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 spectators each year!
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.
Run of the Charles Race Schedule
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.
Watch the race from the free Finish Line Festival at DCR's Artesani/Herter Park. This year, savory mexican tacos, bowls, and salads will be available from the Amigos Locos American Cantina Food Truck, and those of age will have the opportunity to enjoy a Sam Adams beer garden! Lunch is available for preorder; prices are lower in advance.
As part of CRWA's initiative to increase accessibility to the Charles River, we are hosting canoe lessons for families at the Finish Line Festival. There will also be face painting, yard games, a raffle, and much more!
The Finish Line Festival will be hosted by emcee and DJ Kim Collins, Boston's #1 Female DJ!
Show your support for Run of the Charles with a sponsorship. For more information download the sponsorship packet or contact Madison Wolters.