Cross-state Missouri River 340 race postponed -

Cross-state Missouri River 340 race postponed

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- High water and a fast current have prompted postponement of the annual Missouri River 340 race for paddlers.

Hundreds of kayakers and canoeists were signed up for the fifth annual race, scheduled for Tuesday through Friday of next week.

But the 340-mile race from Kansas City, Kan., to St. Charles has been moved to Aug. 24-27.

Race coordinator Scott Mansker made the decision, saying conditions are too dangerous.

Mansker told the Columbia Missourian the river is expected to remain above flood stage next week, with a faster-than-normal current.

Mansker says the high water means paddlers would have a hard time getting to the bank or finding a sandbar to land on in case of storms. He also notes several checkpoints could be impossible to reach by car.


Information from: Columbia Missourian,

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