Missouri: Where the Rivers Run and Paddlers Play

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This weekend, March 5-7, Alpine Shop is celebrating its 10th Annual Great Canoe and Kayak Event with over 20 hours of clinics, programs and films dedicated to the art and sport of paddling. Featured presentations at the Kirkwood location include “The Paddling Gourmet” with Marty Koch and “Kayak Fishing Tips from the Pros” with St. Charles-native and professional kayak fisherman Brett Boschert. Saturday evening will be completely dedicated to the Missouri River 340 Race including the St. Louis premiere of the documentary, The Next 340 Miles, presented by filmmaker Jodi Pfefferkorn at 7 pm.

10th Annual Great Canoe & Kayak Event

Today, more people than ever are discovering that Missouri's waterways are perfect for a wide range of self-powered activities: from fitness exercises to full-blown competitions, and from simple relaxation to simply better fishing.

We say Missouri is the state “Where the Rivers Run,” and do they ever, with 85 named rivers within our state’s boundaries. Add in a nearly countless number of smaller tributaries and lakes and it’s clear you’re in one of the most paddle-friendly areas in the country. Today, more people than ever are discovering that Missouri’s waterways are perfect for a wide range of self-powered activities: from fitness exercises to full-blown competitions, and from simple relaxation to simply better fishing.

This weekend, March 5-7, Alpine Shop is celebrating its 10th Annual Great Canoe and Kayak Event with over 20 hours of clinics, programs and films dedicated to the art and sport of paddling. Featured presentations at the Kirkwood location include “The Paddling Gourmet” with Marty Koch and “Kayak Fishing Tips from the Pros” with St. Charles-native and professional kayak fisherman Brett Boschert. Saturday evening will be completely dedicated to the Missouri River 340 Race including the St. Louis premiere of the documentary, The Next 340 Miles, presented by filmmaker Jodi Pfefferkorn at 7 pm.

Nearly all clinics and programs are free and open to the public. The first clinic begins at 6 pm on Friday, March 5 and programs continue throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. A complete schedule is available at http://www.alpineshop.com . For the showing of The Next 340 Miles at 7 pm on Saturday, March 6 at Alpine Shop Kirkwood, we will be asking for a donation of $5 for tickets. All proceeds from the film will be split between the American Cancer Society and Missouri River Relief, a grassroots, volunteer organization dedicated to reconnecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups and education events.

Alpine Shop will also host a boat auction on Saturday at 2 pm for customers looking to sell or buy used craft. A portion of the proceeds from each sold craft will be donated to The Open Space Council, the guiding force behind Operation Clean Stream, one of longest and largest ongoing river restoration projects in the country.

About The Alpine Shop
Alpine Shop began life in 1973 as a small climbing shop. Today, through its three locations in Kirkwood, Chesterfield and Columbia, Mo., it serves almost every type of outdoor enthusiast—be they backpackers, campers, cyclists, hikers, paddlers, skiers, snowboarders or climbers—with a friendly and knowledgeable staff, cutting edge products and a wide variety of how-to clinics for all activity levels.

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