Colusa alumna finishes infamous MR340

A former Colusa resident and military veteran showed her mettle by completing the Missouri River Race in less than 64 hours.

April (Resch) Morthland, along with her paddling partner, Amanda Ross, kayaked 340 miles across Missouri in July.

The MR340, as the race is billed, is the world’s longest nonstop canoe or kayak river race, where participants start with first stoke at Kansas City and paddle their way across the entire state of Missouri to St. Charles. Participants must make all nine checkpoints by an allowed cutoff time, or be disqualified, and have just 88 hours total to finish the race.

Morthland, the daughter of David Resch, of Colusa, is a graduate of Colusa High School and Yuba College. She served 24 years in the U.S. Navy, and retired as a chief petty officer.

Today, Morthland is a registered nurse attending to veterans at a VA hospital in Maryland. She has two sons: Nick, who teaches English in China, and Michael, who works for Yosemite National Park.

Her husband, Mike Morthland, provided support at the checkpoints, where the kayakers had 14 hours out of their kayaks for breaks, replenishing supplies, and six hours of sleep.