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Oct 25
Friends of the Mystic River Annual Fall Cleanup, 9am-1pm
Condon Band Shell, Rt. 16, Medford

Oct 28
Wynn Resorts Presentation, 7PM
Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford

Nov 18
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8PM

Dec 2
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room



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

On a beautiful spring day more than 700 people came to the Mystic River to celebrate the return of the herring. The annual Herring Run and Paddle included a 5K run/walk race, three paddling races (3, 9, and 12 miles), educational booths, children's activities, and much more. New items this year included face painting, massages, temporary tattoos, drone aerial videography and both a fish car and fish bike! Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers who made the day possible. (See the list below!)

At the event MyRWA honored Mark Jacobson for 10 years of dedication to the Mystic River Watershed Association. 2014 marked the 10th year of the paddling races, much to his leadership and continued devotion.

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the Mystic River! We hope to see you at future events. Save the date for the 2015 Herring Run & Paddle: Sunday, May 17, 2015!

View 2014 race RESULTS here. Congratulations to Iron Herring winner (fastest overall combined time in the 5K and 12 mile paddle) Michael Melnikov!

PHOTOS by Arturo Gossage are here; additional photos are here. Aerial videography (drone) by Above Summit is here.

Provide feedback about the event here.


MyRWA would like to thank the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, City of Somerville, Arlington FitGirls, Somerville Road Runners, Bill Turville, Terry the Inventor Mentor, Gentle Giant Rowing Club, Elements Massage, Next Step Living, Viridian Energy and Dragonfly and Snail face-painting. The race Tshirt was designed by Eric Clement; the flyer illustration by Lenni Armstrong and design by Gwen Frankfeldt.

Photography generously provided by Arturo Gossage, Above Summit, Phyllis Norwood and Marceline Vilmont.



Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle from Above Summit on Vimeo.















Above Summit Photography

Boston Line and Service Co., Inc.

Boston Sand & Gravel Co.

Cabot Creamery

Cambridge Savings Bank

Copley Wolff Design Group

Darn Tough Vermont Socks

Dragonfly and Snail face-painting

Elements Massage

Homewood Suites By Hilton

Honest Tea



Saltmarsh Insurance Agency

Sports Authority

Terry the Inventor Mentor

The Amazing Jane Reinhardt

The Law Office of Michael A. Fager, (617)-666-6623

Winchester Savings Bank


And many wonderful prizes and services donated by:

13 Forest gallery, A Tavola Restaurant, Art Beat Creativity Store, Atlas Liquors, Balich 5 & 10, Beads by Beardslee, Belmont Wheelworks, Berman's Wine and Spirits, Bertucci's Brick Oven Restaurant, Bettina Lengsfeld Tailoring - 13mL designs, Bicycle Exchange, Big Picture Framing, Black Crow Yoga, Book Ends, Borealis Community Yoga, Boston Organics, Boston Red Sox, Boston Sports Club, Cambridge Wine and Spirits, Catch a Falling Star, Century Bank, Christopher's Restaurant and Bar, Colleen's Ice Cream & Sandwich, Darn Tough Vermont Socks, Dave's Fresh Pasta, Diva Indian Bistro, Elements Massage, Elephant Walk, Elizabeth Grady - Face First, FEI Theatres, Flatbread Pizza, Fusion Taste Restaurant, Gingerbread Construction Company, Grapevine Travelers, Greater Boston Running Company, Hair Say II, Harrow's Chicken Pies, Heights Barber Shop, Henry Bear's Park, Homewood Suites By Hilton, Hyatt Place Boston/Medford, Jimmy's Steer House, JP Licks, Kelly's Roast Beef, La Posada Restaurante, Lakota Bakery, Laura Morrissette - Dragonfly and Snail, LL Bean, Lucia Ristorante, Madrona Tree, Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, Massage Envy, Mela Indian Restaurant, Worldwide Wolverine Foundation, MG Fitness Center, MTI Adventurewear, Mystic Coffee Roaster, Mystic Wine Shoppe, New England Aquarium, New England Coffee, Nick & Lizzie's, North Water Paddlesports Equipment, Not Your Average Joe's, Orleans Bar and Restaurant, Orvis, Out of the Blue, Paint Box Picture Frame Shop, Pizzeria Regina, Quebrada Baking Co. & Coffee House, Rancantore's Ice Cream, Redbones Barbeque, Roland's Jewelry, Rudy's Café & Tequila Bar, Savino's Grill, Star Nails, StellaBella Toys, Subway, Symmetry Synergy Massage Therapy, Szechuan's Dumpling, Tango Restaurant, Teddie Peanut Butter, Tenoch Mexican Taqueria, The Book Rack, The Meat House, The Orange Hanger, Things We Love Beads, Tom Yum Koong, Trader Joe's, Tweet Tweet Toy Shop, Vincent's Barber Shop, Wedgwood-Crane & Connolly Insurance Agency, When Pigs Fly Bread, Worldwide Wolverine Foundation


Past Race Results




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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