The Run of the Charles on Sunday, April 24, 2016, 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 several 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.
Women Outdoors has entered teams in the Women's Division in each of the past 5 years, and won prizes each time. Join the team for this year's race on Sunday April 24 and be part of the Women Outdoors victory. Each team member contributes $25 (WO member) or $35 (non-member) toward the team registration fee. Women Outdoors National covers the balance of the registration fee for the team.
There will be practice sessions in April to stretch the paddling muscles, though team members outside the Boston area often practice on their own.
To sign up, email team captains Deb (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Judi (email@example.com), or use the EasternMA Meetup page.