See mapCome join us on the North River and experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Massachusetts. This awesome 7 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 7:30am and ends at 8:45am. The race begins at 9:00am. If not pre-registered, please arrive by 7:45am. 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 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. Click here to sign adult waiver and minor waiver. To download registration form pdf click here.
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 with logo by artist Karie O’Donnell, 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), Canoe Single, Senior Division 65+, Best Decorated Boat or Boater
New this year – Transportation will be offered, free of charge, from the take out point to the racers’ vehicles.
After the race, join us as the fun continues at McGreal’s Tavern, 690 Main Street (entrance in rear, next to cemetery) in Norwell Center. The doors will open at 11am. Awards will be given in each category. There will be FREE hotdogs and sides AND live music – plus the bar’s open early just for us!
This event is vital to our organization and the impact we can have on our rivers. We monitor the health of our rivers, engage residents in making sure they take care of our rivers, and advocate for policies that keep our town’s water supply sustainable.
This year, our event will feature peer-to-peer fundraising which will help you and your friends give back! By becoming a fundraiser for the NSRWA, you will support the North and South rivers, and you’ll help your friends feel good about doing good.
Plus, if you raise the most money for us, you’ll win some awesome prizes!
Click here to register.
Click here to sign adult waiver.
Click here to sign minor waiver.
Click here to start fundraising.
Click here to download printable registration form.
Click here to download Corporate Sponsorship forms.