Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle Run, Walk or Paddle for the fish!

 The Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle consists of a 5K Run/Walk (USATF certified course) along the Mystic River Bike Path at 9am and a 3, 9 or 12 mile Paddling Race up the Mystic River beginning at 11am. Compete in both the 5K and 12 mile paddle races and be eligible for the Iron Herring Award. Fabulous prizes are donated by local businesses. If racing isn’t your thing, come cheer on the racers and enjoy the day’s festivities! Register here. Online registration closes at NOON on Friday; you can register on race day beginning at 8am.

Schedule of events for Sunday, May 15: 

• 8:00 am Registration begins

• 9:00 am 5K run/walk begins

• 11:00 am 12 mile paddling race begins

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

• 11:30 am 3 mile paddling race begins


Location and Parking:

All festivities are located at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA. On-street parking is available (although limited) with additional parking at the Somerville District Courthouse, 175 Fellsway, and a shuttle bus is provided from 7:30 am to 2 pm.


Boat rentals are available! Do you want to paddle but don’t have a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard? Charles River Canoe & Kayak will deliver the boat or board to the race for you. Click here for details and to reserve a boat.
VOLUNTEERS are still needed & make the day possible! Please contact Beth to get involved.


Please join us to celebrate the return of the herring to the

Mystic River! Don’t delay – register today.

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