North & South Rivers Watershed Association

2018 Great River Race

Saturday, August 11th, 2018 11:00 am–1:00 pm

GREAT RIVER RACE CANCELLED – After conferring with the authorities, we have decided to cancel the Great River Race. With the threat of severe weather and flash flooding, the risk is too great. We are very disappointed, as I’m sure you are, but your safety is our top priority. You can pick up your shirt at the race start this morning until 10:45 am or Monday at our office. Thank you for your support. The money you donated goes directly to important programs that support our mission.

IndieFerm, one of our Great River Race sponsors, will honor the FREE Beer or Kumbucha to anyone registered for the Great River Race at their taproom all weekend ((127 Camelot Drive, Plymouth). Just show your proof of registration. Thanks IndieFerm!

Come join us on the North River and experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Massachusetts. This awesome 7.5 mile race starts at Bridge Street Canoe Launch in Norwell and ends at Indian Head Road in Hanover. Get competitive and race your friends, or take it at your pace and enjoy this outstanding view of the river. All skill levels, from novice to racer, are invited to take part in the race and all ages are welcome (Participants age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult).  Any type of non-motorized water craft is eligible to enter the Race – even stand-up paddle boards! There is also the “Best Decorated Boat or Boater” division for the less serious, but creative paddler.

Registration begins at 9:00am and ends at 10:30am. The race begins at 11:00am.
If not pre-registered, please arrive by 9:30am. The starting line is at the Bridge Street Canoe launch in Norwell. The finish line is at the Washington Street Bridge (7.5 miles from the Launch). Take out is at the Hanover Canoe Launch.

Join our fundraising team to bring more kids out onto the water. As a FundRacer, with a minimum goal of $150, your registration fee is waived. Become a FundRacer.
This year we are offering electronic registration as well as paper registration. Click here to register online.
All participants must have a signed waiver to participate in the race.
Sign Adult Waiver here.     Sign Minor Waiver here.

Life jackets are required and must be worn throughout the race or you will be disqualified.
To download paper registration form and waivers click here.
 Or arrive early for day of registration.

This year’s Great River Race is $55 for the first participant per craft. Each additional participant on the same craft is $10. Each registration includes the very collectible Great River Race T-shirt and waiver fee. Additional T-shirts will be available for purchase after the race. Day of race registration is $60/$15. In the event of a severe weather cancellation there will be no rain date or refund, you will receive your collectible event T-shirt.

Rowing (Sliding Seat Single), Rowing (Fixed Seat Double), Rowing (Fixed Seat Single), Stand Up Paddle Board (Men), Stand Up Paddle Board (Women), Racing Kayak, Kayak Single (Men), Kayak Single (Women), Kayak Double (All), Canoe Double (Men), Canoe Double (Women), Canoe Double (Mixed M/F), Canoe Family (At least 1 child under age 16), Canoe Single, Senior Division 65+, Best Decorated Boat or Boater

Transportation will be offered, free of charge, from the take out point to the racers’ vehicles after the race from 12:30-3:00pm.

After the race, join us as the fun continues at Luddam’s Ford Park (just a short walk from the takeout). The party will start at 1:00pm with awards given at 2pm. Awards will be given in each category. There will be FREE hotdogs, ice cream, music, kids activities, plus a FREE IndieFerm beer or Kombucha for participants.

Click here to see a map of the race start, finish and after party.





Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Bond Printing & Marketing, Coastal Heritage Bank, Indie Ferm, The Jevne Team, Black Pond Veterinary Service, CMC Design Build, Inc., East Computing, Lynch, Marini and Associates, Inc.,  Riverside Landscaping, Rockland Trust,  Bayside Marine, L. Knife & SonAlvin Hollis, Boston Bowl Hanover, Clearwater Recovery, Horsley Witten Group, Hubbard Plumbing & Heating, Inter-Fluve, Rand Handy Oil, Woodland Contracting Corp, Charles River Recreation, Ivas EnvironmentalJC’s Ice CreamMorse Engineering,

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