JP Residents Participating in Boston’s Premier Paddling Race

Local Jamaica Plain paddlers are participating in the Charles River Watershed Association’s (CRWA) 35th Annual Run of the Charles — Boston’s premier padding Race on April 30th.

Paddlers prepare for the start of the 24-mile relay.

The race attracts thousands of spectators and over 1,200 participants to celebrate the ongoing improvements of the Charles River and enjoy a fun day on the river full of entertainment and friendly competition.

The following Jamaica Plain residents are scheduled to participate:

Matthew Dwyer and Alexis Holmdal are entered in the 24-mile race in the corporate division.

Casey Fedde is entered the 24-mile race in the mixed division.

Denise Breiteneicher and Joshua Das is entered in the 24-mile race in the government division.

Monica Briggs and Stef Komorowski are entered in the 24-mile race in the women division.

Participants are coming from all around the country, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas. The Run of the Charles welcomes racers with a huge range of skill level — from beginner to expert. Paddlers from across the US enjoy the 19-mile, 9-mile, and 6-mile events, while many corporate teams test their out-of-office teamwork in the 24-mile relay race.

The fun doesn’t stop with the races. The Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park in Brighton offers a range of entertainment for spectators and participants of all ages, free of charge. Paddlers and spectators can enjoy live music by featured band Mid Life Crisis — kick back and enjoy some oldies, classic rock, Motown and R&B. Vendors will be on site as well showcasing their products and talents. With a playground for the kids, free entertainment for all ages, and several options for delicious food, it’s a celebration you won’t soon forget.

Gold Sponsors of the Run of the Charles: Boston’s Premier Paddling Race include Boston Duck Tours, Charles River Apparel, Charles River Canoe & Kayak, ESP Solutions and Wicked Local. Whole Foods is a Silver Sponsor and New England BioLabs is a Bronze Sponsor. Supporting Sponsors include BR+A, CDM Smith, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Horsley Witten Group, KIND Snacks, L.L. Bean, Rack Attack, and Tetra Tech.

The Charles River Watershed Association is a research and advocacy organization that works to protect and restore the Charles River and its watershed. Through programs they develop science-based solutions for water resource issues that not only restore the Charles, but also help communities adapt to climate change and promote public access to parks and open space.

For more information on registration, becoming a volunteer, or any other aspect of the race, please call 508-698-6810 or email rotc@crwa.org or visit www.charlesriver.org.