Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle Sunday May 16
- Join the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) for the 14th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on Sunday, May 16. The event includes a 5K road race or walk along the USATF certified course beside the Mystic River and a 3, 9 or 12 mile canoe or kayak race through Somerville, Medford and Arlington to the Mystic Lakes.
Participants may compete in the 5K race and 12 mile paddle race and be eligible for the Iron Herring Award for the top male and female with the fastest overall time. Teams of participants are encouraged, and many wonderful prizes have been donated by local establishments. Music, children's activities, and educational exhibits by local advocacy groups add to the festivities as well as food generously provided by Whole Foods Market of Medford.
In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil its annual Mystic River Report Card at 10:45AM. This presentation will be followed by a free boat demonstration by the Somerville Boys and Girls Club at 11:15 a.m. The boat demonstration is a great opportunity to get out on the Mystic River.
Celebrate the Mystic River and one of the largest alewife and herring migrations in the state! All race proceeds benefit the Mystic River Watershed Association.
Location: Sunday, May 16 at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive in Somerville
Time: 8 AM registration, 9 AM 5K starts, 10:30 AM paddle races start
Parking: Parking on Shore Drive is limited. Please park at the Somerville District Court located at 175 Fellsway W, Somerville. A shuttle bus will be provided from 8am to noon.
Boat Classes: Single Kayak, Single Racing Kayak, Double Kayak, Tandem Canoe (must meet 16% rule), Tandem Racing Canoe, Solo Canoe, Stand-Up and Prone Paddleboard (new this year!). Additional classes may be created based on registrations.
Register: Online at www.MysticRiver.org or day of the race at 8AM. Registration price is $20 for the 5K or paddle and $30 for both.
Join us as we highlight both the treasures of the Mystic River and the challenges facing the Mystic River Watershed.
This event is generously sponsored by Winchester Savings Bank, Charles River Canoe and Kayak, Exxon Mobil Pipeline, Gold's Gym, Distrigas of Massachusetts, Industrial Equipment Supply, Environmental Resources Management, Schnitzer Steel, Boston Line and Service Co., Inc. and Federal Realty Investment Trust.
For more information about the Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle and registration see www.MysticRiver.org or contact Beth Meserve, Outreach Coordinator at the Mystic River Watershed Association at Beth@... or 781-316-3438.