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!

Please see Justin Bradford's Website and sign his guestbook - he loves to hear from everyone (Justin is Bob Bradford's grandson)!


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

Race Updates

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

May 10 - Race start, 6 AM sharp at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, Itasca Lake Park, Minnesota, weather a little rainy, paddlers made good time today....

May 11- Rough overnight crossing of Lake Winny... Paddlers are at least 20 miles ahead of 1984 record...

May 12 - Bill ends up in the police station, Kent Spading send in a warning about L&D 27 (to come later)

May 13 - Dana says the paddlers are over 100 miles ahead of the record by this evening...Verlen Kruger gives some great advice about getting over the Diversion Dam... Stan Hanson, in an emotional moment says it doesn't matter if they break the record or not....

May 14 - More paddlers join in with Clark and Bob and paddle to the Twin Cities, MN.....The whole team stops at Ken Ketter's Canoes....


May 15 - The Lake Pepin crossing is very smooth, but little/no current.... weather overall good...

May 16 - Through L&D 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.... still well ahead of the 1984 record...

May 17 - Angie reports a journey back in tape... the paddlers tape a radio show....paddlers are averaging over 100 miles a day ... Through L&D 10,11 and 12

May 18 - Clark says they are now over 150 miles ahead of the 1984 record... the team gets more media coverage...Angie Phelps and gang are leaving the road crew but will be back for the end... Don Bradford, Bob's brother, shows up for moral support...

May 19 - Team is at least through L&D 20, maybe 21 by the end of this day... paddlers are requesting ice, it's getting hot...Clark is taking sneaky pictures of Bob for the website "later"... the crew pulls together with the help of tug boat captains and the L & D 20 master and let the paddlers go ahead of a couple of tugs with their barges....

May 20
- 190 miles ahead of the 1984 record in the morning.... very windy conditions.... cable/rudder problems... L&D 24 Master sends us some great photos....

May 21 - A fish attacks Clark.... Dana Hanson and Jon Young join the road crew... over 200 miles ahead of the 1984 record....

May 22
- 409 miles ahead of the 1984 record.... the Coast Guard is calling and wants updates as the paddlers go through New Orleans.... corn growing in the road...

May 23
- Mike and Denise arrive.....Lots of flooding going on so it's hard to meet the paddlers....Janet attempts to ignite her van by puncturing her gas line....

May 24 - Bob is clocked paddling 10 mph solo.... Denise is wishing she never asked about alligators.....Bob and Clark are 556 miles ahead of the 1984 record...

May 25 - What to do about floating debris....Buffet or a sandwich for lunch?... Things are just a tad bit wet tonight....

May 26 - 600 miles ahead of the 1984 record.... Baton Rouge or bust.... bets are being taken for final time estimates... the paddlers are too fast to catch ....

May 27
- Desiree has joined the road crew ....Paddlers are facing heavy fog this A.....The barges are getting nasty, winds are high, waves are rough.....

May 28
- 2003 Record
Set at 18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!