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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD - FASTEST TIME TO PADDLE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
2,348 miles in 18 days, 4 hours and 51 minutes!
Record set during the Mississippi River Challenge for Rett Syndrome & Leukodystrophy, 2003 (MRC2003)
The MRC2003 started on May 10th, 2003 at 6 AM sharp. Clark Eid (Cheshire, CT) and Bob Bradford (Lapeer, MI) began their epic race against the clock to paddle the mighty Mississippi River in a specially designed Kruger Cruiser canoe in honor of family members who suffered from two different, very rare diseases. A team of dedicated volunteers supported them the entire journey.
They emerged from the ultra-marathon ten states later at Mile Marker Zero on Wednesday, May 28th, 2003 at 10:51 AM, shattering the previous records set in 1984 and 1989 by over five days!
Bob and Clark are motivated by a love of paddling and the spirit of competition. But behind that, it's a deeply personal undertaking for both men. Clark's daughter has Rett syndrome and Bob's family has been affected by Adrenoleukodystrophy, so they took on this unique challenge to raise awareness and increase research funds to combat these two life threatening disease