Thanks for a great 10th annual Mississippi River Challenge

Photo: Jon Reynolds

The 10th Annual Mississippi River Challenge dawned chilly and wet. The drizzle and mud on the Minnesota River provided a challenge to both paddlers and volunteers. Even so, we had a great crew this year, and fewer saggers than ever. Things cleared up as we went along, and by evening, the party at Historic Fort Snelling was a blast, complete with delicious food and beverages, the ceremonial firing of the cannon and awesome bands. For the two-day paddlers, Sunday’s finish at Grey Cloud Island was accomplished triumphantly in warm sunshine and with good cheer.

In all, 250 paddlers raised more than $74,000 for FMR’s work, and we are grateful for their efforts on our behalf. We also appreciate the support of 180 volunteers, without whom we could not have pulled this off. Huge thanks go out, as well, to our wonderful sponsors, who are listed at

Whether you paddled the Mississippi River Challenge or not, you can still support FMR’s work by purchasing a versatile MRC steel pint cup, complete with a belt clip. Paddlers this year used them for beer, coffee, water and more. We’d love for you to show off one of your own filled with the beverage of your choice. Want one...or two? Email for details.

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