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Ryan Zaveral, Shane MacDowell cross finish line first in River Rat Race
04-13-2024 6:22 PM


ATHOL – Despite fickle weather conditions, canoeists and spectators alike enthusiastically awaited the start of Saturday’s 59th running of the annual River Rat Race from Athol to Orange.From about 11 a.m. until just before boats were put in the water...

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Dennis Carey marks 40 years participating in River Rat Race
04-10-2024 5:00 PM


ATHOL – It might be a stretch to claim that Dennis Carey, 56, of Orange, could paddle the 5.2-mile River Rat Race with his eyes closed – but it wouldn’t be much of one.This year’s race, which takes place on April 13, will mark the 40th River Rat...

Community gears up for River Rat Race weekend
04-09-2024 5:01 PM


ATHOL – While the River Rat Race is the star, there will be plenty more to watch and enjoy this weekend.Things get underway Friday night, April 12, with the drawing of positions in Memorial Hall at Athol Town Hall. Drawings begin promptly at 7 p.m....

After six decades, River Rat Race paddles on
04-08-2024 5:00 PM


ATHOL – The first Athol to Orange River Rat Race in 1963 may have been a more informal event, but it marked the beginning of an annual tradition that generations of North Quabbin residents have come to cherish. This year’s race takes place this...

“Two Grannies” hosts enjoy their time at Athol Rat Race
04-14-2023 4:23 PM


ATHOL — They may not have taken first place, but Beth Sobiloff and Marcia Rothwell still had a great time for their first year at the River Rat Race.In fact, Sobiloff and Rothwell—hosts of the popular “Two Grannies on the Road” show—came in last out...

58th Athol River Rat Race results
04-11-2023 5:05 PM

OverallDennis Mass Inspection Station—First Place#41: Shane MacDonald and Ryan Zaverell (time 35:16)Kessler Investments—Second Place#127: Adam Gelinas and Patrick MaddenOriginal Tire—Third Place#8: Jack Morse and Greg LowryCanvasNorth East Auto—First...

Back on the river
04-10-2023 3:34 PM

Runners fill the road for Big Cheese 5K in Athol
04-08-2023 8:15 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – Chilly temperatures and clear blue skies greeted visitors in downtown Athol, where hundreds had gathered Saturday morning to cheer runners in the annual Big Cheese 5K road race, as well as participants in the popular River Rat Promenade.The...

MacDowell, Zaveral claim victory in 58th annual River Rat Race
04-08-2023 8:11 PM


ORANGE — When Somersworth, New Hampshire resident Shane MacDowell crossed the 2022 River Rat Race finish line in second place, he wondered if next year would be his time to claim the first-place title.Beneath sunny skies on Saturday, MacDowell and his...

PHOTO: River Rat Race draws near
03-28-2023 5:07 PM

Athol River Rat Race nearly ready
03-10-2023 5:28 PM


ATHOL – Last year marked the return of the annual River Rat Race after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizers are hoping even more canoes will enter the competition.The first River Rat took place in 1964, with a total of 12...

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