Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival - 2016 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival


Here it is! The grand total raised by ALL OF YOU at the 2016 Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival... $196,468.50!!!! Not only is that 20% more than the 2015 Festival, it brings our 16 year grand total to $2,991,636.69. WOW!

Congratulations everyone and thank you. Because of you - our paddlers, sponsors, volunteers and donors - PRHC Foundation is one step closer to funding three new state of the art mammography machines for the Breast Assessment Centre. Thank you for helping keep breast cancer screening the very best it can be right here in our community.

It's all over for another year but what a day it was! The weather held, the teams were pumped and had a great time, and an incredible 94% of our goal, or a little more than $168,000, had been reached as of 4 pm Saturday (with donations still coming in, we've now passed $170,000!) Check below to see our current total!

Click here for photos, race results, top fundraisers and more. In the meantime, on behalf of Survivors Abreast Peterborough Dragon Boat Team and the 2016 Peterborough's Dragon Boat Festival organizing committee, we'd like to thank EVERYONE who helped make this year's event such a success.

Thank you to all the paddlers and team captains, to our donors and sponsors, to our many volunteers, to the spectators who came out to cheer their teams on, and to all of YOU, our digital ambassadors, for helping get the word out with your likes, shares and comments.Thank you for helping us keep breast cancer screening the best it can be in our community!

Team photos taken by Devon Ulrich Photography at Festival are now available for download. Your team captain should have received an email with an address and login and can download the photo and share with fellow participants. 

Captains: If you did not receive this email, please email:, and we will send you the link directly.

News & Happenings...

  • Fundraise your way to the Dragon's Lair: Just a reminder, to be eligible for the Dragon's Lair, your online and offline* donations must be submitted by Thursday, June 9 at 12 noon. The winning team will be notified on Friday, June 10th. *Offline donations can be submitted to any Kawartha Credit Union branch.
  • Peterborough Lions Club Meal Deals are back! Visit the Lions Club trailer on race day and choose from a Hamburger Meal Deal - $6.00, Sausage Meal Deal - $6.00, or Hot Dog Meal Deal - $4.50. All meal deals include a bag of chips/Doritos and a can of pop. A portion of the proceeds supports the 2016 Dragon Boat Festival!
  • Need a coffee fix? Tim Hortons mobile coffee truck will be on site!
  • PARKING / Free SHUTTLE buses: Parking is limited at Del Crary Park, but there're plenty of spots in nearby in public parking lots. Park at the Evinrude Centre and take our shuttle service! Free shuttle buses run every 20 minutes all day (7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.), courtesy of our sponsor Coach Canada. Shuttles start at the Evinrude Centre (south side) and the Simcoe City Bus Depot on Simcoe St. with stops at the King St., Louis St. and Dalhousie St. parking lots.
  • WATER: Just a reminder that bottled water is not sold at Festival. Don't forget to bring your reusable water bottle and fill up at one of our complimentary water stations!
  • WEATHER: The Festival takes place rain or shine so we recommend participants and guests dress accordingly.
  • 50/50 Raffle NEW THIS YEAR! Don't miss out on the 50/50 draw to be held the day of Festival. Tickets will be $2 each, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10. If you don't see someone selling them through the crowd then visit the information booth to get yours. Get them in the morning to be sure you have them before the draw around the noon hour (maximum prize $2000).
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Your One Stop Dragon Shop will be accepting Debit & Credit payments for Dragon Boat merchandise!
  • Watch a dragon come to life! There will be a silk and paper machĂ© dragon that takes 10 people to make it come to life.
  • Tai chi demos by Peterborough Taoist Society, celebrating their 40th anniversary. 
  • Free massage services provided for paddlers in the Athlete Village area! Thank you to the students of Oxford College (formerly Trillium College) located in Peterborough Square.
  • Selfie photo booth! Bring your camera or phone, dress up in provided costumes, slip into the "dragon boat" and take a selfie (with a small donation to our Festival). Located next to the Awards tent. 
  • Student drum group from TASSS playing by the bleachers from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. This is the second year they're volunteering their talents!

Important Info:

7 Ways to Raise $500 ... it adds up quickly!
  1. Start by sponsoring yourself for $25.
  2. Ask three family members to sponsor you for $25.
  3. Ask five friends to donate $15.
  4. Ask five co-workers to sponsor you for $10.
  5. E-mail 15 people and ask for a $10 donation.
  6. Ask your company for a $75 contribution.
  7. Ask two businesses you frequent for $25.
Need help? Log in to your fundraising page for valuable tools to help you manage your fundraising efforts! Once you're logged in, you can: customize your personal or team page; import your contact list into your Address Book; email friends and family to solicit donations using the Email Centre; and more!