Missouri River 340 Rules
1. All racers must attend the mandatory race check-in and safety meeting
on Monday, August 7th, 2017. Check-in is from 2-6pm, with the Safety Meeting
following from 7-8pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue,
Kansas City, Kansas, 66101
2. The Missouri River 340 will officially start at 7am (solo boats) and 8 AM (all other boats) Central time on August 8th, 2017. The starting point is Kaw Point Park, Mile 367.5 in Kansas
City, MO. All boats will start together.
3. The race will officially end at exactly midnight of August 11th 2017, (88
hours) or when the last boat has reached Mile 29 marker 340 miles
downstream, whichever comes earlier. A team’s participation in this event
ends when they have reached the Mile 29 marker before midnight of August 11th, 2017 or when they notify race headquarters that they have withdrawn.
Teams still on the Missouri River after midnight of August 11 are
electing to continue independently of the race.
4. Each race craft must be propelled exclusively by paddle power (double
or single blade) while on the water. No rowing configuration is permitted.
No sail or kite is permitted.
5. All participants agree to appear in this Event related media coverage
free of charge.
6. For any “shortcut” to be legal, it must have a flow of river water
through it. Overland portages are not allowed. Portages over exposed “wing
dams” for convenience are not permitted. Outside assistance is not
7. Outside assistance that provides intentional aid in the forward
progress of a canoe/kayak is not allowed. This includes towing, wake
riding, deflection of wind and “rafting up”. However, limited interaction
between the competitor race craft, as is the case in most canoe and kayak
marathon races, is acceptable. This will be restricted to only wake riding
and wind deflection. No towing of race craft is permitted.
8. Ground support is required for all racers. It may be physical, virtual or a combination of both. A physical ground crew is present at checkpoints and knows with some certainty their racers approximate location and condition. A virtual ground crew is able to track a racer via electronic means and will know a relatively exact location. Both physical and virtual ground crews must be available 24 hours a day for phone contact with race officials seeking information on their racer(s). To clarify, if you have a virtual ground crew, you must also have an electronic tracking system which they can monitor at all times.
A ground crew may assist with procurement of supplies, set up of tents and
preparation of meals. Ground crew may not, in any way, assist with
propulsion of the boat. They may only touch the boat when the boat is in
contact with the shore or in knee deep water. Physical contact with support can only occur when
the boat is grounded or in knee deep water. No contact on the water is allowed. No support
provided from a support boat is allowed..
9. Infractions of any rule during the Event will be grounds for time
penalties or disqualification to be reasonably and fairly determined by
the Judges Committee.
10. Deliberate littering of the river is illegal. Teams must keep their
trash in their canoes/kayaks and either transfer it to their support teams
or go ashore themselves to properly dispose waste.
11. All team members should understand there are serious risks involved in
this endeavor. The hydraulics associated with many of the wing dams along
the river are inherently dangerous. The greatest risk, however, is from
the numerous large and small power craft that ply the great river.
Constant vigilance, clear thinking, and quick reaction will be essential
at all times. Good judgment must dictate when it is time to rest. All team
members (racers and support personnel) will enter this race at their own
risk and will not hold this event’s organizers, judges, officials, and
sponsors liable for accidents to personnel or damage to any property.
12. Anyone paddling solo in this event must be at least 18 years of age on
August 8th, 2017 or at least 16 years of age if part of a tandem team
accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. (Note that the parent or
legal guardian must sign the liability waiver for the 16 or 17 year old.)
13. All participants in this Event, including paddlers and other team
members must agree to the “Amateur Athletic Waiver and Release of
Liability”. This waiver is required by the United States Canoe Association
for participation in this event.
14. Multiple teams may not share paddlers. Teams may share ground support.
15. Teams must make formal contact with race officials at each designated
checkpoint. Formal contact is defined by successfully sending a text message to the designated contact number. This message may be sent by the physical or virtual ground crew or the paddlers themselves. Checkpoints will be manned by volunteers and race staff
until the checkpoint deadline passes. If you are not going to make a
checkpoint by the proscribed deadline, you must make contact with a race
official or safety boat prior to that deadline. If you elect to end your race
you must make it a priority to contact race officials and let them know.
16. Each racer must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver at all
times while on the water. A whistle and an emergency chemical night light
must also be attached to each life preserver at all times. A PFD must be
worn at all times while on the water. This is per the United States Coast
Guard as part of our race permit.
17. Boating at night is dangerous and the organizers of this event do not
require teams to do this. The decision to paddle at night is made solely
by each team. The following guidelines are provided to minimize the risk
of serious injury. Full navigation lights are required for night travel.
This is proscribed by Missouri State boating law.
http://www.boat-ed.com/mo/handbook/lights.htm This would include
red/green lights on the bow and a white stern light. Paddlers should also
have an LED or chemical light affixed to PFD in case of emergency. A
white light (flashlight) for signaling should also be aboard.
18. Boating in the foggy conditions is dangerous and is neither required
nor recommended. Assistance from race officials may take hours,
especially in adverse conditions, and all racers need to be prepared to
self-rescue and hike out if needed.
19. There are no restrictions on the design of the canoe/kayak.
20. The original craft must be paddled from start to finish. Repairs may
be made to the craft during the race, but other alterations are not
21. Any part of the craft (rudders, outriggers, etc.) which will be below
the water line during any portion of the race must be “on board” from
start to finish. A space must be available on each side of the canoe/kayak
close to the bow on which to affix the official race number. Each team may
choose their own 4 digit number upon entry on a first come, first served
basis. Race numbers are to be affixed by the racers themselves, prior to
the start of the race.
22. In formulating the rules that govern this event, every effort has been
made to foresee all situations and problems that may rise, however,
officials of the Missouri River 340 retain the right to change or amend
these rules at any time without liability or recourse from any party
regardless of the circumstances. Should such changes or amendments be
made, every effort will be made to notify all entrants.