Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

High water speeds Saturday canoe race

July 12, 2007

In the first of what organizer Darrel Zimmerman hopes will become an annual event, canoes launched from Saturday morning for a 12-mile race down the Kansas River to the De Soto boat ramp.

Winning the race was the father-and-son team of Ken and Travis Tilford of Edwardsville with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes.

The race was postponed from early May because of high water on the river, which was still at a 10-foot river stage. That did not detract from the enjoyment of the river environment and habitat, including a pair of bald eagles.

Another race is in consideration for September when students return to area colleges.

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