The annual Missouri River 340 race got underway Tuesday in Kansas City. The boat race follows the Missouri River and finishes in St. Charles, Missouri near St. Louis. Close to 1,000 people will take part in the largest non-stop race of its kind in the country.

Competitors have up to 88 hours to finish. The competitive teams will finish around 40. There is a six-man group from Texas that is on record setting pace, having left Jefferson City, just after 8 a.m. this morning.

Temperatures will be in the low 80’s and and near perfect river conditions are expected for the first time since 2009. High and low river levels have delayed the race in the past.