17th Annual MYSTIC RIVER HERRING RUN AND PADDLE
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - Run, Walk, or Paddle for the Fish!
Race RESULTS here. Congratulations to Iron Herring winners Michael Melnikov and Constance Brichford!! (fastest overall in the 5K race and 12 mile paddle)
The 17th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle was held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 and was a terrific success - the largest Herring Run and Paddle yet with 434 runners and 116 paddlers, not to mention the many cyclists and spectators! Many thanks to all the racers, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors in making this event possible!
A Special Thank You To:
- Eric Clement for designing this year's T-shirt
- Gwen Frankfeldt for designing this year's flyer
- Terry Murray for providing free bubbling stations for kids of all ages! (www.terrytheinventormentor.com)
- Whole Foods Market of Medford, Starbucks, Honest Tea, Stonyfield Yogurt, and Dunkin' Donuts for their donations!
- Photographers Arturo Gossage, Erik Kruthoff Photography, Tom Hazeltine, and Jovan Tanasijevic
- Arlington Fit Girls!
...and save the date for the 18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on Sunday, May 18, 2014!
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS IN 2013!
The Law Office of Michael A. Fager (617-666-6623)
Generous Donations Provided By:
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.
Past Race Results
- 2012 road and paddle race results
- 2011 road and paddle race results
- 2010 road race results; 2010 paddle race results
- 2009 road race results; 2009 paddle 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.