Run of the Charles - Charles River Watershed Association
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#RunOfTheCharles #RiverFest

Sunday, April 28, 2019


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Kick off the paddling season on April 28, 2019 with the 37th Run of the Charles: Boston's Premier Paddling Race. As CRWA's signature event, the Run of the Charles is the largest flat-bottomed boat race in New England and a major event in Greater Boston, where it draws 1,500 racers and thousands more spectators each year! Races start at various starting points along the Charles River from Dedham to Brighton.

Our goal this year for the Run of the Charles is to reduce its carbon footprint through some exciting new changes, which will allow for fewer portages and less shuttles between race points. We will also have an enhanced RiverFest celebration at the finish line!

New this year:

In an effort to produce a more sustainable event, we are making improvements! Please review the race description, paddler information, and boat specifications in the registration packet carefully.

  • New course lengths! 14-mile relay and 12-, 6-, and 3-mile races.
  • We are going paper-free! The racebook has been combined with registration packets. You can find the race map below.
  • Paddleboards and kayaks are now able to compete in the relay. Therefore, teams can be made up of 5 paddlers on single-person watercraft OR 10 paddlers on 2-person watercraft. 
  • RiverFest will host paddlers at tables under a large tent and have a taco truck, live music, river games, raffle and a Harpoon beer garden! There will also be opportunities for family fishing and canoeing.
  • Chairs, tables and tents will not be provided for vendors.
  • No contract is needed for picnic space, although all paddlers are encouraged to use the RiverFest tent.
2019 Race Details
Participate in Run of the Charles: Boston's Premier Paddling Race

Run of the Charles Race Schedule

14-Mile Relay
Pre-race meeting 
First leg start
12-Mile Races
Pre-race meeting
Race start
6-Mile Races
Pre-race meeting
Race start
3-Mile Races
Pre-race meeting
Race start

We invite pro-paddlers to join in the 14 mile race where we will start all pro-paddlers in the first heat to give you the opportunity to train and compete with your peers.

Boat Rental


Watch the race from the free RiverFest at the finish line, at DCR's Artesani/Herter Park. The festival kicks off at 12:00 pm and features live music, raffles, and vendors. All of the races end at RiverFest.

2018 Run of the Charles Race Results

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Photos © John Mazzotta

2018 Race Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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  • Paddle Boston
  • ESP

Bronze Sponsors

  • New England BioLabs


Supporting Sponsor

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  • Bergmeyer
  • BRA
  • CDM Smith
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Tetra Tech

Contributing Sponsor

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  • Inter-Fluve

In Kind Sponsors

  • Dedham Medical Associates
  • Moseley's on the Charles
  • Kind
  • Costco
  • Midlife Crisis Band

Show your support for Run of the Charles with a sponsorship. For more information download the sponsorship packet or contact Tani Marinovich.

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