Team Registration FAQ


How much does it cost to register a team?

Registration is $1,500 per team and can be paid for by a team sponsor or by individual contributions. Teams can use CrowdRise to fundraise the registration fee. 


Why should I fundraise if I am paying a registration fee?

The registration fee only covers the cost to produce the event. Every paddler is strongly encouraged to fundraise by sharing a CrowdRise fundraising page with their friends and family via social media or email. 


How many members are on a team?

Teams race with 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer (provided by Dynamic Dragon Boats). Teams may have 4 alternates, for a total of 25 team members, or can race with a minimum of 16 people. Each team must have at least 8 female paddlers. The minimum age to participate is 16, with parental signature.

I don’t have enough paddlers for a team, how can I participate?

Join up with another smaller group or connect with a team looking for a few more members. Our CrowdRise fundraising page is the best place to see a list of current teams. The Drums and Dragons Facebook page is another great way to connect with other team members and captains. 


Will there be an opportunity to practice?

Yes, each team has the opportunity for two practice sessions the week before race day. Practice days and times are first-come-first-served, so register early and reserve your practice sessions. Professional steerers and Dynamic staff will train each team during practice week. 


Do we need to bring anything on race day?

Your team should bring a 10 x 10 tent (if desired) and tent decorations, water, food, and a competitive spirit. It’s a company picnic, community party, and adrenaline-pumping racing all in one event. Dragon boats, paddles and all safety equipment are provided by Dynamic Dragon Boats. All team members are required to sign a Smart Waiver before participating. 


How long does it take to race?

Races are 250 meters- about two football fields long. It will take just over a minute to paddle going full speed. Each team will race three times, with top teams racing in a final round.


What if I am not very athletic?

Almost anyone, regardless of size and fitness level, can paddle in a dragon boat race. 


What off-water competitions are available?

Non-racing awards include: top fundraising team, top fundraising individual, best dressed drummer, best team name, best tent décor/tailgating and a Judge's Choice award. 


How will dragon boat teams be awarded?

Awards & medals are for Gold, Silver & Bronze winners and divisional winners.


Is there a fee for my friends and family to come watch me race?

No, there is no fee to attend, bring all your cheerleaders!


What about bad weather?

Practices and races will not be canceled or postponed due to rain. 


What if we change our mind, can we get a refund?

No, there will be no refunds. If following payment a team decides not to participate, the full payment, minus a $100 holding fee, will be returned if the team notifies CarePartners Foundation prior to 6/01/17. Following 6/01/17, teams will be reimbursed the full payment, minus a $100 holding fee, only if a replacement team can be named. Please remember this is a fundraising event run almost entirely by volunteers in support of a nonprofit organization.


OK, you’ve convinced me. How can I get more information or register a team?

 

Please contact Amanda Cantrell, 2017 Special Events Coordinator:
Text or Call: 828-989-5067
Email: acantrell@carepartnersfoundation.org