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How the weather is impacting the MR340

Have you ever wanted to float down the Missouri River and relax while the current carries you to your destination?Kayaks and canoes took off from Kansas City earlier this week down the Missouri River to participate in this year’s MR340 event. Participants of this event travel from Kansas City to St. Charles on the Missouri River, stopping at several checkpoints along the way. Today I met up with Bob Meyer, a contestant who had just gotten off the river, to talk about how this summer heat is impacting him. 

“Well, the heat wears you out cause you have to stay hydrated. It’s hard to paddle and drink, eat, and the wind blows you and dries you out. If you don’t stay hydrated, you get really behind.” 

Even with Mother Nature throwing these hurdles at the racers, Bob did give a few ways that he’s preparing to counter this heat. 

“Well, we stay hydrated, and every time we pull in, my ground crew fills me up with cold water and cold drinks and makes sure I'm fed so I don’t have to do anything. I just sit there and they wait on me.”

Even if you’re not floating down the Missouri River this weekend, this heat will still have an impact on you. Drink lots of water and prepare yourself ahead of time. Reporting on the Missouri River, I’m Meteorologist Maddie Est.

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Maddie Est

Maddie Est appears on ABC 17’s weekend evening broadcasts. She grew up in St. Louis, and her passion for weather originated from a young age thanks to all the different weather that St. Louis receives. She is currently studying Atmospheric Science at the University of Missouri.


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