Event Activities & Schedule

Event Activities & Schedule

The Metro Boston Against the Tide event will be held at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 16th. The Cape Cod Against the Tide event will be held at DCR’s Nickerson State Park on Saturday, August 18th (click here for directions to either event). Please scroll down for a description of the event components.

Participate in 1, 2, or 3 of the activities:

Paddle Board

New for 2018, Against the Tide kicks off with a half mile paddle board event. Paddle boards are made available to our participants by our generous sponsors. Boating in Boston is our Hopkinton paddle board sponsor and Goose Hummock is our Cape Cod paddle board sponsor. Paddle board participants will need to reserve a board in advance during registration.


Our 1-mile swim event consists of your choice of either a competitive or recreational heat. Swimmers have the option of doing just the swim or doing the Aquathon and transitioning into the 5K or 10K run directly after the competitive swim. All swimmers will be in proximity to a safety kayak should the need for help arise. A time clock is available on the beach at both events for swimmers to track their time. Event officials will capture and list on our website the top 10 swimmers in both the recreational and competitive swims. It is important that you check in with our event officials managing these clocks in order to ensure that they have captured your time.


Kayaks are made available to our participants by our generous sponsors (Boating in Boston for Hopkinton and Goose Hummock for the Cape). This is a very popular event and to ensure that there are enough kayaks for those interested, kayak participants will need to reserve a kayak in advance during registration.  We encourage anyone who has their own kayak to bring it for their own use.

Fitness Walk

Our 3-mile walk in both Hopkinton and Brewster is held on paved, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly roadways within each of the state parks.


Our USATF certified 5K and 10K runs in both Hopkinton and Brewster are manually timed, and top 10 results will be posted after the event. These runs take place on stroller- and wheelchair-friendly paved roadways within each of the state parks. The routes are clearly marked.