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Run of the Charles: Boston's Premier Paddling Race
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Run of the Charles: Boston's Premier Paddling Race

When: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Where: 38 Mechanic Street
Foxboro, Massachusetts 
United States
Contact: Meg Rivett

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WHAT: The biggest and best canoe and kayak event in New England!
The 34th anniversary of the Run of the Charles: Boston’s Premier Paddling Race celebrates the Charles River Watershed Association’s 51 years of improvements to the health, beauty and enjoyment of the Charles River and its tributaries.

First race check-in at 8:30 AM. Races continuing all day long. Concluding at approximately 4:30 PM at DCR’s Artesani Park.

WHERE: On the Charles River, with races starting in Dedham, Needham, Newton, and Brighton. All races finish at DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton where race fans and families gather to enjoy a day of music, refreshments, exhibits, raffle drawings, picnics and awards at the free Finish Line Festival.

WHO: Over 1,200 canoe and kayak enthusiasts, professional, amateur, and recreational, from throughout the US and Canada, ages 12 and up, compete in a variety of races, the 24-Mile Relay Race, and 19-, 9-, and 6-mile amateur races.

FEATURING: Corporate and college team challenges. Family fun at the Finish Line Festival with food, live music and post-race picnics.

ADMISSION: FREE admission to the Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park. Race entry fees range from $35 - $55 per individual to $350 - $400 per relay race team. 

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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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