August 1 - August 31

Paddle the 30th Annual Virtual Great River Race and Help Keep the NSRWA Afloat!

This summer, to honor our commitment to protect our local waters while prioritizing the health and safety of our paddlers, staff and volunteers, the NSRWA is making a change to the annual Great River Race. This year’s virtual format is designed to support social distancing and safety, while letting everyone enjoy the river and have fun!

Whether you register to participate as a paddler or join us as a FundRacer to paddle while raising funds for the NSRWA, you are supporting clean waters and healthy rivers!

Funds raised through the Great River Race directly support NSRWA’s youth environmental education programs. Our programs are the perfect way for children to fall in love with and protect local natural treasures, especially our waters. Help us to get more children outdoors, to explore tidal pools and salt marshes and have an experience they’ll never forget!

There will be 2 courses to choose from and you can submit your race times throughout the month of August.  Cost to participate in this year’s race is $50 per boat or registration is FREE for those FundRacers who raise a minimum of $150!

Click here to register

Click here to become a FundRacer – It’s easy and we give you all the tools you’ll need!

Map of the Virtual Great River Race

Make a Donation to Support Our Environmental Education Programs

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Racers get:

A FREE ice cream at JC’s Ice Cream in Hanover ($4 Value)

1 FREE NSRWA branded neck gaiter per boat (Additional buffs may be purchased with registration for $20) Due to Covid-19 supply chain delays, we will not have a T-shirt this year.

First 25 registrations get 1 FREE waterproof neck tote for your phone

The New Format

Paddlers will get on the water independently and record their times by sending a screenshot of their route and time to complete the course as recorded by a fitness tracking app.  This means that instead of one day when all paddlers come together to traverse the North River, you will:

  • Choose a Date: After you register we will send you the dates with the tides that will work to do the paddle between August 1 and August 31. Once you register, you can do the race as many times as you’d like between these dates and submit your best time!
  • Choose a Course: Select one of two-course options, both of which leave from the Marshfield Launch. The choices are:

Paddle Route 1: Finish line is Couch Beach in Marshfield (~ 2.5 miles). You can paddle up and back when the tide is right – we provide you the correct tides or have a friend pick you up there. This route is 5 miles round trip. Rock pile at Couch Beach is the finish line.

Paddle Route 2: Finish Line is just past the Washington Street Bridge (~7-mile course) and then take out 1 mile further upstream at the Hanover Canoe Launch.  This route requires staging a car at the Hanover Canoe Launch.

Divisions
  • 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 (Submit your photo)
Join our FundRacers!

Ready to make a bigger splash for clean waters and healthy rivers? Join our FundRacers!

Education is key to protecting nature. Your participation in this race will help get more kids outdoors and inspire them to become stewards of nature. As a FundRacer, YOU can create an even bigger splash for clean waters and healthy rivers!

The funds you raise as a FundRacer will directly support NSRWA’s environmental education programs. Here’s a sample of what you will help make possible:

  • with $25, one child can participate in FISH School as a citizen scientist
  • with $50 one child has an outdoor adventure with our environmental educator
  • with $100 one child has the chance to become an Estuary Explorer

It’s easy to sign up as a FundRacer and registration is free when you raise at least $150 in donations among your friends, family and neighbors. Make a difference locally and get ready to enjoy the calming power of nature as you paddle to protect waters!

Sign up as a FundRacer today to make a difference locally right away!

We will give you everything you need to get your fund-raising started. If you need help, email Gabriela Silva for some fun and successful tips and ideas.

FundRacers MUST sign an online waiver before paddling the course. Click here to sign.

The top 10 FundRacers will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant, and the #1 FundRacer will receive a gift certificate and a chartered pontoon boat tour on the North River.

Registration
  • All skill levels, from novice to racer, are invited to paddle in the 30th Annual Virtual Great River Race and all ages are welcome. (Participants age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
  • Any type of non-motorized watercraft 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.

The registration fee for the Virtual Great River Race is $50 per craft.

All participants (including minors under 18 years of age) must have a signed waiver to participate in the race. Waiver is in registration form.

Once you register, you will be sent the Tide Schedule and other pertinent information.

Details and Rules

Start/Finish

Submitting your route and time on our Leaderboard

  • Submit a screenshot of your completed route and time as recorded on your time/route tracking app (such as MapMyFitness or Strava). Send to GreatRiverRace@nsrwa.org.
  • Share pictures of your paddle by tagging the North and South Rivers on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #greatriverrace #exploresouthshore
  • Track the times in your category and see other racer’s photos on our Leader Board

Rules

In addition to the above race requirements it is strongly recommended that each racer/participant watch the following paddling safety video and follow the applicable recommendations below:

  • Check the weather before you go and assess when you arrive at the launch. Avoid times when thunderstorms are likely or the wind is strong;
  • If you there is sudden thunderstorm get to shore immediately and seek shelter in a building if possible if not stay low to the ground – do not seek shelter under a tree;
  • Bring a protected, charged cell phone (you need this to log your race time anyways!) or other communication device;
  • Race with a paddle buddy (someone who can accompany you in their own kayak/vessel);
  • Let someone know when you start and finish the race;
  • Bring an extra paddle or paddle float, a bailer, and flotation for your kayak, if needed;
  • Water, snacks, & extra clothes in a dry bag.
Awards Celebration

The awards celebration will take place via Zoom meeting. You will receive a link by email to the celebration.

Medals will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners for each division.

The top 10 FundRacers will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant, and the #1 FundRacer will receive a gift certificate and a chartered pontoon boat tour on the North River.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

WATER CHAMPION – $1,000

RIVER GUARDIAN – $500

TRIBUTARY CONTRIBUTOR – $250

Details

Start:
August 1
End:
August 31
Event Categories:
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Organizer

North and South Rivers Watershed Association
Phone:
781-659-8168
Email:
lori@nsrwa.org
Website:
nsrwa.org