Saturday, May 18th 2019

Photo Credit: David Mussina

Photo Credit: David Mussina

Join over 400 runners and paddlers at the 23rd annual Mystic Herring Run and Paddle—a race for everyone! Select from the 5K road race and/or a three-Mile, nine-Mile, or twelve-Mile paddling races. Compete in both the paddling race and running race and be eligible for the Iron Herring Award!

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.

Event Details:

8:00AM Registration starts
9:00AM 5K run/walk starts
11:00AM 12 mile paddling race starts
11:15AM 9 mile paddling race & Bike to the Sea bike ride starts
11:30AM 3 mile paddling race starts

Learn more about boat rentals for the paddling races here.

Photo Credits: David Mussina

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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. The Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle celebrates this spectacular migration that runs from April-June each spring. For the past 22 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.