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Congratulations to the
2015 Gateway Dragon Boat Festival
Winning Team:

Krilogy Financial

2016 Gateway Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, June 25
Creve Coeur Lake Park

Registration & Sponsorship

Registration fee and sponsorship 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.

Register as a team/sponsor or individually.

Our Cause

Proceedes from the Gateway Dragon Boat Festival support Operation Family Help, a non-profit effort assisting families with medical needs not covered by health insurance.

About the Festival

The Festival will feature food and non-alcoholic drinks vendors, live music, and activities for kids. The event is free for spectators. Come out and enjoy the day with friends and family!

You can bring your own food - alcohol is permitted but not sold at the festival.

Dragon Boat 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" rounds, with four teams in each race. Following the first round of races, the teams will be sorted based on times paddled in the first round.

In the second round, the teams will race fastest to slowest – the fastest four qualifiers in the first race in the second round, the next four 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. The final race of the day will be the four 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 five teams. Awards for Divisions, such as Community, Media, and Healthcare Divisions will be determined by times in the third round. 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.


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.

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.

Participants/paddlers on a dragon boat team must wear an armband distributed to each team.

Watch highlights from past years' festivals