Every year about 1,500 people compete in the 2011 Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race and anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 spectators come to watch and enjoy the activities at the finish line festival. Admission is free for all spectators and it is a family-friendly event. All proceeds benefit the Charles River Watershed Association and their efforts to keep the Charles River clean and safe for all.
WHAT: The 29th anniversary of the Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2011 First race check-in at 8:30 AM. Races continuing all daylong. Concluding at approximately 4:30 PM at DCR’s Artesani Park.
WHERE: On the Charles River, with races starting in Dedham, Needham, Newton, and Allston. All races finish at DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton where race fans and families gather to enjoy the free Finish Line Festival.
WHO: 1,500 canoe and kayak enthusiasts, professional, amateur, and recreational, from throughout the US and Canada, ages 12 and up, compete in a variety of races, including the$5,000 Professional Flat water Canoe Marathon, the 24-Mile Relay Race, and 19-, 9-, and 6-mile races. 5,000 – 10,000 spectators line the riverbanks to watch the Run of the Charles.
FEATURING: Corporate and college team challenges Family fun at the Finish Line Festival –highlighted this year with participants and spectators getting the opportunity to make history by setting the Guinness World Record for “Most People Throwing Rubber Chickens at the Same Time”
ADMISSION: FREE admission to the Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park. Race entry fees range from $35- $55 per individual to $350 - $400 per relay race team.