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MIAMI, Mo. — Fifty miles into the Missouri River 340 race, a paddler told his boat partner he wanted to quit. That partner, who always wanted to compete in the race, later died in his sleep while camping.

After dropping out of the race in Lexington, Mo., the two kayakers and two others who were participating as their support team, decided to follow the race along the shore. The men had an RV and camped in Miami, Mo., Tuesday evening, but on Wednesday morning, friends found one of the men had passed away in the early morning hours.

Scott Mansker with Missouri American Water Rivermiles said the man was in good physical shape and had always wanted to compete in the race. His name has not been released pending family notification.

The Missouri River 340 began Tuesday morning at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. The 340 mile race route spans four days and ends in St. Charles, Mo. Proceeds benefit the beautification and maintenance of the Missouri River.

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