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Orange, River Rat Race
The River Rat Race is a one-of-a-kind canoe racing event along the Millers River, beginning in Athol and concluding in Orange. With a strong current and hundreds of canoes, the race presents a challenge to even the most-seasoned of canoe racers who must maneuver through a myriad of novice tandems. Every year in April entrants of all ages and abilities make the eight-mile trek from Athol to Orange. The 51-year-old race also attracts racers from throughout the Northeast and across the country. The weekend-long festivities begin in Athol with the Big Cheese 5K, a family-friendly road race to raise money for the North Quabbin Food-a-Thon and the Franklin County Health Care Corp. Meals on Wheels Walkathon. Following the 5K is the annual parade known as the River Rat Promenade.
Throughout the weekend, Athol also plays host to a carnival near the race-launch site, and Orange holds a celebration at Riverfront Park, the site of the finish line. Quite possibly the most popular event in the North Quabbin region, the River Rat Race is a fun time for families and people of all ages.