The biggest and best canoe and kayak event in New England!
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, including the $5,000 Professional Flatwater Canoe Marathon, the 24-Mile Relay Race, and 19-, 9-, and 6-mile amateur races.
Races start in Dedham, Needham, Newton, and Brighton.
5,000 – 10,000 spectators line the riverbanks to watch the Run of the Charles.
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 Finish Line Festival.
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.