Pickering Dragon Boat Community Festival

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

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The Pickering Community Festival is designed to provide an introduction to competition for new and local dragon boat crews with minimal race experience and will be held on Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering on Sunday, June 5th, 2022.

This regatta will guarantee each crew 4 races including a heat and championship race in multiple distances. The top three teams will receive medals.

This regatta has gained notoriety as a great regatta for athletes new to the sport of dragon boat racing – most athletes who’ve begun their paddling careers at this regatta have gone on to exciting and rewarding dragon boat racing futures. Many have even competed internationally for their club or country.

This regatta is perfect if you are considering organizing a corporate, community or friend- based activity for a large group. For the 26th anniversary of the community festival, we are introducing new divisions, such as the Introductory Open Division that allows you to race with 10 paddlers of any gender!

Event Details

Pricing

Category # of Races Before January 1 Before April 1 After April 1
Community Mixed 4 $1050.00 $1100.00 $1200.00
*Community Mixed Package 4 $1500.00 $1500.00 $1500.00
**Introductory Open Package 1 4 $1050.00 $1050.00 $1050.00
***Introductory Open Package 2 4 $1850.00 $1850.00 $1850.00

*Community Mixed Package includes 4 practices with a coach and your regatta fee.

**Introductory Open Package 1 is for new teams consisting of only 10 paddlers, with no gender make-up. This package includes 4 practices with a coach, team shirts and your regatta fee.

***Introductory Open Package 2 is for new teams consisting of only 10 paddlers, with no gender make-up. This package includes 6 practices with a coach, team shirts, as well as the fees for 2 regattas (the Pickering Festival September 5th & the Port Perry Dragon Boat Festival, June 18th).

To book practices, send an email to katy.dunlop@alkame.ca

Prices are listed in CAD and do not include tax.

Location

Festival Parking

The Pickering Town Centre will be the primary parking lot of the Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge. FREE Shuttle Buses will transport athletes from the Pickering Town Centre 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 Town Centre Parking Lot to the race course
  • All vehicles are instructed to park at the Pickering Town Centre SOUTH EAST Parking Lot
  • Pickering Town Centre SOUTH EAST Parking Lot can be found on the south side of the mall, near The Bay. Please use the address 1355 Kingston Road for navigation purposes and drive around to the back (south) of the mall. Please see the map attached.
  • FREE Shuttle Bus Service will commence at 6:30am on Saturday and 6:30am 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.
PTC parking map

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Schedule

Race Format updated May 30, 2022
The official race format is an overview of the day's race progression, race statistics, and awards ceremonies.

Race Progression updated June 1, 2022
A detailed view of the day's races with crew names and lane numbers.

Race Format:

  • Community teams will race 3 x 200m and 1x500m
  • Introductory teams will race 4 x 200m

Shuttle buses begin running to the park at 7:30am and the registration tent will open at 8:00am for team check-in. A team captain’s meeting will take place at 8:30am, followed by marshalling for the first race at approximately 8:45am.

Awards

Community Mixed Division – Community Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place teams. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

Introductory Open Division
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place teams. 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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