About the Event

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Del Crary Park, Peterborough
Register your team here!

 

Since our 2001 inaugural year, the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival has raised over $3.1 million for state-of-the-art equipment that enhances breast cancer detection, treatment, and care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). The Festival currently boasts 65 teams in community and competitive categories.

The Festival provides opportunities for breast cancer survivors and the community to participate in dragon boating - a fun, exciting, and rewarding sport that contributes to the health and well-being of breast cancer survivors and members of the larger community. It is a community event intended to promote awareness about breast cancer in our community and fundraise in support of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment at your hospital!

Where will the funds go?
In addition to being a great day out on the water, Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival is a vital fundraiser for the PRHC Foundation, supporting world-class breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

Thanks to the thousands of paddlers, donors, sponsors and volunteers who support the Festival every year, we’ve helped fund the vital technology that forms the backbone of outstanding cancer care and helped PRHC expand their efforts to become a Regional Centre of Excellence for Cancer Care. The 2017 Festival raised $182,518.58, bringing the 17-year total to more than $3.1 million.

The numbers are startling - experts predict that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. Our goal is to make sure that women and men from across our region have access to the tests and treatments that could save their lives, right here in our community.

Doctors rely on lab results to determine and confirm 100% of cancer diagnoses and treatment decisions.That’s why this year the proceeds of the 2018 Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival will fund the purchase of two new tissue
processors for PRHC’s lab. The result? Faster, more accurate breast cancer diagnosis, and less waiting and uncertainty for patients and their loved ones.

And the impact of your support won’t end there. Breast is just one of the cancers that this vital piece of technology will be used for. In fact, PRHC’s lab processes more than 20,000 cancer-related cases annually. That number represents thousands of additional people who will benefit from the Festival and its donors’ investment every single year!

On behalf of PRHC’s patients and everyone who loves them, thank you.

Registration Fees:
  • The First 18 - $750.00 (18 spots - available until March 18, 2018 or until spots are gone) 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Be one of the first 18 teams to register and raise awareness and support for this vital cause
  • 18th Anniversary Rate - $775.00 (18 spots - available until March 28, 2018 or until spots are gone) Get your team together and take advantage of savings and additional fundraising support 
  • 2018 Regular Rate - $800.00 Available until close of registration
  • Breast Cancer Survivor Rate - $750.00 Available until close of registration - All paddlers must be breast cancer survivors regardless of gender
  • Junior Dragon Rate - $500.00 Available until close of registration - paddlers ranging in age from 13 to 18.
  • "Paddlers Pool" (Individual Registration) - $40.00 Perfect for people who want to participate but don't have a team! Available until close of registration - subject to participation

Quick Links:

Calendar of Events for June 9th..

 (please note times are approximate)
  • 7:45 am – Team Captains meeting at the Volunteer/Waiver tent
  • 8:15 am – Awakening the Dragon (Opening Ceremony) featuring “The Dragon” and local dignitaries
  • 9:00 am – Morning races begin 
  • 10:00 am – Vendor’s Village and Family Fun Zone open (until 3:00 pm)
  • 12:00 pm – Flower Ceremony featuring the Peterborough Pop Ensemble and TASS Drumming Group
  • 1:00 pm – Afternoon races begin
  • 3:30pm – Cup Races begin followed by award presentations

Shuttle Bus Info/Parking (NEW ROUTE THIS YEAR!)

Parking is limited at Del Crary Park but the Festival has FREE shuttle buses running all day courtesy of Coach Canada. Shuttle Bus #1 will run from the Evinrude Centre (south side) with a pick up at the Wolfe St. parking lot, and Bus #2 will run from the Simcoe St. City Bus Depot with a stop at the King St. parking lot. The shuttles will run every 20 minutes with the first buses leaving the Evinrude Centre and Simcoe St. City Bus Depot at 7:30 am. Last bus leaves the Festival at 4:15 pm.

Good to Know:

  • #dragonbragging #getintheboat Selfie Photo Booth! Bring your camera or phone, dress up in provided costumes, slip into the "dragon boat" and take a “selfie” – who knows, The Dragon may even join you! (located in the Family Fun Zone)
  • One Stop Dragon Shop - Drop by and see us in our new location just past the bleachers! We have our Festival branded team shirts, some new water bottles, NEW ¾ sleeve baseball shirts, NEW pullover hoodies and lots more for your shopping pleasure.
  • NEW - Pink Tribute Tent for people to leave a tribute to someone they have lost. Survivors Abreast members and Hospice volunteers will be there to listen and answer questions.
  • 2018 Raffle - Don’t forget to bring cash for the 2018 Dragon Boat Festival Cash Raffle! Just look for the Raffle Tent to get your tickets - $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. Draw will take place at 4 pm. 1st prize = $1000, 2nd prize = $500, 3rd prize = $250.00 (Winner does not have to be present) All proceeds from the raffle support the 2018 Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival.
  • Face painting will be available for children from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Family Fun Zone 
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle (or buy one at the One-Stop-Dragon Shop) to refill at the mobile drinking water station! Just a reminder that disposable plastic water bottles will not be sold at the Festival.
  • No need to bring a lunch since we will have some fantastic food vendors on site including burgers and dogs, pizza, greek food, coffee, delicious pastries, homemade soda and much more!
  • Massage services will be available to Festival participants, courtesy of Fleming College
  • Ride your bike to Festival and park securely at Del Crary Park courtesy of Shifting Gears / City of Peterborough

Create & Manage a Team:

  1.  
    Choose a captain and put together a team (click here for details on who and how many can be on your team).
  2. The captain registers the team online and pays the registration fee, which they can then collect from their team or sponsor (click here for more info on the role of the captain).
  3. Next the captain sends an email from the Participant Centre, inviting people to join his/her team by registering online (required).
  4. Team members register online and start fundraising.
  5. Prior to the event, you'll receive an invitation to arrange a practice for your team (additional practices can be arranged for a fee).
  6. It's race day - see you on the water (don't forget your signed waivers!).


Who's in the Boat?

 

  • A team consists of 16 to 20 paddlers + a drummer (a drummer is required).
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Participants must be at least 13 years of age on the day of the Festival. Parent/guardian permission is required for paddlers under the age of 18 on Festival Day. 
  • For safety reasons, the maximum weight of the 20 paddlers in the boat must not exceed 3600lbs.
  • Each team may register 4 alternate paddlers (as spares), but no paddler may paddle for more than one team per division.
  • Junior teams will be mixed teams and all paddlers must be the age of 13 to 18 years old, except the drummer, who can be a male or female adult.
  • The Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival is first and foremost a fundraiser for breast cancer screening and treatment in our region. We therefore respectfully request that each participant take advantage of the tools provided and either set up their own personal fundraising webpage, or download an offline pledge form to raise funds for this important cause. Remember, what's raised here, stays here.


Role of the Captain:

  • Organizing

    the team and collecting the registration fee from each team member. Please note: Registration fees are not eligible for charitable tax receipts. 
  • Registering the team online, including payment of the registration fee and ensuring that all team members are registered online.
  • Ensuring that all team members have read the safety protocols and signed the waiver forms prior to boarding a boat.
  • Communicating and distributing all information about practices, race regulations, fundraising opportunities, team photos, merchandising, etc.
  • Promoting team spirit and organizing team shirts, hats, songs, mascots, and team meeting area.


Divisions:

 

Community Mixed:

  • 80% of the paddlers reside and/or work in the Region primarily served by the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). The PRHC Region is defined by the County of Northumberland (to the south) to the County of Haliburton (to the north), and the City of Kawartha Lakes (to the west) to Hastings County (to the east).
  • Must race with a minimum of 8 female paddlers, excluding the drummer.
  • The drummer may be male or female.

Community Women:

  • 80% of the paddlers must reside or work in the region primarily served by the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). The PRHC Region is defined by the County of Northumberland (to the south) to the County of Haliburton (to the north), and the City of Kawartha Lakes (to the west) to Hastings County (to the east).
  • May have a male drummer, but all paddlers must be female.

Open Mixed:

  • More competitive in nature, these teams typically race or practice together on a regular basis.
  • 100% of the paddlers may reside outside the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) region.
  • Must race with a minimum of 8 female paddlers, excluding the drummer.
  • The drummer may be male or female.

Open Women:

  • More competitive in nature, these teams typically race or practice together on a regular basis.
  • 100% of the paddlers may reside outside the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) region.
  • Includes Breast Cancer Survivor teams.
  • May have a male drummer, but all paddlers must be female, except for survivor teams who may have male paddlers.

Junior:

  • Any team consisting of paddlers ranging in age from 13 to 18,  except the drummer, who can be a male or female adult.
  • 100% of the paddlers may reside outside the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) region.

Survivor Teams:

  • All paddlers are breast cancer survivors.
  • Will participate in the 'Open Women's' division.
  • Qualifying teams will race in a bonus breast cancer survivor race prior to the traditional Flower Ceremony.
  • Survivor males may paddle in this division.


Races:

Note: All races are 400 metres long.

Morning Heats:

  • Every team has a random placement in the morning heats.

The McKenzie Cup:

  • Is a feature race for Breast Cancer Survivor teams.
  • The top 4 Breast Cancer Survivor teams, based on times from their qualifying heats, will compete in this race.
  • Remaining survivor teams will load boats and join in for the Flower Ceremony after the race.
  • This race will take place after the morning heats and will be followed by the Flower Ceremony, a tradition that provides a moment to remember and honour those who have been lost to breast cancer and those who are still fighting.
  • The winner of the race will be awarded the McKenzie Cup trophy named after Dr. Don McKenzie, founder of the breast cancer paddling movement.

Afternoon Heats/Semi-Finals:

  • Teams will be seeded in the afternoon race, to race teams with similar times to their morning times.

Divisional Championships:

  • NEW THIS YEAR! Following the afternoon heats, there will be Divisional Finals for Community Mixed, Community Women, Open Mixed, Open Women, and Junior Divisions.
  • The top four teams (based on combined times from morning and afternoon races) in each Division will be seeded for these Championship races.