Mississippi River Challenge for Rett Syndrome And Leukodystrophy
was an ultra-endurance race of the ENTIRE Mississippi River
(2,348 miles) without any timeouts or breaks, all done to benefit
those suffering from two different life threatening diseases
- Rett Syndrome and Leukodystrophies.
May 10, 2003, at 6 AM, Clark Eid (Cheshire, CT) and Bob Bradford
(Lapeer, MI) began their paddle of the mighty Mississippi River
in World Record Time in a specially designed racing canoe. They
launched their boat and their epic adventure in the still waters
of a northern Minnesotan lake and emerged ten states and 18
days, 4 hours and 51 minutes later in the Gulf of Mexico.
In the days and nights covering 2,348 miles, the two endurance
paddlers raced against time, fatigue, foul weather, and other
hazards as they struggled to reach their goal. They were motivated
by a love of paddling and the spirit of competition. But behind
that, it was a deeply personal undertaking for both men. Clark's
daughter has Rett syndrome and Bob's family has been affected
by Adrenoleukodystrophy (one of many forms of leukodystrophies),
so they took on this uniuqe challenge to raise awareness and
research funds to combat these two life threatening diseases.
will be racing against the clock to beat the previous Guinness
World Records set in 1989 and 1984:
World Records. - 1989 Record for paddling the entire Mississippi
River - 23 days, 9 hours, and 51 minutes.
Paddlers Bill Perdzock and Mike Schnitska
World Records. - 1984 Record for paddling the entire Mississippi
River - 23 days, 10 hours, 20 minutes.
Paddlers Verlen Kruger and Valerie Fons
thanks to Commander Jerry Torok and D.F. Ryan, Captain, US Coast
Guard, Chief Marine Safety Division for his assistance!