The 31st annual Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race, which benefits the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), will be held April 28. Elite paddlers can compete in the 26-Mile Professional Flat-water Canoe Marathon which awards $5,000 prize money! Shorter-distance canoe and kayak races are also popular, including the 6-mile, 9-mile, and 19-mile races. The 6-mile race hosts the broadest range of experience levels, with juniors ages 12 and up racing alongside seniors in their 60s and 70s. The public is welcome to join in on race day to celebrate Boston's Charles River at the free Finish Line Festival at DCR's Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Boston. The Finish Line Festival features food, live music, awards, outdoor sports demonstrations, and post-race picnics. For more information, call 508-698-6810, email [email protected] or visit www.charlesriver.org.