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Head of the Charles Regatta

Distant view of rowers in shells on the Charles River with some fall foliage visible on either side.
City Life

Get an Inside Look at the Biggest Head of the Charles Yet

In 1965, a Harvard sculling instructor named Ernest Arlett took a look at the Charles River and hatched the idea of a 3-mile race along […]

City Life

What Was It Like to Bring Back the Boston Marathon and HOCR This Year?

On the eve of their first in-person events since 2019, longtime Boston Athletic Association CEO Tom Grilk and Head of the Charles regatta executive director […]

City Life

How to Get the Most Out of a Day at the 2021 Head of the Charles Regatta 

How To Be a Good Spectator Be prepared for anything. If a cold wind or rain is coming off the water, you’ll want to have […]


Get Ready to Row: Anyone Can Race in the Head of the Charles Regatta This Year

Countless events in Boston have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic—including, but not limited to, the Boston Calling music festival and the […]

City Life

A River Runs Through Us: Boston vs. Cambridge

Edited by Brittany Jasnoff Read a note from Editor Chris Vogel about the April issue of Boston magazine here.  When was the last time you […]


Is Indoor Rowing Boston’s Next Hottest Workout Trend?

“Legs, core, arms. Legs, core, arms. Legs, core, arms.” I repeated the mantra from my instructor over and over as I pushed my heels into […]


The Head of the Charles Regatta, by the Numbers

225,000–300,000 Spectators expected to show up in person 7 Overcrowded bridges from which to watch the race 120,641 Dollars raised for Head of the Charles […]

Arts & Entertainment

Where to Watch the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta

For over 50 years, the Head of the Charles Regatta has attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators to a three-mile stretch of the Charles River. […]

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Photos from the Head of the Charles 2017

Athletes and spectators packed the banks of the Charles River for the 53rd annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures welcomed […]

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20 Awesome Instagram Photos from the 2016 Head of the Charles Regatta

For more than 50 years, the Head of the Charles Regatta has drawn spectators to the banks of the Charles River to see exciting competition and take part […]


Gevvie Stone Is an Olympian, a Head of the Charles Champ—and a Doctor

Two months ago, Massachusetts native Gevvie Stone was in Rio de Janeiro, winning a silver medal in women’s single sculls. On Saturday, she’ll be on […]


New Balance Released Some Slick New Sneakers for the Head of the Charles

New Balance has been busy. Just a week after unveiling a brand new collaboration collection with J. Crew, the Boston-based activewear company is releasing two new sets […]

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A Spectator’s Guide to the Head of the Charles Regatta

Since 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has lured and challenged hundreds of thousands of rowers to the Charles River in this famed sporting […]

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Pro Tips for Watching the Head of the Charles Regatta

There are fights. There are wrecks. There are moments of glory. The Head of the Charles is truly a sporting event unto itself. Whereas most […]

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Where to Stay for the Head of the Charles 2016

With the Head of the Charles Regatta on deck for this weekend, it’s time to hammer down some details. First, peruse the best places to […]