Missouri American Water MR340 paddlers race to support river preservation
ST. CHARLES, MO/August 7, 2017 (STL.News) – Missouri American Water distributed the following information in a Media Advisory dated August 4, 2017.
WHAT: Beginning late Wednesday, August 9 and continuing through 7 p.m. August 11, hundreds of paddlers from among 600 who started will finish the Missouri American Water Missouri River 340 (MR340) river race in St. Charles. From Kansas City, Kan. to St. Charles, Mo., the racers will have paddled 340 miles across the state – celebrating the importance of the great river to Missouri’s environment and as a source of drinking water to millions of people.
One of National Geographic’s Top 100 American Adventures – the 12th annual river race combines extreme sports and environmental stewardship. Race proceeds benefit three environmental stewardship and education organizations: Missouri River Relief, the Healthy Rivers Partnership and the Lewis and Clark Nature Center and Boathouse.
The Finish Line — WHEN and WHERE:
- The finish line in St. Charles. Winners’ likely arrival times are late evening Wednesday, Aug. 9 to early morning, Thursday, Aug. 10. Racers will arrive continuously all day and night Thursday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 11. The finish line is at the Lewis and Clark Nature Center and Boathouse, 1050 South Riverside Drive, St. Charles, Mo. 63301. Missouri American Water is funding free admission for visitors to the Boathouse and Nature Center from Wed., Aug. 9 to Friday, Aug. 11.
- Awards presentation. Fri., Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., Lewis and Clark Nature Center and Boathouse, St. Charles.
WHO: Racers, plus staff from Missouri American Water, Missouri River Relief and Healthy Rivers Partnership are available to tell their race stories and share their commitment to preserving the Missouri River – the water source for almost half of all Missourians.
Media are invited to come out to the finish line, speak to racers, including the winning team if desired, race organizers, and any of dozens of volunteers. The site itself would make a great backdrop for any live shots, with racers finishing nearly constantly for two days. Please contact Christie Barnhart above to make sure we have everything you need for your story or broadcast on-site.
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief is a grassroots, volunteer and equipment-based organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups and education events.
To date, MRR has hosted 133 Missouri River clean-ups, bringing 21,005 volunteers to clean 801 tons of trash from 1,031 miles of the river. We have participated in and hosted clean-ups in eight states, from the Mississippi River to Yankton, S.D. In addition, the organization promoted local river education through 300+ outreach projects, aiming to build public awareness, action and support for a healthy river.
Healthy Rivers Partnership
The Healthy Rivers Partnership (HRP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to their rivers and rivers to their communities. Formed from a shared commitment to water resources, river clean ups and watershed education, the organization does river clean-ups, river education, riparian restoration, on-the-water field trips and provides safety boats and checkpoint coordination for the Missouri River MR340 race.
Rivermiles has been promoting Missouri River awareness since 2006 with the inaugural running of the Missouri River 340. Rivermiles believes that the best way to protect our river resources is through participation, inviting paddlers and their families to experience the rivers through the adventure of canoe racing.
These events create lifelong fans and stewards of the rivers and link the communities in the watershed in ways they’ve never considered. The MR340 is known internationally as the world’s longest non-stop river race and has attracted paddlers from Japan, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, Denmark and the United Kingdom.