Mississippi Challenges 1984, 2001, 2003
In addition to the upstream paddle that he and Steve made during the UCC, Verlen also paddled down the Mississippi's entire length. The first trip was the Eddie Bauer Challenge in 1984 with Valerie Fons, for which they earned a Guinness World Record. Verlen's next trip downstream was in 2001, when he and Bob Bradford were the paddlers for the Team Kruger in the Great Mississippi River Race for Rett Syndrome. In 2003 Verlen did not paddle, but instead was Race Director and part of Team Hope's shore crew.
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