pre-race dates for paddlers

april 6, 2022 - registration deadline

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THE 2022 RAT RACE. GOOD LUCK PADDLERS!

april 8, 2022 - 7:00 PM - position drawing

  • Drawing will be held at ATHOL TOWN HALL (Directions Here)

  • Please arrive early. The drawing will begin promptly at 7:00 PM

  • If you are unable to attend, you must pick up your race number 8:00 - 11:00 AM on race day at ELSE WHERE UPS STORE (Directions)

race day
april 9, 2022

7:00 - 11:00 AM - rat race pancake breakfast

ATHOL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (Directions)

8:00 - 9:15 AM - big cheese 5k check-in

ATHOL MEMORIAL BUILDING - Pre-Register HERE

9:30 AM - big cheese 5K

SCHOOL STREET/PROPSECT STREET to TOWN HALL - Course Description HERE

9:35 AM - River rat promenade

MAIN STREET, ATHOL - Immediately following the Big Cheese 5K start

11:00 AM - number pickup deadline

If absent from Position Draw on 4/8, Numbers can be picked up at ELSE WHERE UPS STORE (Directions). If you miss the deadline, you can find last-minute number pickup at the Lion's Club Winnie Wagon near the South Main Street Bridge.

12:30 PM - 2022 River rat race pre-race

  • SPECTATORS may line up on the banks of both sides of the Miller's River South of the Main Street Bridge, On the Main Street Bridge (Follow PD instructions on the bridge), and on the Western Bank North of the Main Street Bridge.

  • CANOES will be put in and lined up on the EAST bank according to post numbers

  • PADDLERS are strongly advised to have boats in the water by 12:30 PM and at their post by 12:45 PM to await the cannon.

1:00 pm - 2022 river rat race

PADDLERS must hold their post until the sound of the cannon. False starts will result in Disqualification

5:00 pm - 2022 river rat race awards

RIVERFRONT PARK, ORANGE, MA

PADDLERS must pass post-race inspection to be eligible for prize money.