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Carter, Pechous shatter Kayak Challenge record

Garrett Looker GLooker@siouxcityjournal.comMay 26, 2019

SOUTH SIOUX CITY | When Jim Pechous and Braxton Carter paddled their kayak into the dock at Scenic Park Saturday afternoon, the sun was glistening off the Missouri River’s murky waters. For 72 miles, the pair had navigated the river’s twists, turns and high water to become the 2019 South Dakota Kayak Challenge champions.

For nine years, the South Dakota Kayak Challenge had never seen a contestant break the eight-hour mark. On Saturday, Pechous, of Lombard, Illinois, and Carter, of Charlotte, South Carolina, paddled their way to a record-setting time of seven hours and 14 minutes.

“Having done this six years now, I think it was more of the mental challenge of seeing if the conditions would allow us to break the standing record from last year,” Carter said. In 2018, he was a part of another duo that set the previous record at eight hours and eight minutes.

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