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July 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Online registration ended Friday, July 12 at 12:00 noon. Day of race (Saturday July 13) registration begins at 8:00am and ends at 9:00am. The race begins at 9:30am. See you on the river! 

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.

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

The Great River Race is conducted in partnership with the ACA.


Our own Watershed Ecologist, Dr. Sara Grady is going to Swim for Clean Water in a one-of-a-kind swim upstream with the tide on the only scenic protected river in our state!  The swim starts at 6:30 a.m.  She will be swimming the 7.5 mile course which is expected to take 3-3.5 hours. She has done this before, once in  2009, and again in 2014. Please support Sara Swim for Clean Water!

Click here to support Sara!



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.


Registration begins at 8:00am and ends at 9:00am. The race begins at 9:30am.
If not pre-registered, please arrive no later than 8:30am. 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.


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 11:00am-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 12:00pm with awards given around 1:00pm. Awards will be given in each category. There will be FREE hotdogs and ice cream, music, kids activities, plus a FREE IndieFerm beer or Kombucha for participants.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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July 13, 2019
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
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North and South Rivers Watershed Association
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