Shootout Race Details

RPC3 Shootout Canoe and Kayak Race

  The RPC3 Shootout is a 51 mile canoe and kayak race on the Missouri River that will challenge even the toughest of competitors

   As the "First Canoe and Kayak Marathon of the year" in Missouri, the Epic Shootout is the perfect start to the season, and it is also the first leg of the infamous MR340.  

 The finish line will be at Lexington Missouri where there will also be a free hot meal to all racers, awards ceremony, prizes, and a raffle.  

   Schedule of Events:
•     7:30-8:00am – Late registration
•     8:00am – Pre-race safety meeting
•     9:00am – Race Start
•     2:00pm – First boat to finish at Lexington (approx.)
•     3:30pm – Award Ceremony (once 80% of finishers arrive)
•     4:00pm – Last boat comes through (approx.)

Race Details     

  1. General Information
  2. Entry Fee per racer and Registration
  3. Pre-race Meeting
  4. Start
  5. Finish
  6. Classes
  7. Class Definitions
  8. Prizes
  9. Raffle
  10. Rules
  11. Craft requirements

    1.   General Information

Pre-race safety meeting starts at 8:00am at Kaw Point access point.  Racers must attend the safety meeting, or they will not be allowed to race.  It is recommended that all racers arrive around 7:30 to prepare their gear, and sign their insurance waiver.  As soon as the safety meeting is over, racers may begin launching in anticipation for the race start.

There will be five classes; single blade solo, double blade solo, single blade tandem, double blade tandem, and exhibition.  Each of the five classes will earn trophies for 1st through 3rd, medals for all competitors.  

The race begins at 9:00am at Kaw Point access point on the Kansas River, a nice calm body of water that will host the contingent of racers when the whistle is blown.  Right at the confluence,  racers will find themselves merging onto the wide Missouri River, where 50 miles of beautiful river awaits them.

There will be several other access points along the way for ground crews and spectators to make contact with the racers.  Places such as La Benite, Fort Osage, and Napoleon. 

The official finish line is Lexington Access Point. 

The awards ceremony and raffle will begin around 3:00pm.  This time will be a little flexible based on finishers.  The goal is to get most of the racers there, or as many racers as possible.

  1. Entry Fee per racer and Registration:

$60 online or day of race

  1. Pre Race Meeting (Checkpoint 1):

8:00am same location as Start

  1. Start Location:

9:00am Sat. April 28, 2018

Kaw Point

  1. Finish Location:

Lexington Access Point

  1. Classes:
  • Single Blade Solo
  • Single Blade Tandem
  • Double Blade Solo
  • Double Blade Tandem
  • Exhibition


  1. Class Definitions:
  • Single Blade Solo:  1 person in the boat, only may use single blade paddle
  • Single Blade Tandem:  2 persons in the boat, only may use single blade paddle
  • Double Blade Solo:  1 person in the boat, only may use double blade paddle
  • Double Blade Tandem:  2 persona in the boat, only may use double blade paddle
  • Exhibition:  Any boat with 3 or more paddlers, or any number of paddlers using a combination of double and single blade paddles
  1. Prizes:

All 4 classes (SBS, SBT, DBS, DBT) will be recognized with trophies placed 1-3, and medals for all other finishers.  While we will recognize verbally the place winners of the exhibition class, it is not an official class.  The race organizers encourage racers to join the four main classes, but racers will not be restricted from racing in boats that qualify in the exhibition class (peace, love, come-as-you-are, and all that stuff)

  1. Raffle:

Based on the sponsorship

10.  Rules:  

1. All racers must attend the mandatory race check-in and safety meeting at 8:00am.

2. The Shootout Race will officially start at 9:00am Central time 

3. The race will officially end at 6:00pm (9 hours) or when the last boat has reached Lexington Access Point, whichever comes earlier. A team’s participation in this event ends when they have reached Lexington Access Point before 6:00pm, or when they notify race headquarters that they have withdrawn.  Participants still on the Missouri River at 6:00pm are electing to continue independently of the race.

4. Each race craft must be propelled exclusively by paddle power (double or single blade) while on the water. No rowing configuration is permitted. No sail or kite is permitted.

5. All participants agree to appear in this event related media coverage free of charge.

6. For any “shortcut” to be legal, it must have a flow of river water through it. Overland portages are not allowed. Portages over exposed “wing dams” for convenience are not permitted. Outside assistance is not permitted.

7. Outside assistance that provides intentional aid in the forward progress of a canoe/kayak is not allowed. This includes towing, wake riding, deflection of wind and “rafting up”. However, limited interaction between the competitor race craft, as is the case in most canoe and kayak marathon races, is acceptable. This will be restricted to only wake riding and wind deflection. No towing of race craft is permitted.

8. Ground support is allowed for racers but is not mandatory. A ground crew may assist with procurement of supplies, preparation of meals, etc. Ground crew may not, in any way, assist with
propulsion of the boat. They may only touch the boat when the boat is in contact with the shore. Physical contact with support can only occur when the boat is grounded. No contact on the water is allowed. No support provided from a support boat is allowed.

9. Infractions of any rule during the event will be grounds for time penalties or disqualification to be reasonably and fairly determined by the Judges Committee.

10. Deliberate littering of the river is illegal. Teams must keep their trash in their canoes/kayaks and either transfer it to their support teams or go ashore themselves to properly dispose waste.

11. All team members should understand there are serious risks involved in this endeavor. The hydraulics associated with many of the wing dams along the river are inherently dangerous. The greatest risk, however, is from the numerous large and small power craft that ply the great river.
Constant vigilance, clear thinking, and quick reaction will be essential at all times. Good judgment must dictate when it is time to rest. All team members (racers and support personnel) will enter this race at their own risk and will not hold this event’s organizers, judges, officials, and sponsors liable for accidents to personnel or damage to any property.

12. Anyone paddling solo in this event must be at least 18 years of age on race date or at least 12 years of age if part of a tandem team accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. (Note that the parent or legal guardian must sign the liability waiver for under 18)

13. All participants in this event, including paddlers and other team members must agree to the “Amateur Athletic Waiver and Release of Liability”. This waiver is required by the United States Canoe Association for participation in this event.

14. Multiple teams may not share paddlers. Teams may share ground support.

15. Teams must make formal contact with race officials at the finish line.  If you elect to end your race you must make it a priority to contact race officials and let them know.

16. Each racer must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver at all times while on the water. A whistle and an emergency chemical night light must also be attached to each life preserver at all times. A PFD must be worn at all times while on the water. This is per the United States Coast Guard as part of our race permit.

17. Boating at night is dangerous and the organizers do not allow this, as all racers are required to finish before 6:00pm May 3, 2014. If a racer decides to continue independently of the race, they should be aware that full navigation lights are required for night travel as per Missouri State boating law. This would include red/green lights on the bow and a white stern light. Paddlers should also have an LED or chemical light affixed to PFD in case of emergency. A white light (flashlight) for signaling should also be aboard.

18. Boating in foggy conditions is dangerous and is neither required nor recommended. Assistance from race officials may take hours, especially in adverse conditions, and all racers need to be prepared to self-rescue and hike out if needed.

19. In formulating the rules that govern this event, every effort has been made to foresee all situations and problems that may rise, however, officials of the Epic Shootout Race retain the right to change or amend these rules at any time without liability or recourse from any party regardless of the circumstances. Should such changes or amendments be made, every effort will be made to notify all entrants.

  1. Craft Requirements  

1. The original craft must be paddled from start to finish. Repairs may be made to the craft during the race, but other alterations are not permitted.

2. Any part of the craft (rudders, outriggers, etc.) which will be below the water line during any portion of the race must be “on board” from start to finish. A space must be available on each side of the canoe/kayak close to the bow on which to affix the official race number. Each team may choose their own 4 digit number upon entry on a first come, first served basis. Race numbers are to be affixed by the racers themselves, prior to the start of the race.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A RACE NUMBER ON YOUR BOAT, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RACE!!!  We need to be able to identify you!!!  We promise that we will not sell the identity of your boat number to the NSA, so please put your boat number on your boat.

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