Welcome to the Swim Across America – St. Louis Open Water Swim! Established in 2016, SAA – St. Louis has raised over $1,300,000 for our beneficiary: Siteman Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in St. Louis.
Each year we are proud to host over 500 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Gold Medal Olympians and special guests at our charity event. We are so excited to have you join us for our 8th annual swim on August 26th at our spectacular setting on Alpine Lake!
Race to the Dome is a canoe/kayak/SUP race on the Missouri River. Two race courses are available to paddlers – Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles) and Providence to Jefferson City (27.6 miles).
The first Race to the Dome was hosted on July 3, 2010, and started by Patrick Lynn as a fundraiser for Missouri River Relief. After several years of running the race, the race began to be transferred to Missouri River Relief to organize and run.
Now, this has become a favorite race for the community. It’s one of the last races of the paddling season and people like that it attracts seasoned veterans and brand new paddlers. One of the growing divisions of the race is the Adult/Youth division.
Proceeds from the race support Missouri River Relief‘s efforts to connect people to the Missouri River through hands-on, on-the-river clean-ups, education, and recreation.
Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs, and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip. This race promises to test your mettle from the first stroke in Kansas City to the last gasp in St. Charles. Just entering it will impress your friends. Finishing it will astound them… and winning it? Well, you always thought you were sort of a legend anyway, didn’t you? It’s time to prove it.
The Missouri 340 is an endurance race across the state of Missouri. Competitors will start in Kansas City and finish, some of them anyway, in St. Charles. With numerous towns and hamlets, the course offers plenty of opportunity for resupply while en route. The Missouri River is also incredibly scenic and isolated in some stretches, with wildlife and beautiful vistas to rival any river in North America. But if you’re trying to win this race, you won’t have time to enjoy any of it.
Participants are allowed exactly 85 hours to complete the course. There are checkpoints along the route where paddlers are required to sign in and sign out. Cutoff times will be associated with these checkpoints based on the 85-hour pace. Failure to checkpoint deadlines is grounds for disqualification. To finish this race in 85 hours is a huge accomplishment. Only 2/3 of the teams were able to do that last year.
There are no dams, locks, or portages on this stretch of Missouri. You could, conceivably, finish this race without ever having left your boat. (We don’t recommend it.) This doesn’t mean that the race is without danger. Any time you put yourself on the water, especially moving water, you assume a certain amount of risk. The Missouri 340 course is all on Class I water. The current is about 2-3 mph and there are no rapids. The biggest hazard to paddlers would be motorboats, mostly fishermen, and the occasional towboat pushing barges. In rivers, obstacles would include wing dikes, buoys, and bridge pilings.
Thanks to the United States Coast Guard, the river is marked over the entire course with mileage and channel markers. It is almost impossible not to know, within a mile or less, your exact location. At the pre-race meeting and safety check, racers will be briefed on how to read these markers, how to handle a tow and barge passage, and what constitutes public property on the river. Paddlers will also be provided with a series of dispatches leading up to the race with details on training, strategy, and safety.