2003 World Record Set:
18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!
Mississippi River Challenge for
- May 10, 2003 6 AM to May 28, 10:51 AM 2003-
A 2,348 Mile Marathon to Support a Marathon of Research!
May 28, Wednesday
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Just got a call from Dana, Stan and Clark.... Bob Bradford and Clark Eid crossed the finish line at Mile Marker 0 at 10:51 AM CST today, May 28.....
Everyone is fine...
Record Set at 18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!
More to follow
the support crew is waiting at Fort Jackson (River Mile 19). Bob
and Clark are expected around 8am -- they can see them at the far
point. The end is (almost) in sight! Stan believes they won't
be really stopping here, just picking up vittles and liquids. (Probably
too excited to get out of the canoe!) Stan will have to start making
phone calls to alert the Authority II that Bob and Clark are 19
river miles away. The Authority II will be ready to jump out and
escort them from Venice to Mile Zero. Wish I could be there again
for the end. I'm so jealous!
of the Plaquemines Parish fireboat that escorted the paddlers from
Venice to Mile Zero two years ago has retired. His son Clinton
was also present at the end of the 2001 race -- kept saying that
history was being made. Clinton is now the Captain of the Upper
Parish fireboat. Last night, Clinton met Clark & Bob 12 miles above
Belle Chasse. When the paddlers stopped for breakfast, Clinton
stopped his fireboat and joined them. When all were ready to leave,
Clinton went outside to start up the fireboat. He was going to
escort them south of Belle Chasse for several more miles. However
-- he couldn't get the fireboat started again. So Bob & Clark had
to paddle without escort. Like they're not used to that... :-)
Regardless, it was neat seeing Clinton again!
has started handling out special t-shirts. At the headwaters --
some 2,348 miles ago -- she took pictures of Bob and Clark with
all the various crew members. She turned the pictures into iron-ons
and made everyone a unique t-shirt. Stan said the pictures were
definitely taken at the headwaters because Clark has no facial hair
and it was before he shaved his head!
as Clinton would say, we're about to witness history in the making
The road crew is sitting in Fort Jackson, having the breakfast of champions: Twizzlers and Fritos. The mosquitos here are as bad as we've seen anywhere. Bob & Clark should be here in less than an hour. They called a short while ago, and said that they don't want any food, just enough drinks to get them to Head of Passes. Our plan for the next few hours is as follows:
water at Fort Jackson.
At present, it
looks like Tony's guess of 18 days, 5 hours and 32 minutes will be
the closest. High water (aka fast current), little rain and favorable
winds have led to an amazinly fast time, one which no one predicted
initially (Bob's schedule had them completing the event in 19 days
and 15 hours).
All are in good
spirits and looking forward to the dash to the finish line, which
lies 20 miles downstream of our current location.
Final Bets Placed were:
Lisa and Chuck
Evert May 27, 12:20 PM
If you placed
a bet, and don't see it listed, pls remind me! - Mary Potter
I am sitting at the Point a la Hache Ferry Landing in one of the Official Support Vehicles typing this, while at the same time glancing periodically upriver. It is 02h21, and the paddlers are expected here shortly. Angie has just told me that the canoe is almost to the landing. With only 49 miles to go, this is the sprint to the finish line. We have felt for several days now that it is not a matter of _if_ they will break the record, but _by how much_ they will break the record.
are ideal. The temp is in the 70s, and there is a light breeze.
At the Mile Marker 0 platform