What happens on race day?
Watch the video to get an idea, then read all the information following and check out the items on the left hand menu to be fully informed.
About a week before the event, Captains will be emailed the race schedule. It will also be posted on the ridethedragon.org website.
Race Day Registration
Gather your whole team in the Registration area at least one hour before your first heat. All team members must be present at Registration to sign the roster and receive your wristband to allow you to get on the boat. A Registration volunteer will assist the team with the process. Be sure all members of your team sign the roster, including alternates and substitutes! As each member signs the roster the volunteer will give them the wrist band. Make sure they put it on!
Race information will be posted on boards around the park on Race Day. Captain and team members, your responsibility is to get your team organized and ready to line up for racing. Our Dragonheart members will stop by to give you a paddling refresher course. If someone does not come, please ask anyone in a Dragonheart shirt to give you a lesson.
You will need to listen to the Athletes Village PA system all day for your call to marshal for your races. Teams marshal 30 minutes prior to their races.
- First you'll assemble in the the tents alongside the bike path.
- You'll then head to warm up. Yee-Haaa!
- Next you get your equipment and line up on-deck in the tents by the Coast Guard.
- Then it’s time to load the boats and get ready to race your hearts out!
You will be racing head-to-head against another community team. In this round, though, you're really racing the clock, because your time will determine what Division you end up in for the rest of the day.
After your first race, you will be asked to stay together to have your official team photo taken. You'll have some time before your second race - enjoy our entertainment, DragonMart, and great food!
Upon completion of the first round you will be placed in one of eight divisions. Listen and watch for your next race time. You will be asked to marshal for your second race 30 minutes prior to racing.
Second and Third Rounds
Now you'll be in a division based on your first round time, so for the rest of the day you'll be competing against teams of similar ability. In the second round, the eight teams in each division race two at a time. The winners of those four races move on to Round Three, where they'll again race two by two. The winners of those two races then move on to:
The Championship Round!
The two teams left in each Division now race head to head for their Division Trophy. The Winner of our A Division paddles away with the magnificent Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont Champ Cup Trophy!
Athlete's Village Site Map
Waterfront Park Site Map
Race Day Schedule
Race Schedule by Heat and Time
Race Schedule by Team Name
Schedule of Events
Lost & Found
We have accumulated a lot of your property that has been left behind from practices. Be sure to reclaim it at our Athletes' Village Information Tent.
We hope you are all ready to show your spirit to the max on Sunday. Get ready to decorate your tent site, write your songs and chants, add a few dance steps, and wear those team T-shirts! We will be judging them all. Your time to perform your songs/chants and show off your spirit will be as you muster for your first racing heat. This year the community teams themselves will select the best team names and the best Athlete Village campsites, so you'll need to bring your best game!
Spirit Awards winners will be announced around noon.
If you have an extra T-shirt to donate to Dragonheart, we will be hanging them on a clothes line for everyone to see. We want everyone to enjoy the day and show Vermont the true spirit of dragon boating! Don't be shy! Let your spirit soar!
Dragonheart will be awarding prizes to the community teams in the following categories:
- Best Team Song/Cheer (Dance moves totally count!)
- Best Costume/Uniform
- Best Team Name
- Best Campsite
Got spirit? Show it and you may be going home with a prize.