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FW: [MyRWA] Herring Run & Paddle May 17, 2009

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    Officer Patrick Johnston Everett Police-Marine Unit 617-905-3747 Register Now for the 13th AnnualHerring Run & PaddleRun, Walk, or Paddle for the Fish!Enjoy
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 30, 2009



      Officer Patrick Johnston
      Everett Police-Marine Unit


      Register Now for the 13th Annual

Herring Run & Paddle

Run, Walk, or Paddle for the Fish!
Enjoy the Mystic River in this urban jewel setting
Register at active.com by May 1st for your Herring Run T-Shirt

MyRWA is pleased to announce the 13th Annual 
Herring Run and Paddle on 
Sunday, May 17th at 9am. 
                                 Register now at active.com

Run on a flat, fast, USATF certified course along the Mystic River bike path, dashing past thousands of herring returning from the ocean to the Mystic. If running isn’t your style, hop in your canoe or kayak and follow the herring up the river toward the Mystic Lakes, along a 3- or 12-mile course. Compete in both races and be eligible for the Iron Herring award for the fastest overall time in the 5K road race and the 12-mile paddle. 

Pre-register at active.com by May 1st to receive a Mystic River Herring Run t-shirt. (T-shirts are not guaranteed for day-of race entrants.) 

All proceeds benefit MyRWA, so please support this FUN-RAISER by signing up today!

For more details, please visit mysticriver.org or active.com (search Mystic)

Sunday May 17, 2009, 9 a.m.
Annual Herring Run and Paddle
DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse
32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA

Join us one and all.  There’s fun for all ages:

Age Groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Team Divisions (3 persons):  Male, Female, Mixed
Fabulous prizes donated by local businesses for top three overall female and male 
athletes; first place age groups and team finishes.
Run As A Team: Form a team of 3 or more co-workers, family or friends.  
Team members should submit individual forms.


Historically, herring and other anadromous fish were plentiful in New England and provided an inexpensive source of protein for early colonists. These fish were harvested during the spring run and were either smoked or preserved in brine. In time, other uses for the fish were developed; fish oils for paint, cosmetics and medicine, fish waste for livestock feed and fertilizer, and bait in lobster and crab traps.  Although these historic uses for herring are not as viable today, herring are highly valued and actively sought for recreational fishing bait. They also play an important role in the ecology of the marine, estuarine and freshwater systems that they inhabit. This role is chiefly as a prey species for important food and game fish species as well as for a wide variety of coastal birds such as eagles, ospreys, herons and the currently endangered roseate tern. Today, many of the herring runs in Massachusetts support only a fraction of their estimated historical populations. Reduced herring populations can be caused by a number of factors including physical obstructions to migration, over-fishing, poor water quality, or inadequate spawning habitat.  

Support MyRWA and the Herring in the Annual Run & Paddle!  

Register now at: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1696364


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