Looking at some of the MR340 races of years past there are a few teams that really stand out. To get a little flavor of this thing I thought I’d post something about these characters for your enjoyment….
A team to watch is Los Humungos Paddleos. Two crazies from somewhere in Illinois (where else) who showed up at the meeting the night before the race wearing luchero costumes. Yep, dressed like Mexican wrestlers. They didn’t wear the outfits during the race but they did wear them at the start and the finish.
And Team Coffee Dog is a couple of guys who seem not to take it very seriously but finished strong in 2009. Black Coffee and Uncle A Dog decided to build their 2009 boat out of recycled plastic barrels and used floor boards from a house. Yep, their boat is pretty much made out of trash. They also decided to run the race without a ground support crew. It can be done but it’s tough. Instead they carried everything they’d need in the boat with them. Eating and sleeping in the boat. Total cost was $35.00. They finished right up near the top with this strategy.
Another year they brought bicycles and, after the race, turned around and pulled their boat behind the bikes all the way back to Kansas City!
Finally, there was the crew that paddled a “Lewis & Clark” canoe down the river. Not sure how these guys finished but that thing looks HEAVY!
227 days to go!