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A Fun Finish for Local and International Paddlers in the 37th Annual Run of the Charles Premier Paddling Race
Weston, MA [April 29, 2019] -- On Sunday, The Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) hosted its 37th Annual Run of the Charles, Boston’s Premier Paddling Race, which finished with a lively Riverfest celebration at DCR’s Artesani/Herter Park and drew over 800 racers and spectators. Paddlers braved the high waters of the Charles to compete against local and international participants in newly designed courses, which include a 14-mile relay and 12-,6-, and 3-mile races.
The Run of the Charles was established as a way to show people that the Charles River is safe for recreation and encourage people to enjoy it. In recent years, the Charles River has received two grades of A- from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CRWA’s ongoing projects to protect and preserve the river include invasive plant removal, water quality monitoring, and advocating for nature-based solutions to stormwater runoff pollutants.
“The Run of the Charles is meant to celebrate the success we’ve had in making the Charles River swimmable and boatable,” said Emily Norton, executive director of CRWA. “There is much more work to do, especially as climate change brings increased threats to the river and its watershed communities, but the river is measurably cleaner and so we want people to take advantage of that.”
The top finishers of each course are as follows: New England Biolabs Mutants for the 14-mile relay race; Roberto Caesar-Hermundo Esquarez Flaniganico for the 12-mile race; Augustin Reboul for the 6-mile race; and Ben Wetherill for the 3-mile race. Other race results can be viewed at crwa.org/run-of-the-charles.
The Riverfest celebration included food from Amigos Locos food trucks, a Sam Adams beer garden, yard games with New England Revolution, a hands-on science demonstration by CRWA, raffle, and more.
The Run of the Charles sponsors include:
Charles River Watershed Association uses science, advocacy, urban design and education to promote resilient communities and a healthy river ecosystem. CRWA was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles River. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts that have dramatically improved the health of the Charles.