River Rat Race

​​​​​Race Information


Friday Evening April 12, 2019- 


Positions Drawing 7:30pm Athol Town Hall 

584 Main St Athol, MA 


Saturday April 13, 2019


Big Cheese 5K

8:00 a.m. Athol Memorial Building 584 Main St., Athol
Start School St. @ Prospect 9:30AM
Finish Line- Town Hall, Results/Awards 10:30 AM
Athol Memorial Building


Annual River Rat Race Parade


Line Up begins on School Street, Athol at 8am.

Parade kicks off on School Street, right after Big Cheese 5k.

Parade registration at North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce..

Parade Registration Link



Race Information


Race line up takes place by the South Main Street Bridge in downtown Athol.

​Single cannon shot starts the race at 1pm. (Food vendors near bridge)


Canoe race travels along Millers River to downtown Orange, Mass.

Awards presented following the race at 5pm at Riverfront Park in Orange. (Food vendors and more near park)



Places to stay


King Phillip Restaurant and Motor Inn

35 State Road, Phillipston, MA - call for reservations at (978) 249-6300 or (978) 249-6263.


Executive Inn

110 Daniel Shay's Highway, Orange, MA 01364, United States of America , 978-544-8864.


Travel Inn

180 Daniel Shays Hwy, Orange, MA 01364- (978) 544-2986


Vendor Information


The River Rat Race does not handle vendor permitting etc. 


For Athol: 978-249-2368- Selectboard Office 

Athol River Rat Vendor Form


For Orange: 978-544-1100  Ext 106   Town Administration 

Orange One Day Permit form