{MR340: Are We Crazy?}

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm sorry to disappoint those of you who thought my exciting news had to do with being preggers. Not yet, Homeslices ... not until I do one of the stupidest most adventurous things I've EVER done!

A couple of weeks ago Tim mentioned that I had been dreaming about entering this year's MR340 River Race. Well guess what? I found my paddling partner!!!

Here are three reasons why I couldn't ask for a better sidekick than Emily McKeaigg ...

1. She's one of the funniest people I've ever met.

I have no doubt that my sides will hurt more from Em's interpretive dancing and witty humor than from paddling 340 miles across the state of Missouri. There's no question she could give Kristen Wiig a run for her money.

2. She strong like bull.
Em can run a 7:30min mile and recently completed her 7th half marathon and 1st full marathon. She also has a mental toughness that rivals that of a mongoose.

3. She's on a mission.
Kent and Em still need to raise $5,000 for their adoption, and have decided that lemonade stands and bake sales just aren't cuttin' it.

Ever since Tim and I went kayaking in Alaska last summer we've had a passion for helping bring the McKeaigg's baby home. We've cleaned out our closets, auctioned off our Vincent Van Loerke paintings, and are now committed to paddling from Kansas City to St. Charles, MO in honor of their adoption.

TEAM MEMBERS: Em Loerke & Em McKeaigg
GROUND CREW: Papa Richmond, Tim Loerke, Kent McKeaigg (+ any other jokers we can recruit)
TEAM NAME: www.todaysletters.com
BOAT #: 5000 {in honor of the 5grrr we hope to raise}
{see the official MR340 roster HERE}
RACE DATES: July 19th - July 22nd, 2011
CHECKPOINTS: Kaw Point, Lexington, Waverly, Miami, Glasgow, Katfish Katy's, Jeff city, Hermann, Klondike, St. Charles.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can help. We've got some fun and creative ideas up our sleeves!

Also, let us know if you know of anyone in the Dallas area interested in selling a tandem racing kayak. Otherwise we might be floating down Big Muddy in plastic barrels like these guys from last year's race.



Heather said...

Wowza, that's just awesome!!!! Can't wait to hear more...will be chearing you on!

lindsay said...

Strong Bull is now officially in T-R-O-U-B-L-E for not consulting her loving community on this... but if she did we woulda said YEEEAAAHHH!!!
Can't wait to hear all about it! (Rett wants to join the crew.)

Anonymous said...

That's rad.

Leah said...

Amazing!!! Your friend sounds so fun too- wish I was close by to come cheer you all on! I knew your news wasn't a "little"...something tells me your delivery of the news will be without warning:) I love that you are supporting your friend's adoption. As a soon-to-be Auntie of an adopted Ethiopian lovely I have a whole new heart for adoption and my hubby and I are planning on adding to our crew in this way one day too!

Brooke said...

One - you made me laugh out loud
Two - Em is THE perfect choice - you will not doubt pee your pants
Three - y'all's pic is the best
Four - Twice the Em power = WIN!

You guys are a little crazy and a lot awesomeness! xo

Lindsay said...

That is sooo awesome!! You are such a powerhouse! Can't wait to see/read all the details!!

Julie said...

That's awesome, Em!! I love it!! And excellent choice of partnership for all the reasons listed. What a great adventure and even greater cause! Love y'all both!

CAW said...

you are not crazy you are committed!!

CAgridlock said...

You are AMAZING! I love to kayak, but I've never gone even close to that far. Leg pumps, and shimmies all around.

Lorien Westmoreland said...
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Lorien Westmoreland said...

How do I find/buy a McKeaigg shirt!?
I want to do leg pumps and shimmies all the way around campus!

Han said...

I told Chris that he should do this - he didn't believe me lol. He also pointed out that the rivers here in the UK aren't long enough to practice on lol. I think he's just being a whimp but sssh I didn't say that lol

KLP said...

I now have a new goal to add to my list! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Missy said...

LOVE this! You two will have SO much fun!!! Yay for 2 Ems, crazy adventures (I really hope to see you floating in barrels), and precious families that God has amazing plans for.

Today's Letters said...

thanks for all of your support and encouragement, littles! we'll keep you posted on how you can get involved. lorien, shoot me an email and we can talk shirts! xoxo

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