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Northern Nevada Dragon Boat

Northern Nevada Dragon Boat Festival

Sparks Marina
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Aug 15, 2020

A 2,500-year-old Chinese sport comes to life.

The annual Northern Nevada Dragon Boat Festival celebrates ancient Chinese culture, sport and the natural wonders of the Reno-Sparks region.

What Are Dragon Boats?
Dragon boats are 40-foot human-powered canoes decorated with ornate Chinese dragon heads and tails. Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams consisting of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer, and one steersperson race the boats 500m across the lake. The more in sync the paddlers are, the faster the boat glides through the water. Dragon boat racing has become the world’s fastest-growing water sport.

Free To Watch!
The festival is open to the public and family-friendly. With free admission for spectators, there is plenty to do between the races! Festivities include the Health and Wellness Village, various vendors, exhibitors, food trucks, artisans and more.

Who Can Race?
Social groups and businesses alike embrace the sport of dragon boating as it builds camaraderie and a sense of “team” through participation in the sport. Dragon boat teams are created from local organizations and special interest groups, while others are just teams of family and friends looking for a fun activity outdoors!

No experience is necessary and all shapes, sizes and physical abilities can paddle. The festival promotes health and wellness, community engagement, and team building.

Want to Enter a Team?
Form a team of 16-25 people for a fun-filled day on the water. Team registration includes three races, one team pre-event practice with a coach, a team tent within the Athletes’ Village and all equipment needed to race (dragon boat, life vests and paddles). Click on the website link above for more information.

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