Missouri River 340 Rules
1. All racers must attend the mandatory race check-in and safety meeting on August 3rd, 2020. 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 8 AM Central time on August 4th, 2020. 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 7th, 2020, (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reached the Mile 29 marker before midnight of August 7th, 2020 or when they notify race headquarters that they have withdrawn. Teams still on the Missouri River after midnight of August 7th 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 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 permitted.
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 of 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 4th, 2020 or at least 10 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 under-18-year-old child.)
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. Each documented instance of a paddler not properly wearing an approved PFD will result in a time penalty of not less than 30 minutes.
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. 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 permitted.
21. Any part of the craft (rudders, outriggers, etc.) which will be below the waterline 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 arise, 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.