Hansen, Steppe win Missouri River 340 race

West Hansen and Richard Steppe won this year's Missouri River 340 race, finishing the journey down the Missouri River this morning in St. Charles, Mo.

Hansen/Steppe team needed 44 hours and 27 minutes to finish the race, which started Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan.

It was a repeat victory for Hansen, who won last year as a solo competitor in 53 hours, 29 minutes.

Russ Payzant, who has been leading the racers down the river in a powered safety boat, said that most of the competitors had gone the entire race without sleep. About 65 boats remained in the competition as of late Wednesday night.

"Imagine running a marathon times 10," Payzant said. "That's what they did."