Team River Runner (TRR)


Team River Runner’s (TRR) Mission – To provide all active duty, veterans, and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports!  TRR is a national organization with various Chapters, including St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri areas. See TRR’s full values & vision statement.  

MWA has a long-standing relationship with TRR, which offers a way for the MWA paddling community to share the gift of rivers with veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much.  MWA collaboration with TRR is an opportunity to welcome veterans into our paddling family.

TRR offers paddle sport experiences in pools, flat water, moving water, and whitewater.  These opportunities are local, regional, and national.  Veteran and non-veteran volunteers are always needed as planners, helpers, safety, instructors, cheerleaders / companions, shuttle, donors, etc.  The benefits of TRR include social support, finding emotional strength, and re-creating personal identity, as well as athletic activity and time in nature.

TRR pool sessions

All are welcome. Free for military service members and veterans. $10.00 per night for non-veteran.  Free if you are there to help instruct.  Call or text Tom in advance. People can come once or every week. Tom is an ACA L2 kayak instructor and is present weekly to assist. People can bring their own boat/gear.  Please wash it off at home. All need to electronically sign a waiver, WaiverSign. There are extra boats and gear if at the pool if you are new to the sport.

Other Events

To view TRR activities, see the TRR calendar (check Missouri),  OR FaceBook.

To get involved, send a message to the StL TRR Chapter Coordinator OR contact Tom Cooke,, 314-707-0150


Monetary donations, as well as new or gently used boating gear for adults and children gratefully accepted, and fully tax-deductible: boats (kayaks – recreational, white water, inflatable, and canoes), life jackets / personal flotation devices (PFD) all sizes, paddles, oars, spray skirts, boating helmets, airbags, dry bags, straps (for boat tie down), boating cloths (i.e. neoprene, splash jackets, etc.). We also welcome donations of snacks / food / drinks for use at our events, as well as donations of copies of fliers.

Team River Runner (TRR) is an independent, non-profit, national organization. TRR has adaptive equipment to assist participants with physical disAbilities.

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