Racers from Meckling, Sturgis among high finishers in new South Dakota race
YANKTON, S.D. – Matthew Perkins of Meckling took first place in the adventure class, men’s solo, and Nancy Smidt of Sturgis took third in the adventure class, women’s solo at the first-ever South Dakota Kayak Challenge, held May 29-30 on the Missouri River in South Dakota.
Perkins finished the 70-mile race in 11 hours, 15 minutes, while Smidt climbed out of her craft after a 15 hour, 42 minute race.
No women’s tandem teams raced, but Rick LaBrie and Pam Swier, both of Yankton, took first place in the mixed tandem class. Phil Reed and Mitch Anderson of Oakland, Iowa, took first in the men’s tandem competitive class. Tyler Labelle and Derek Lonergan, both from Calgary, Alberta, won the men’s adventure class men’s tandem race.
Overall winners for the competitive class of the race included Carol Heddinghaus of Rolla, Mo., and Bryan Hopkins of Columbia, Mo. Both were the first-place finishers in their respective solo competitive classes.
Hopkins finished first overall with a time of 10 hours, 6 minutes on the course that stretched about 70 miles on the river. Winds from the south-southeast blew at 25-30 mph for most of the race, making it a challenge for all 87 who took part. Twenty-three racers did not finish.
Complete results are available at the race website at this link: http://sdkayakchallenge.org.
Race organizers plan to host the event again in 2011 and will soon officially announce the dates for next year’s event. For more information, call race founders Jarett Bies at 605-941-4940 or Steven Dahlmeier at 605-864-9011.