Great River Race to be Held July 30 in Norwell, MA

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The 26th Annual Great River Race will take place July 30, 2016, on the North River in Norwell, MA. The 7-mile race starts at Bridge Street Canoe Launch in Norwell and ends at Indian Head Road in Hanover. Cost to enter is $55.

All skill levels 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 watercraft is eligible to enter, including stand-up paddleboards. Awards will also be issued for “Best Decorated Boat or Boater” for the less serious, but creative, paddler.

Registration begins at 7:30 and ends at 8:45. The race begins at 9:00 am. If not pre-registered, please arrive by 7:45 am. 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 before and after the race. Day of race registration is $60/$15.

Rowing (Sliding Seat Single), Rowing (Fixed Seat Double), Rowing (Fixed Seat Single), Stand Up Paddle Board, 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), Senior division 65+, Best Decorated Boat or Boater


Transportation will be offered, free of charge, from the take out point to the racers’ vehicles.

Awards will be issued at McGreal’s Tavern, 690 Main Street in Norwell Center. The doors will open at 11:00. Awards will be given in each category.