- FWS photo

- Photo Credit: n/a
A racer checks in with his ground crew before starting the next leg of the race. 
- FWS photo by Lee Erickson
A racer checks in with his ground crew before starting the next leg of the race.

- FWS photo by Lee Erickson

- Photo Credit: n/a

Columbia FWCO employees participated in the longest non-stop canoe and kayak race in the world this month.  The race consists of a 340 mile paddle from Kansas City to St. Charles MO; the winning boat finished in approximately 43 hours. 

 

Working in shifts at the Coopers Landing checkpoint, sixteen FWCO employees served as racer check-in from 8:30am Wednesday July 25th morning until 9:30pm Thursday July 26th; a total of 36.5 hours. 

 

When racers arrived at the checkpoint, day or night, our staff was at the boat ramp to note their arrival and departure times as well as collect signatures from the racers themselves.  During the downtime between racer arrivals our staff was able to provide information about the Missouri River ecosystem and the plight of the pallid sturgeon to local on-lookers and racer support teams. 

 

Many of the racers were excited to learn about the endangered pallid sturgeon and left Coopers Landing with “squishy sturgeon” lashed to their boat for luck.  

 


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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