Blessing of the Bay, Somerville

Saturday, May 18th 2019

Online registration is closed but you can still join us for day of registration for the 5k or all paddling events (3 mile, 9 mile or 12 mile). Compete in both the paddling race and running race and be eligible for the Iron Herring Award! All events are held at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville.

Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. ‘Day of’ registration prices:
5K or Paddle event registration = $30
5K + Paddle event registration = $40

Photo Credit: David Mussina

Photo Credit: David Mussina

8:00AM Bib Pickup and Day-of Race Registration starts
9:00AM 5K run/walk starts (New Route-check out Map here)
11:00AM 12 mile paddling race starts (Map here)
11:15AM 9 mile paddling race (Map here) & Bike to the Sea bike ride starts
11:30AM 3 mile paddling race starts (Map here)

Learn more about boat rentals for the paddling races here.

Parking for the race will be at the Somerville Courthouse (175 Fellsway, Somerville, MA 02145); a shuttle bus will go between the Courthouse and Blessing of the Bay park from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. It is a short 1/2 mile to the start-see map here. Paddlers can drop off their boats in the Blessing of the Bay parking lot before proceeding to park at the courthouse.

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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.


Photo credits: David Mussina