2016 MR340

I participated in my 5th MR340 race this year. I’ve written extensively about my experiences in the past. Danelle posted our progress during the race. This year I’ve waited a long time after the race and much of it is a blur. Here is some of what I remember.

While shopping for some supplies, I found a PFD that would be horrible for the race.

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Since I’m running the RaceOwl website, I wanted to get to the race check in early and be available to help fellow racers set up their software. Of course, this meant that we would drop off the boat and walk around taking lots of photos first. I didn’t realize till we got there that Danelle had never been there for the start of the race or the check in process before.

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Admiring one of the many safety boats.

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A 4 person pedal drive boat. About 40 feet long with outriggers for balance.

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JoJo and Stacey admiring the boats.

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Another view of the 4 person pedal drive boat. Started life as a rowing scull.

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Its raining boats!

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The large red one in the back is a custom 4 person SUP board.

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A 6 person boat, paddled by women from Texas. They won first place overall!

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Home build boats by Mark and Nancy Fish.

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Shortly after we left Miami, Missouri we encountered a storm. Like most storms of consequence, it caught us off guard and nearly flipped us. We managed to fight the wind from the middle of the river over to the shore. There, we spent 23 minutes waiting for it to clear before continuing on.

In the aftermath of the storm, the sky was amazing!

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Anyway, that is the end of the race photos! After the race, I had some fantastic blisters on my hands!

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Like many things in life, the photos don’t do them justice. My hands peeled for about 2 months after the race, but it was totally worth it!

Hogan Haake