40th Annual Run of the Charles Coming in April, Register to Participate or Volunteer

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The Charles River Watershed Association announced that the Run of the Charles, Boston’s Premier Paddling Event, will be held Saturday, April 27, 2024. The CRWA provided the following information.

Race Information

The Run of the Charles: Boston’s Premier Paddling Race is the biggest paddling race in New England, celebrating its 40th race anniversary and the Charles River Watershed Association’s 50+ years of improvements to the health, beauty and enjoyment of the Charles River and its tributaries.

Over 500 paddlers throughout the U.S., ages 12 and up, compete in the 3-, 6-, 9-mile and 14-Mile Relay Race. Races start in Newton and Brighton and finish at DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. The Finish Line Festival will offer a range of entertainment for spectators and participants of all ages, free of charge.

Run of the Charles Participants paddle along the Charles River. The event returns April 24, 2024.

Paddlers and spectators can enjoy live music from Mid Life Crisis. MLC is a party band with an extensive song list from the ‘60s to today!  Rock, alternative, country and lots of party favorites.  There will also be food trucks, company picnics and other vendors to keep spectators entertained while they wait for the races to finish.  

Visit www.charlesriver.org/rotc for more information about the Run on of the Charles. Click here to register.


Have a great day while helping the Charles River Watershed Association! Volunteer for the Run of the Charles: Boston’s Premier Paddling Race on Boston’s historic Charles River. Volunteer tasks include check-in/registration, boat spotting, and safety. There are several different sites with varying time commitments. Please call 508-498-8020 or visit www.crwa.org/events/runofthecharles to sign up.

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