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3 men set off to paddle Mississippi, hope to break record

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ITASCA STATE PARK, Minn. (AP) - Three men have set off on what they hope will be a record-setting journey paddling down the Mississippi River.

Kevin Eckelkamp, Nate Lastinger and K.J. Millhone left the river's headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota on Thursday in their canoe, bound for the Gulf of Mexico.

To break the current record of 18 days, four hours and 51 minutes, they'll have to average about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) an hour, night and day. The trip is more than 2,300 miles (3,701 kilometers)

Lastinger tells Minnesota Public Radio News that one crew member will sleep while the other two paddle.

Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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