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

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Thanks to all of our participants! Looking forward to next year. View race results here.

Access more photos from the event here. If the photo you use is located in a folder with a name, please use that name as a photo credit. If you would like higher resolution, please email


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! 

Read the 2019 recap!

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 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!

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!

Run of the Charles Race Results

Image Gallery

Photos © John Mazzotta

2019 Race Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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  • Paddle Boston


Silver Sponsors





 Bronze Sponsors

New England BioLabs CDM Smith

Supporting Sponsors

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Contributing Sponsors



In Kind Sponsors

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

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