2020 Race Dates are now Scheduled and Open for Registration!

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure that we don’t take any unnecessary risks, or put anyone else at risk.  This is a very sensitive and dynamic situation, and we are closely monitoring the data.  We believe that neither the Midwest region nor the country will be in a situation where large gatherings become acceptable for at least the next 6-8 weeks.  Therefore, we have decided to move the Shootout from April 18 to May 30.

Anyone who has already signed up for the Shootout will keep their spot, but if you need to cancel, full refunds will be available.  Also, due to the economic pressure that nearly every family is feeling, we have decided to reduce the price of the Shootout from $60 to $40.  We will not provide shirts this year for a lack ability to plan and the reduced price (I’m sure our race t-shirt drawers will thank us), but we will sell last year’s shirts for only $5 at the race.

 **********************Updated May 27, 2020**********************

There will be 3 course options based on many variables:
  • Option 1:  51.1 miles. KC to Lexington as normalIf everything is fine - we do the normal course.
  • Option 2:  41.4 miles.  KC, 5.5 miles up river on the Kansas, turn around the island by the 18th street bridge, go back down to the start, and continue onto the Missouri and finish in Fort Osage - If we can't get to Lexington - either because the Napoleon Gage is too high into flood stage, or because Lexington river park isn't accessible due to this week's flooding, then we will look at option 2.
  • Option 3:  30.3 miles from KC to Fort Osage. - If the Kansas River is moving too hard to paddle upstream (usually it's a lake after the Edwardsville dam), then we will have to do option 3.

We may have to make a game time decision, but the race will go on; that I guarantee!  I am working on getting the roster up now.  Please make sure you print off the waiver, fill it out, bring it, and pay online if you can to help us avoid queues in the morning.

Finally - thank you to RPC3 paddles who is donating a carbon wing paddle to raffle off at the race! Thank you RPC3!! www.rpc3.com

**********************Updated May 19, 2020**********************

As promised, we will host the Shootout as planned. However, social distancing is important, and my first priority is to make sure everyone is safe, which includes not only the racers, but also their friends and families, and the volunteers who make this race possible, which includes my family. 

We work hard to provide a great product because we enjoy doing this. My mom and dad have grown to love the paddling community over the last 10 years since we created Midwest Paddle Racing, and although there are concerns about hosting races this year, we have discussed precautions that we believe will mitigate the risks enough that we can still hold the race.

Please remember that even if you don’t necessarily agree with the precautions, I ask that you take others’ comfort levels into consideration and follow our requests so we can continue to host the Mean Lamine and the Freedom Race later this year.

Wearing a mask before and after the race is strongly encouraged, but NOT required. However, PLEASE be respectful of others, and stay 6 feet apart or more. If a situation requires you to be closer than 6 feet, you should wear a mask - Such as launching boats near each other at the start, or two boats pulling up at the same time at a stop for supplies, or if you are a ground crew in the sideline next to others, or at the finish if you want to go talk to my mom (timekeeper) and ask about times.

Everyone should have a mask in their pocket or around their neck should a situation arise. In other words, don’t assume you won’t need a mask - assume you will and be ready.  If I observe that people aren’t practicing this, then we will make masks necessary at all times for all people (other than racers on the water) for the following races this year.

*Before the Race* arrive by 7:30/7:45

Waivers:  please print off, fill out, and bring the insurance waiver with you so we can reduce the queue of people filling them out on site. If you can’t print one off, it’s Ok, we will have 3 separate tables with waivers. Please only 1 person per table, and for those of you waiting in line, please wait 6 feet apart. Download the waiver here: USCA__Waiver_Release_form__2020-2021.pdf
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Registration: please deliver the waivers and payment (if needed) at the desk as normal. We will have a plexiglass partition up (like a bank teller).  Wearing masks during the check in process is highly appreciated.  As social distancing will require us to do this steps above, it will no doubt take a bit longer than usual. PLEASE pre register by Friday Noon, May 29 if you can so that I can have your information already in the computer. This will save a lot of time and reduce the size of the queue.

Safety Meeting: This will begin at approx 8:20am. This will be held in the parking lot like normal. Please observe the 6 feet distancing rule, and you should have masks at the ready.

*During the race*  The race will begin at 9am. There are several spots to observe the racers passing by, most notably at the 291 bridge (15 miles), Fort Osage (30 miles), and Napoleon (39 miles). Please respect others. Now is not the time to make a stand about how you won’t be told what to do. Please make a stand on empathy and if you are close, or if someone else needs to get close in order to see their boat, etc, please practice proper etiquette with a mask and distancing.

*End of Race*  Same as above. Be ready to wear your masks at the finish.Very often people want to know what their time was, what place they got, etc. please respect the 6 foot distance request for my mom (the time keeper), and wear a mask if you are closer. I will get the times posted online no later than 24 hours after the race.  We will not have an “awards ceremony” as normal.  We will have medals for all finishers available spread out on a table somewhere under the pavilion. After you finish, please come get one - it is the honor system. We will have trophies for the top 3 finishers in each class. We will label the top 3 boats in each class by the trophies - again, please get them and congratulations!  Food: we will have limited snacks and drinks available; we are still deciding on the menu, but we can’t have anything with tongs, bottles, etc. that multiple people would touch.

Thank you all for respecting these guidelines, and I look forward to seeing you all next week!

The Shootout, 50 miles, Kansas City to Lexington - Saturday, Date Change: May 30

The Gritty, 33 miles, Lawrence to Edwardsville - TBD

The Mean Lamine, 12 or 25 miles, De Bourgmont (up & back) - Saturday June 20

Freedom Race, 63 miles, De Bourgmont to Jefferson City - Saturday July 18

RPC3 is the official 2020 title sponsor for Midwest Paddle Racing

Check out their great products at www.RPC3.com

2020 Shirts are Ready to Order!

Welcome to MidwestPaddleRacing.com !!!

Welcome to the site that is completely focused on Midwest paddling and racing. The sport and community have grown so much here in the Midwest, especially in the Mo/Kan region, 

Wow that's great!!  I can't believe something like this has never existed before!  I know, right!  Read on:

This site describes the
evolution of Midwest paddling and what it is.  There is a great race calendar in full calendar format and in a downloadable word document.

Local Midwestern suppliers like Epic Expert Ron Ladzinski have become excellent ambassadors to the sport, and there is a page dedicated to all their goods and services. If you are
new to the sport or a veteran looking for some new equipment, call Ron!

Wait, there's more?!  Yep

You will also find another page dedicated to protecting our rivers. It highlights great groups such as Missouri River Relief. Read more about what they do and how you can be a part of this.
In addition to the website, Midwest Paddle Racing also manages and directs the Epic Shootout, The Gritty, The Freedom Race, and The Kawlloween.  You'll find all the information you need about these races including how to register.  

We have pages linked to many relevant Midwest river links in states such as Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Arkansas.

There is also a page that has many resources on boat building and boat rigging (Yeah, I know you are drooling already!)

It can't get better than that, can it?
  Well, actually it does!

We have an entire page dedicated to preserving the best of the best from Rivermiles.com forum pages.  That's right, it's like the national archives of Midwest Paddle Racing.  There is so much great and valuable information that has been buried in the cyberpages of the forums from years ago, and it could have been lost for ages.  Now it is here at your fingertips.


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