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2015 Gateway Dragon Boat Festival
General information
Saturday, June 27 (Races begin at 9am)
1) Registration fee includes the boat, paddles, a steersperson/coach. Each team will have a designated area to "hang out" between races. It is suggested that teams bring folding chairs and pop-up tents (For an extra fee tents, chairs, tables can be rented). Each team will have a practice/safety session during the week before the race. Extra practices can be obtained for a fee.

2) Gateway Dragon Boat Festival – Race Rules: There will be multiple divisions based on type of organization, including, but not limited to: Not-for-profit, Healthcare, Community, Services, Technology, Construction, General Business, Education, Media. The division an organization wishes to compete in is to be declared by each organization during registration. Races start at 9am on Saturday, (coaches meeting at 8am). The schedule for the first round of races will be distributed in advance. (Each team’s first race could be anytime between 9 and 10:30am.) Each team will race two "qualifying" races, with four teams in each race. Following the first round of races, the teams will be sorted from the fastest to slowest. In the second round, the teams will race fastest to slowest based on times in the first round – the fastest three qualifiers in the first race in the second round, the next three fastest in the second race and so forth. Then, following the second round, the average time of each team in the first two races will be used to determine the order of teams for the third and final round, which will be run slowest qualifier to fastest. Only the fastest half of the teams will race in the third round. The final race of the day will be the three fastest qualifiers vying for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall, with the winner being awarded the coveted traveling trophy. Awards will be presented to the top three teams, as well as the fastest teams of each division, such as Community, Media, and Healthcare Divisions. A Team Spirit Award will be presented, as well as Fastest Run of the Day, plus a Best Dressed Drummer award. Awards will be presented at approximately 3pm.

3) A food/non-alcoholic vendors will be at the Festival. However, you can bring food – alcohol is permitted but not sold at the festival.

4) Team banners, team shirts, ect., are encouraged. A "Spirit Award" will be presented, which will take into consideration team attire, tent decoration and overall team spirit.

5) There is no charge for spectators. . . Participants/paddlers must be on a dragon boat team, wearing an armband distributed to each team.

6) The 20 team paddlers (not called rowers) and the drummer (required) must be at least 14 years of age. 8 of the paddlers on each team must be female. To accommodate alternate paddlers/or drummers, each team roster may include up to 26 people.

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