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Run of the Charles Registration Now Open

07 Feb 2013 6:14 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
The Run of the Charles on April 28, 2013, is the largest canoe and kayak race in New England, attracting over 1000 paddlers each year who participate in 6, 9, 19, and 24-mile races in canoes and kayaks.  It is put on by the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) to showcase the recreational potential of the Charles River and raise funds for the protection of the watershed in eastern Massachusetts.   

Women Outdoors fields a team for the 24-mile canoe relay race, which consists of 5 legs, each about 5 miles long.  Pairs of paddlers trade places in the boat as the racers paddle downstream and portage around a few dams (using portage wheels, of course!).  Each racer commits to ~3 hours at the river during the race, though you can make a whole day of following the paddlers down the river and join us for a picnic and victory party at the end.  

In the past two years, Women Outdoors has entered the only two teams in the Women's Division, and (surprisingly!) we walked away with 1st and 2nd prize each time.  Join the team for this year's race on Sunday April 28 and be part of the Women Outdoors victory.  There will be practice sessions in April to stretch the paddling muscles, though team members outside the Boston area often practice on their own. 

Team members contribute $20-30 toward the team registration fee.  In addition, we plan to field a crew for the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup 
on Saturday April 20.  The Women Outdoors crew had a blast at this event last year as they canoed down the river and through Motley Pond, piling their boats high with river trash.  You can sign up for the cleanup river paddle even if you aren't part of the race team.  More information on the race and cleanup event can be found athttp://www.crwa.org/.

To sign up, email Deb Weisenstein (dkweis@alum.mit.edu).

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