2003 World Record Set:
18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!

The Mississippi River Challenge for
Rett Syndrome & Leukodystrophy

- May 10, 2003 6 AM to May 28, 10:51 AM 2003-
A 2,348 Mile Marathon to Support a Marathon of Research!

L to R: Bradford & Eid, near Lock & Dam 24


Special thanks to all of our sponsors! Their support and kindness has made this event possible. Sponsors are listed alphabetically.

Greatland Laser


Custom Cooke Sewing

Kruger Canoes

 Crystal Clean Water    
 Owosso Mi.     


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And With Help From......

Road Crew Support

  • Road crew members Captain Stan Hanson, Janet Bradford, Bill Pullen, Andrew Gribble, Jon Young, Mike and Denise Bradford & family and Angie Phelps & family provide their own time off to support this event, as well as anything not covered by sponsors needed by the road crew.
  • Special thanks to Stan and Dana Hanson and Janet and Bob Bradford for supplying their personal vehicles during this Event.
  • Donations for Gasoline for the Road Crew are supplied by many kind individuals - we thank you!

Race Boat

Bob Bradford and Clark Eid have assumed all costs and work not covered by sponsors to outfit the race boat and an identical backup race boat. Special thanks to Bob Bradford, Mark Przedwojewski and Verlen Kruger for building the boats.

Donations to Research, for Rett Syndrome and Leukodystrophy

A special thanks to all those who bought T-shirts, attended the dinners, and donated money to research to the United Leukodystrophy Foundation and/or the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation. We do not list private individual donors due to privacy issues, but want to thank them publicly. Many thanks!

And With Additional Help From ....

  • Army Corp of Engineers
  • Commander Jerry Torok and D.F. Ryan, Captain, US Coast Guard, Chief Marine Safety Division.
  • Families affected by Rett Syndrome
  • Families affected by Leukodystrophies
  • Rett Syndrome Research Foundation
  • United Leukodystrophy Foundation
  • Headwaters Canoe Club and Jim Haskell
  • Press and Media folks, who have called much attention to our efforts, and helped raise awareness and research funds for Rett Syndrome and Leukodystrophy!

Technical Assistance & Website Assistance

  • Addme.com
  • Andrew M. Gribble, LLC
  • Blogger.com
  • Findu.com and Steve Dimse
  • Paddler logo designed by Clark Eid (paddler)
  • Pictures, Video, Audio, - provided by Team Hope members
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  • Website costs provided by Mary Potter and Clark Eid, Webmaster is Mary Potter
  • Please note, this website is provided free of charge by Mary Potter and Clark Eid. Reproduction of any part of this site is welcomed as long as you are increasing awareness of this event, Rett Syndrome, and Leukodystrophy through the media or your website as a public service. No one has our permission to use any race related information, our images or our logo for personal or private gain.


Additional Assistance from lots of friendly folks who just pitched in and helped....