pre-race dates for paddlers
april 9, 2020 - registration deadline
Register online HERE or visit ELSE WEAR UPS STORE at 1458 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331 (Directions)
april 10, 2020 - 7:30 PM - position drawing
Drawing will be held at ATHOL MEMORIAL HALL (Directions Here)
Please arrive early. The drawing will begin promptly at 7:30 PM
If you are unable to attend, you must pick up your race number prior to 11:00 AM on race day at the ATHOL DAILY NEWS
april 11, 2020
7:00 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 Map 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 4/10, Numbers can be picked up at ATHOL DAILY NEWS Directions Here. 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 - 2020 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 - 2020 river rat race
PADDLERS must hold their post until the sound of the cannon. False starts will result in Disqualification
5:00 pm - 2020 river rat race awards
PADDLERS must pass post-race inspection to be eligible for prize money.