June 3, 2023
Kansas City to Lexington
Check in 7:00-8:00am
Safety Meeting 8:00am
Start Time 9:00am
Food Opens: 3:00pm
Award Ceremony: 4:00pm
Entry Fee $65
The RPC3 Shootout is a unique race, in that it doesn't follow the normal race divisions that Midwest races usually follow.
In the RPC3 Shootout, the boat type doesn’t determine your class…the paddle does! Are you paddling with a single blade (canoe style)? Or a double blade (kayak style)?
There are 4 official divisions in the Shootout: Single Blade Solo Double Blade Solo Single Blade Tandem Double Blade Tandem There is a fifth division called Exhibition. This division is for folks who for whatever reason just can’t find a way to fit into the regular divisions. It might be because they want to have 3 people in the boat… or it might be because they want to switch paddle types during the race, or because they power their boat with bicycle pedals!
All racers will receive a premium dry bag. Trophies for the top 3 in each class, and medals for all racers.
Free for all racers, crew, and families: Grilled hot dog buffet with water, pop, fruit, and snacks. Raffle prizes based on current sponsorships.
The start line is Kaw Point: https://goo.gl/maps/jX3xmECK5qCipp5Q9
Finish is Lexington: https://goo.gl/maps/2y6u6x5VXMy1aB8j9
Start: Kaw Point, KCKS 0
La Benite (291) 15
Fort Osage (Sibley) 31
Finish: Lexington Riverfront Park 51
Overall Course Record: Brad Daniels, Dylan McHardy, Ryan Slebos, 4:40:41 (2021)
Double Blade: Joe Mann, 4:59:13 (2016)
Single Blade: Steve Dullack, 5:29:49 (2021)
Double Blade: Krista Sue Scroggins, 5:08:30 (2016)
Single Blade: Krista Sue Scroggins, 5:48:53 (2021)
Nick Sobcyznski, 6:26:59 (2021)
Single Blade: Los Humungos Paddelos, 5:14:03 (2012)
Double Blade: Shorty and Dylan McHardy, 4:49:05 (2016)
Double Blade: Zellner & Martin, 4:54:28, (2016)
Simmons & Anthony, 5:38:48 (2016)
Brad Danials, Dylan McHardy, Ryan Slebos, 4:40:41 (2021)
1. General Information
2. Entry Fee per racer and Registration
3. Pre-race Meeting
5. Official Checkpoint
8. Class Definitions
9. Goodie Bag
13. Craft requirements
1. General Information
Ultra distance races will challenge even the toughest competitors. Not only will you have to paddle for hours, you will have to do it in whatever weather mother natures throws at you. Know your limits, and always play it safe.
The race begins at 9:00am at Kaw Point, and finished at Lexington Riverfront Park. This is the first 50 miles of the MR340 course. There are no official checkpoints on this race, but there are several good places for spectators or ground crew to make contact with the racer: La Benite Park (15 miles), Fort Osage Ramp (31 miles), and Napoleon (40 miles).
At the finish, your time is recorded when the bow of your boat breaks the plane of the boat ramp.
If any racer decided to quit the race early, they MUST notify race officials by phone. Ground Admin is Hoot Mann: 816.289.3051
2. Entry Fee per racer and Registration:
$60 *Register by April 15 in order to guarantee a shirt
3. Pre Race Meeting:
8:00am same location as Start
4. Start Location:
9:00am at Kaw Point: https://goo.gl/maps/jX3xmECK5qCipp5Q9Finish
5. No Official Checkpoints
6. Finish is Lexington Riverfront Park: https://goo.gl/maps/2y6u6x5VXMy1aB8j9
Solo Single Blade
Solo Double Blade
Tandem Single Blade
Tandem Double Blade
Exhibition Class (pedal drive, 3 or more, either/any paddle)
*We will split men's and women's in the classes above as long as there is 3 or more, otherwise the class will be for any gender.
8. Class Definitions:
Solo = 1 person
Tandem = 2 people
Single Blade = only allowed to paddle with a canoe style paddle
Double Blade = only allowed to paddle with a kayak style paddle
9.Goodie Bag: All racers will get a pre-race goodie bag with a race wear article and Hammer Gel.
10. Prizes: All racers will receive a prize for competing in the race. There will be special awards for class and overall top finishers.
11. Raffle: All racers will be eligible for the raffle immediately following the award ceremony.
1. All racers must attend the mandatory race check-in and safety meeting at 8:00am at Kaw Point
2. The Shootout Race will officially start at 9:00am central time on the Kansas River. All classes and boats will start together.
3. The race will officially end at 5:00pm (8 hours) or when the last boat has reached Lexington Riverfront Park, whichever comes earlier. A team’s participation in this event ends when they have reached Lexington Riverfront Park before 5:00pm or when they notify race headquarters that they have withdrawn. Participants still on the Missouri River after 5:00pm 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 this 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 allowed for racers but is not mandatory. A ground crew may assist with procurement of supplies, preparation of meals, etc. 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. Physical contact with support can only occur when the boat is grounded. 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 Race Director.
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 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 race day or at least 12 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 under 18 years old.)
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. 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.
16. Boating at night is dangerous and the organizers do not allow this, as all racers are required to finish before 5:00pm. If a racer decides to continue independently of the race, they should be aware that full navigation lights are required for night travel as per Missouri State boating law. http://www.boat-ed.com/mo/handbook/lights.htm 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.
17. Boating in 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.
18. In formulating the rules that govern this event, every effort has been made to foresee all situations and problems that may rise, however, officials of the Missouri River Freedom Race 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.
13. Craft Requirements:
1. 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.
2. 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. 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. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A RACE NUMBER ON YOUR BOAT, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RACE!!! We need to be able to identify you!!! We promise that we will not sell the identity of your boat number to the NSA, so please put your boat number on your boat.