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April 26
Mystic Community Earth Day events throughout watershed!
MyRWA Earth Day Cleanup with KEEN Footwear, 9AM, Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville 

May 6
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room
*Presentation by MyRWA on water chestnut plan for 2014

May 13
Flatbread Pizza Doughraiser, 5-11PM
Flatbread Pizza, 45 Day Street, Somerville

May 18
Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle, 8AM registration, 9AM 5K start, 11AM paddling races start
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville

May 20
Friends of the Malden River Meeting, 6:30-8PM
Malden Public Library, Maccario Room, 36 Salem St, Malden

 

18th Annual MYSTIC RIVER HERRING RUN AND PADDLE 

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Run, Walk, or Paddle for the Fish!

The annual Herring Run and Paddle includes a 5K run/walk race, three paddling races (3, 9, and 12 miles), educational booths, children's activities, and more. All events are held at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville. The 5K course continues along the Mystic River bike path and through DCR Torbert MacDonald Park. There are no street crossings on this flat course.

Register online through RaceMenu or mail in this registration form to MyRWA, 20 Academy St, Suite 306, Arlington, MA 02476. RSVP and share the event on Facebook!


EVENT DETAILS

When: Sunday, May 18, 2014
8:00AM Registration starts
9:00AM 5K run/walk starts
9:10AM Youth 5K run/walk start - including Arlington FitGirls
11:00AM 12 mile paddling race starts
11:15AM 9 mile paddling race starts & Bike to the Sea Mystic bike tour departs (bring your own bike)
11:30AM 3 mile paddling race starts

Where:
DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA 02145.
On-street parking is available (although limited) with additional parking at the Somerville District Courthouse, 175 Fellsway, and a free shuttle bus is provided from 7:30AM - 2PM.

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. Additional classes may be created based on registrations. View the paddling map here.

Boat Reservations: Do you want to paddle but don't have a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard? Charles River Canoe & Kayak will deliver the boat or board to the race for you. Call Mark at 617-965-5110 or click here for details and to reserve a boat.

Download the flyer here!

Co-sponsored by the City of Somerville. Thank you to the Arlington FitGirls and Somerville Road Runners for your support.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Get your company's name and logo on the race website, T-shirt and included in all promotional materials! In-kind donations of items for race prizes are also encouraged. Your tax-deductible sponsorship covers race expenses and supports this fun community event. Click here for sponsorship information.

 

VOLUNTEER!

There's a lot to do and volunteers make this event a success! Email Beth to find out more and get involved, or fill out this volunteer form.


 

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS IN 2014!

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SILVER SPONSORS

Boston Line and Service Co., Inc.

Cambridge Savings Bank

Copley Wolff Design Group

Darn Tough Vermont Socks

Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC

REI

Saltmarsh Insurance Agency

Sports Authority

The Law Office of Michael A. Fager

Winchester Savings Bank

 

 

Past Race Results

 

 

DID YOU KNOW HERRING IS A TYPE OF FISH?

There are two types of herring in the Mystic River Watershed: Alewife Herring (Alosa pseudoharengus) and Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis). Herring spend their lives in the ocean except when they swim upstream to lay their eggs, or spawn, in rivers such as the Mystic River. The Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle celebrates the return of this anadromous species to the Mystic River each spring. In the past, millions of herring swam through the Mystic, but their numbers have dropped considerably due to offshore fishing, pollution and the building of dams on the river.  But no matter what hurdles they face, the fish keep returning year after year.  For the past 16 years, local residents have been running along the banks and paddling up the river to show their support of the river and the tenacious herring and alewives that call it home. MyRWA also runs a Herring Monitoring Program that counts the returning herring each spring.

 

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