Traci Lynn began a love for the outdoors as a recreational paddler and backpacker in 1986. Her noteworthy trips included backpacking portions of the Continental Divide and the Colorado Trail.
From 1988-1995 she was a competitive archer, and in 2005, she began paddling for fitness. Just three years later, she tried her hand at long-distance competitive kayak races. She found something she truly loved. She continued to thrive in kayak racing, as well as running many road races of a variety of distances, along with some sprint triathlons.
Traci takes pride in the fact that in 2013, just a short time after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Auto Immune Disease, or RA, she took third place in her division in the Summer RoundUp Triathlon.
Traci traveled dozens of times to areas along Lake Superior's North Shore in Minnesota, spending about eight years enjoying the waters near Duluth, Tofte and Grand Marais. She spent countless hours paddling on the icy waters of Lake Superior, so she's no stranger to this portion of the route. In addition, Traci's gone on solo on treks into the Boundary Waters (BWCA), where she's done extensive paddling, camping and navigating. She loved taking her two sons into the BWCA for a family trip where everyone learned about the healing properties of nature.
Traci has participated in dozens of kayak races since 2008 and has taken first place in several categories, including women's solo and mixed tandem. She's a proven winner and loves the spirit of the day that comes with races ranging in length from 40 to 340 miles.
The MR 340, a 340-mile juggernaut that traverses all of the state of Missouri, is a place where Traci's shown her strength, skill and determination. She's taken part eight times since trying it in 2008, and she finished in the top three in her division on four occasions. She won the women's solo division twice in 2011 and 2013.
The MR 340 is the longest, non-stop kayak/canoe race in the United States. It's also where Traci learned how to push herself beyond all limits; she knows she can paddle up to 36 hours without stopping to sleep.
Besides setting five course records in the mixed tandem division, Traci has also set a course record in the women's solo division in:
The Gritty 50 short course
The Freedom Race in 2013
The Osage 36 in 2015
The South Dakota Kayak Challenge in 2016