This weekend celebrate the water or conquer it: Riverfest and Against the Tide

Above: The annual Against the Tide fundraiser takes place tomorrow morning. (Photo from their site)

There are two events taking place in neighboring towns that are worth checking out tomorrow. One celebrates area rivers. The other makes use of a local lake for a fundraiser to battle breast cancer.

Against the Tide:

Saturday morning’s fundraiser takes place at  neighboring Hopkinton State Park. (And I know that traditionally, some of the participants are from our town):

Against the Tide posterAgainst the Tide, a statewide, annual half-day event is held rain or shine, and every dollar you raise goes to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s work toward breast cancer prevention! The minimum donation for participation in this empowering and uplifting event is $175 per participant. Participants may enter as a team, consisting of 3 or more, with each individual participant raising the team discount of $100 minimum per person.

You can choose to participate in one or more of the following event components:

  • 1 Mile Swim – Competitive
  • 1 Mile Swim – Recreational
  • 2 Mile Kayak – Recreational
  • 3 Mile Walk – Recreational
  • 5K or 10K Run – Competitive
  • 5K or 10K Run – Recreational

You may also participate in the Aquathon consisting of a competitive 1-mile swim and your choice of a competitive 5K or 10K run.

To register, click here before noon today. (If you missed that, you can still sign up in person Saturday morning.)

To pledge support, click here.

You can also show your support by showing up that morning to cheer on participants. The first event begins at 8:30 with competitive swim and the aquathon. The final event (kyaking) begins at 10:45 am. (Click poster to enlarge for more details.)

Riverfest 2015

Riverfest logo

Southborough has a tentative link to this weekend’s festivities. It’s a celebration of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord rivers. None of the events take place in Southborough, but Sudbury River does define our southern border. 

Events take place all weekend, but only two are what I’d characterize as a stone’s throw away. On Saturday, the Framingham Conservation Commission is leading two river walks:

  • Nature/Discovery Walk – 10 am:

Join the Framingham Conservation Commission “ambling down the river” on the Carol Getchell Trail. Look for tracks and emerging plants along the banks of the Sudbury River as spring turns toward summer. Meet at the end of Little Farms Road. Members of the Friends of Saxonville will join us for a water stop at the Old Danforth Street Bridge. Some may wish to walk into Saxonville and learn some of the history of the village. The rest will retrace their steps along the trail.

  • Explore the Cochituate – 2 pm:

Join the Framingham Conservation Commission for a walk along the new Cochituate Rail Trail, branching off into Cochituate Brook Reservation and out to the shores of the North Pond of Lake Cochituate State Park. Explore Cochituate Brook, a tributary of the Sudbury River and enjoy the transformed rail bed and the nature of the Reservation. Wear proper footwear for this longer walk.

Dogs are welcome for both walks, but must be leashed. To register, or for more information, contact 508-532-5460 or

For other Riverfest events taking place over the weekend in Sudbury, Concord, Weston, and Billerica, click here.

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