ST. CLOUD - Four men from Michigan were in the Sauk Rapids-St. Cloud area on Thursday attempting to break the all time speed record for paddling the Mississippi River by canoe.

The current Mississippi River record is held by Bob Bradford and Clark Eid who completed the trip from Lake Itaska to Louisiana in 18 days, 4 hours and 51 minutes.

Tim, Clint, Boot and Colin are trying to become the first to attempt the record as a four man canoe team. The team spend over a year planning and preparing for the trip. Their canoe weighs in at over 60 pounds with supplies. The crew needed to carry their canoe for a half mile under the Sauk Rapids Bridge.

Outdoor Endeavors with St. Cloud State University helped the group navigate though the area and also gave them food and supplies.

The weather has been less than favorable for the crew with cold weather and rain putting them behind their goal by several hours. They hopes to make up on time if the weather and conditions improve as they travel south.



Dan DeBaun, WJON News