31st Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race
- 12:00 am on Sunday, April 28, 2013
- DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Boston
The 31st annual Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race, which benefits the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013. This is the largest canoe and kayak event in New England and is open to all levels of paddlers. The Run of the Charles hosts approximately 1,500 racers including professional, amateur, and recreational competitors, ages 12 and up, to compete in a variety of races. The races wind through the suburban countryside to Boston’s famous urban river park. The races range from 6 to 24 miles and include relays and a Professional Canoe Marathon. Elite paddlers can compete in the 26-Mile Professional Flat-water Canoe Marathon which awards $5,000 prize money! Shorter-distance canoe and kayak races are also popular, including the 6-mile, 9-mile, and 19-mile races. The 6-mile race hosts the broadest range of experience levels, with juniors ages 12 and up racing alongside seniors in their 60s and 70s. The public is welcome to join in on race day to celebrate Boston’s Charles River at the free Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Boston. The Finish Line Festival features food, live music, awards, outdoor sports demonstrations, and post-race picnics. Businesses and organizations also use this event for post-race gatherings, building team spirit.