Any paddler using a double bladed kayak paddle is considered a kayak racer (this includes the use of outrigger style craft or canoe/kayak hybrids vessels). Paddlers using a single blade canoe paddle are considered a canoe racer (this includes the use of outrigger style craft or canoe/kayak hybrids vessels). Racers cannot alternate between a canoe paddle and kayak paddle during the race. Two paddlers in a boat are considered a tandem team. Multi-person teams will compete in the voyager canoe class. Stand up Paddle Boarders must race in the standing position and are encouraged to wear a trucker hat and to look really hip and flash a “hang five” sign periodically …and in recognition of our SUP race sponsor – SUP Saint Louis – mustaches are strongly encouraged!
Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP)
- Mens SUP
- Womens SUP
- Voyager Canoe
Race Cut Off:
All canoe and kayak racers must complete the first half of the race course (3 miles) in 1.5 hours to remain in the race. Paddlers affected by this cut off are welcome to continue to complete the race course, but may not be formally recognized during race results or may miss the recognition ceremony (this is simply a logistical issue for us).
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.
All participants agree to appear in event related media coverage free of charge. Infractions of any rule during the event will be grounds for time penalties or disqualification to be reasonably and fairly determined by the race director.
Deliberate littering of the river is illegal. Racers must keep their trash in their canoes/kayaks and go ashore themselves to properly dispose waste.
All team members should understand there are serious risks involved in this endeavor. All racers should yield to larger vessels and be prepared for wakes from large commercial and recreational boats. Constant vigilance, clear thinking, and quick reaction will be essential at all times. All racers 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.
All participants in this Event must agree to the “Amateur Athletic Waiver and Release of Liability”. This waiver is required by the American Canoe Association for participation in this event.
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.
Craft Requirements, there are no restrictions on the design of the canoe/kayak. 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. 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. Race numbers are to be affixed by the racers themselves, prior to the start of the race.
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.