Verlen Kruger (June 30, 1922 in Pulaski County, Indiana – August 2, 2004) was a canoe enthusiast who paddled over 100,000 mi (160,000 km) in his lifetime* In his lifetime, Verlen Kruger paddled the most miles (over 100,000 miles) of anyone in the sport. according to the Guinness Book of World Records, all the more remarkable because he did not start until age 41. Of particular note are the 29,341 km (18,232 mi) Two Continent Canoe Expedition and the 45,130 km (28,040 mi) Ultimate Canoe Challenge, the longest canoe journey ever.
A bronze statue of Kruger was erected on the banks of the Grand River in Portland, Michigan by family and friends in 2010.
- Peterson, Sr., Phil; Kruger, Verlen (2006). All Things Are Possible: The Verlen Kruger Story: 100,000 Miles by Paddle (Print). Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications. Inc. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-59193-138-6.
- Frentz, Brand; Kruger, Verlen (2004). The Ultimate Canoe Challenge: 28,000 Miles Through North America. iUniverse, Inc. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-595-66973-8.
- Klein, Clayton; Kruger, Verlen (1988). One Incredible Journey. Wilderness Adventure Books. ISBN 978-0-9611596-5-8.
Kruger, Verlen and Waddell, Clint. Never Before and Never Again: The Fantastic Story of Two Men Who Paddled and Portaged From Montreal to the Bering Sea (VHS) (Videotape). ASIN B002N393X2.
- canoekayakmag (August 9, 2004). "Obituary: Verlen Kruger Remembered". Canoe & Kayak. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
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