Missouri 340 boat race begins in Kansas City

The annual Missouri River 340 race got underway Tuesday in Kansas City. The boat race follows the Missouri River and finishes in St. Charles, Missouri near St. Louis.

About a thousand people took part in the largest non-stop race of its kind in the country. National Geographic magazine has also called the race one of the top 100 american adventures.

The race lasts anywhere from 40 to 88 hours, depending on the crews and what kind of vessel they're in. The boats will pass through Jefferson City sometime during the day on Wednesday.

Normal weather and river conditions are expected for the first time since 2009. High and low river levels have delayed the race in the past.

Tom Selva, a resident of Columbia, Missouri, is one of the few mid-Missouri residents competing in the race. Selva competed last year in the highest division, but dropped out due to a family illness. He was15 boats behind the leader at the time when he dropped out near Glasgow, Missouri.

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