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Acton Paddler Among Early Entries in Annual Canoe and Kayak Race [VIDEO]

Beth McDonough will take part in the Charles River Watershed Association’s Run of the Charles.

Acton resident Beth McDonough is among the roughly 1,500 paddlers registered for the Charles River Watershed Association’s (CRWA) 31st annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race scheduled for Sunday, April 28.

The race, which celebrates the ongoing improvements of the Charles River, draws thousands of spectators to enjoy a day on the river full of fun and festivities.

McDonough is entered in the Gov Category of the 24-mile race. A contact number for McDonough was not found.

The race features paddling races for all skill levels, from expert to beginner.  The $5,000 Professional Flatwater Canoe Marathon draws elite paddlers from across the United States and Canada while the 24-mile relay race attracts many corporate teams ready for a great bonding experience. Along with those events, the 19-mile, 9-mile, and 6-mile races bring out recreational paddlers ranging in age from 11 to 80.

The race’s Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park in Brighton is free to all racers and spectators and hosts day-long entertainment with live music from Wayland band Mid Life Crisis, where you will hear some Oldies, Classic Rock, Motown, R&B and New Wave. Vendors will be on site to showcase their products and talents, all kinds of food will be for sale and there is also a playground for children of all ages to use. Bring your family and spend the day.

Registration remains available up to and including race day. Interested participants are recommended to register now to avoid late fees. For more information on registration, becoming a volunteer, or any other aspect of the race, call 508-698-6810, e-mail rotc@crwa.org or visit www.charlesriver.org.

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