Saturday, May 18th 2019

“I think the Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle really brings together some of the best and most unique parts of Boston: the waterways and the tight-knit running community. Some of the biggest events here are the Head of the Charles and the Boston Marathon, but not many races can claim to combine the two... I could tell this race was really a grass-roots event—sponsored by local companies (with great prizes!)—and dedicated to protecting the natural resources (like the Mystic River) that make exercising outside in Boston so great.” —Scanner Cheung, winner of the 2018 Herring Run and Paddle’s Iron Herring Award
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.

5K or Paddle event registration = $25
5K + Paddle event registration = $35

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.

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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