Run of the Charles

Saturday, April 27th, 2024

rotc-start-300hRegister for the Run of the Charles and Join hundreds of paddlers in canoe and kayak races for everyone — 3, 6 or 9 mile distances or shorter legs in the 14-mile relay race, all ending at the Finish Line Festival with food, music, prizes, and displays.

Celebrate the continuing improvements to Boston’s historic Charles River by taking part in this community event.

Visit the Charles River Watershed Association for Run of the Charles race rules, terms, and registration information.

Reservations are Required

Reserve a Boat Here

Boat Rental Rates Price
Kevlar Canoe (~45 lbs.) $120
Royalex Canoe (~65 lbs.) $95
Royalex Solo Canoe (~35 lbs.) $72
Std. 17-Foot Canoe (~83 lbs.) $88
Tripper Canoe (~100 lbs. Seats 5 adults) $120
Surf Ski / Composite/Racing Single Kayak $72
Plastic Single Kayak $64
Composite Double Kayak $96
Plastic Double Kayak $88
Stand-Up Paddleboard (SIC Sonic 12’6) $72

* Season pass holders: Enter your pass number when making the reservation to receive a 20% discount. Reservations are required. 

If you are registered for the 3 or 6 mile races, your boat will be pickup up at our Boston Rental Dock.  You will then paddle it about 1/8th of a mile upstream to the race start line. You will return your boat at the Herter Park finish line.

If you are registered for the 9 mile race or 14 mile relay, you will pick up your boat at our Newton Rental Dock. Public parking and race registration is directly across the river at the Norembega parking lot. You will return your boat at the Herter Park finish line.

Reserve a Boat Here

Video by Interlock Media.

Registration/Cancellation Policy for Run of the Charles Rentals

  • Reservations are required for all Run of the Charles race rentals. No day-of-race rentals will be available.
  • All rentals for the Run of the Charles will be processed through our online reservation system.
  • The rental fee is refundable up to 7 days before the race, less a 10% reservation fee. If cancellation of the rental occurs with less than one week's notice, the rental fee is forfeited.
  • In the event the race is cancelled, we will refund the rental fee less a 10% registration fee.
  • Your credit card number will be held as a deposit. Renters are responsible for all damage beyond normal wear and tear.
  • Each person who will use the boat during the race must sign a waiver and release of liability. Download the release from our web site and distribute it to your team members so you can turn in the completed forms when you pick up your boat.
  • Rentals includes one paddle and life jacket per paddler (two per canoe or double kayak; one per single kayak). Additional paddles and life jackets may be added during the reservation process.
  • All paddlers will be required to wear a life jacket at all times while on the water.
  • The availability of specific kayak models is limited. Call (617) 965-5110 to discuss availability of specific kayaks, including racing kayaks. Requests for specific boat models are not guaranteed until we confirm.
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