Photos by Roger Cotton /

Joe Royer founded Memphis’s Outdoors Inc., in 1974, growing the outdoor equipment retail chain’s annual Canoe and Kayak Race on the Mighty Mississippi into an ever-popular race event pulling upwards of 500 entrants, only having to cancel the 30th installment the second year in a row last year due to historic flood conditions [Read more HERE]. This Saturday, the race known for its spectacular mass-start and inclusive nature (racers participated in 64 different boat classes and age divisions) was back on. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Barton took the top prize in 18 minutes, 3 seconds. Click HERE for full results.