24th Annual

Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge

Bruce Hanscombe Park – June 6th & 7th, 2020

A Dragon Boat Canada Race Series Event!

Sport divisions will follow all DBC race regulations including equal gender crew composition in the mixed division (aka 10 male & 10 female paddlers)

Ontario’s first highly competitive dragon boat festival of the racing season expects to provide its usual sneak peek into the World’s fastest dragon boat club crews.

This regatta also features an extremely competitive and robust university division. University crews should check out the special opportunity to race both in the University and Sport Mixed divisions.

We are proud to host one of Canada’s most competitive annual regattas, the Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge, on Saturday, June 6 th , 2020. Prominent clubs expected to attend include: Outer Harbour Dragon Boat Club, NDRC, True North Paddling Club, Iron Dragons and the Pickering Dragon Boat Club.

For crews competing in the Sport Mixed division, the unique and hugely popular Championship Point System will return. The fastest 10 Sport Mixed crews will compete in a series of 3 championship races: 200m, 500m and 2km in length. These crews will be trying to garner the most championship points and secure the overall points title. The winner will be awarded the Oikawa Cup and receive a free entry into the 2021 Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge.

Featuring

  • Dragon Boat Canada Race Series Regatta
  • Dragon Boat Canada certified officiating crew
  • Historically Ontario’s most competitive regatta
  • Championship point system guaranteed to maximize value for sport division crews: 5 races over 3 distances
  • Highly competitive University division with value opportunity to race in both university and sport mixed divisions

Event Details

Pricing

Category # of Races Before January 1, 2020 Before April 1, 2020 After April 1, 2020
Sport Mixed Division 3-4 $1150.00 $1200.00 $1300.00
Sport Women Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00
Sport Open Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00
University Division 3 $975.00 $1025.00 $1125.00
University/Mixed Combo 5-6 $1250.00 $1300.00 $1400.00
Recreation Mixed Division 3 $975.00 $1025.00 $1125.00
Recreation Women Division/BCS Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00
Recreation Open Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00

*All teams are guaranteed to race 1x200m and 2x500m. Only the top 10 Sport Mixed teams will compete in the 2000m final. All racing is based on a Championship Point System.

Prices are listed in CAD and do not include tax.

Location

Festival Parking

The Pickering GO Station Auxiliary Parking Lot will be the primary parking lot of the Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge. FREE Shuttle Buses will transport athletes from the Pickering GO Station Auxiliary Parking Lot to the race site.

  • There is no parking on-site (Bruce Handscombe Park)
  • Police and City By-Law officers will be patrolling the area and will enforce all city parking by-laws
  • Vehicles in violation of parking by-laws risk being tagged and/or towed

Shuttle Bus Service

  • The Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge provides FREE shuttle bus service from the Pickering GO Station Auxiliary Parking Lot to the race course
  • All vehicles are instructed to park at the Pickering GO Station Auxiliary Parking Lot
  • Pickering GO Station Auxiliary Parking Lot can be found East of the GO station along Bayly St & north on Sandy Beach Rd. (As this location is a parking lot and does not have an address the closest address for GPS purposes is 1550 Bayly St, Pick, Ont, L1W 1Y7)
  • FREE Shuttle Bus Service will commence at 630am on Saturday and 730am on Sunday. (buses will run every 15 minutes during peak arrival/departure times)
  • Festival volunteers will be on site to organize lineups according to the race schedule.

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Schedule

Full schedule will be posted on Monday, June 1st , 2020.

LIVE Results will be posted here:

Race Format:

  • All teams will race a 500m heat; the time from this race seeds you into your 200m final and your 500m final
  • Only the top 10 Sport Mixed teams will compete in the 2000m final

Shuttle buses begin running to the park at 6:30am and the registration tent will open at 7:00am for team check-in. A team captain’s meeting will take place at 7:30am, followed by marshalling for the first race at approximately 7:45am.

Awards

Sport Mixed: Oikawa Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

University Mixed: University Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

Rec Mixed: OPG Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places.

Sport Women: Sport Women Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places.

Sport Open: Sport Open Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places.

High School Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

Community Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

Vendors

Stay tuned for all of the exciting food, drink and merchandise vendors!

Are you interested in being a vendor at our event? We would love to have you!

Vendor fees are $200 (+HST) and all vendors receive:

  • A 10x10 space in a prime area of the park
  • Website & logo promotion on our Festival page
  • Promotion through our team information bulletins
  • The option to add a business card, promotional item or coupon to our team swag bags

Vendors who select to be Race Sponsors (for an additional $50) will also receive logo/website promotion on our race schedule (printed and online) and company promotion/announcements over the loud speaker throughout the festival.

*Please note: In order to best serve our participants, we reserve the right to turn down vendor applications if we feel as though the market is already covered in this area.

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Questions?

Questions about this event? Need some help with registering? Send an email to katy.dunlop@alkame.ca


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