Local Wayland Paddlers Among Early Entries in CRWA’s Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race

Chris Chappell and Philip Schneider of Wayland, MA have registered for the Charles River Watershed Association’s (CRWA) 30th Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2012. The Race, which celebrates the ongoing improvements of the Charles River, draws approximately 1,500 paddlers and thousands of spectators to enjoy a day on the river full of fun and festivities.  Chappell is entered in the Open Category of the 6-Mile Race. Schneider is entered in the Mixed Category of the 9-Mile Race.

The Race features paddling races for all skill levels, from expert to beginner.  The $5,000 Professional Flatwater Canoe Marathon draws elite paddlers from across the United States and Canada while the 24-Mile Relay Race attracts many corporate teams ready for a great bonding experience. Along with those events, the 19-Mile, 9-Mile, and 6-Mile races bring out recreational paddlers ranging in age from 11 to 80! 

The race’s Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park in Brighton is free to all racers and spectators and hosts day-long entertainment with live music from Wayland band Mid Life Crisis, where you will hear some Oldies, Classic Rock, Motown, R&B and New Wave.  Vendors will be on site to showcase their products and talents, all kinds of food will be for sale and there is also a playground for children of all ages to use.   Bring your family and spend the day! 

Sponsors of the Run of the Charles include Boston Duck Tours, GateHouse Media, Charles River Canoe and Kayak, Weston Solutions, New England Biolabs, Keewaydin Foundation, GenOn, SignArt, Tetra Tech EC, Inc. and CDM. 

The Charles River Watershed Association is a non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing the health, beauty and accessibility of the Charles River and its tributaries and watersheds.  Every government and private stakeholder in the watershed knows CRWA’s advocacy for environmental protection. The work of CRWA encompasses all 80 miles of the Charles River, which meanders through 35 eastern Massachusetts towns and cities within the 308 square miles of the Charles River watershed.  CRWA’s successes have led many organizations across the country to emulate its science methods and watershed management models. 

Registration remains available up to and including race day, but it is recommended that racers register now to avoid late fees!  For more information on registration, becoming a volunteer, or any other aspect of the race, please call (508) 698-6810, e-mail rotc@crwa.org or visit www.charlesriver.org.

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