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KR255 Endurance Race on Kentucky River reaches halfway mark

KR255 Participants Portaging Around Lock
Race participants portaged around a lock on the Kentucky River. (Photo courtesy of Kentucky American Water)

Lexington, Ky., (June 23, 2016) – Participants in the inaugural KR255, a 255-mile kayak/canoe endurance race on the Kentucky River presented by Kentucky American Water in partnership with the Asbury University Center for Adventure Leadership and the Kentucky River Authority, have reached the half-way mark.

The race, which started Tuesday in Beattyville, Ky., at the origin of the Kentucky River, involves not only paddling along the river to Carrollton, Ky., but also portaging around the 14 locks and dams on the river, which is no easy feat. Participants have exactly 100 hours to complete the course, with an awards ceremony scheduled for noon at Point Park in Carrollton, Ky.

Three teams – one four-person team, one tandem and one individual – remain in the competition. The leading team, comprised of four Kentucky American Water employees, is currently heading to the High Bridge area of the river in Jessamine County. They are scheduled to be in the Franklin County area on Friday.

The Kentucky River is the primary source of drinking water for most of Kentucky American Water’s approximately 130,000 customers, as well as a total of about one-sixth of Kentucky’s population.

To learn more about the KR255, visit www.kr255.com.

Kentucky American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately half a million people. The company was recognized as a Best Place to Work in Kentucky in 2014, 2015 and 2016. For more information, visit www.kentuckyamwater.com.


Participants canoed during the endurance race. (Photo courtesy of Kentucky American Water)