Celebrate the Mystic River and one of the largest herring migrations in the state!

Join the Mystic River Watershed Association for the 21st Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on Saturday, May 20. The event includes a 5K road race (run/walk) along the USATF certified course beside the Mystic River and a 3, 9 or 12 mile canoe or kayak race through Somerville, Medford and Arlington to the Mystic Lakes. 

Participants may compete in the 5K race and 12 mile paddle race and be eligible for the Iron Herring Award for the top male and female with the fastest overall time. Teams of participants are encouraged, and many wonderful prizes have been donated by local establishments. Music, children’s activities, and educational exhibits by local advocacy groups add to the festivities. At 11:15AM Bike to the Sea will lead an hour-long bicycle tour along existing paths on both sides of the Mystic River through Somerville and Medford.

Come to the river and run, walk or paddle for the fish! 


What: Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Location: DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00AM Registration and bib pick-up begins

  • 9:00AM 5K run/walk begins

  • 11:00AM 12 mile paddling race begins

  • 11:15AM 9 mile paddling race begins; Bike to the Sea bicycle tour departs

  • 11:30AM 3 mile paddling race begins

Parking: Parking on Shore Drive is limited. Please park at the Somerville District Court located at 175 Fellsway W, Somerville. A free shuttle bus will be provided from 7:30am to 2pm.

Boat Rental: Charles River Canoe & Kayak will deliver the boat or board to the race for you. Call Mark at 617-965-5110 or see http://paddleboston.com/rentals/events/mystic-river-herring-run-race/ to reserve a boat.

Register: Online at www.MysticRiver.org or day of the race at 8AM.  Registration price is $25 for the 5K or paddle and $35 for both before midnight on Thursday, May 18th.  Day of race registration is $30 and $40 respectively.

Join us as we highlight both the treasures of the Mystic River and the challenges facing the Mystic River Watershed.

This event is generously sponsored by:

PLATINUM SPONSORS: Whole Foods Market and Wynn Boston Harbor

GOLD SPONSORS: Assembly Row, Biogen Idec, Charles River Canoe and Kayak/Paddle Boston, Community Credit Union, Diversified Automotive, Inc., Exelon Power, The Uniquely Marvelous Jane Reinhardt, Preotle, Lane and Associates, Rockland Trust

SILVER SPONSORS: Copley Wolff Design Group, Distrigas/ENGIE, Fit In New England, Gentle Giant Rowing Club, GZA, Law Office of Michael A. Fager, Leader Bank, Legal Sea Foods, Modera Medford, Mystic River Engineering, The Bulfinch Group, Tufts University, UCANE

BRONZE SPONSORS: Boston Sand and Gravel Co., Horsley Witten Group, Inc., MTI Adventurewear, North Water Paddlesports Equipment, Patagonia, P. T. Kelley Inc., Saltmarsh Insurance Agency, The Flatley Company

Additional support from: A Tavola Restaurant, Arlington Bait and Tackle, Atlas Liquors, Bai drinks, Belmont Wheelworks, Berman’s  Wine and Spirits, Bertucci’s Brick Oven Restaurant, Boda Borg, Book Ends, Boston Red Sox, Capitol Movie Theater, Christopher’s Restaurant and Bar, Darn Tough Vermont Socks, Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Dunkin’ Donuts, Flatbread Pizza, Hair Say II, Harrow’s Chicken Pies, JP Licks, Kelly’s Roast Beef, La Posada Restaurante, Lakota Bakery, Magic Bites, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, Massage Envy, Mystic Coffee Roaster, Pairings Wine and Food, Pizzeria Regina, Quebrada Baking Co. & Coffee House, Rancantore’s Ice Cream, Reading Cooperative Bank, Real Gusto Restorante & Pizzeria, Redbones Barbeque, REI, Roland’s Jewelry, Rudy’s Café & Tequila Bar, Scoopalooza Creamery, Short Path Distillery, Starbucks, Tango Restaurant, Teddie Peanut Butter, Trader Joe’s, Wedgwood Crane and Connolly Insurance Agency, Inc., When Pigs Fly Bread, Worldwide Wolverine Foundation

All race proceeds benefit the Mystic River Watershed Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

 For more information about the Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle see www.MysticRiver.org or contact Beth MacBlane, Outreach and Communications Director at the Mystic River Watershed Association at Beth@MysticRiver.org or 781-316-3438.