**IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT YOU MUST ATTEND PRACTICES PRIOR TO THE EVENT**
THIS EVENT IS INTENDED TO SERVE INDIVIDUALS OVER THE AGE OF 18. SOME EXCEPTIONS MAY BE MADE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS.
What is the Colorado Springs Dragon Boat Festival?
On August 24th and 25th, our team will compete against some finely tuned high performace race teams at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park, in the heart of Pikes Peak region.
The festival offers a unique racing experience with a beautiful scenic backdrop. Featuring the quintessential MLDB festival areas, such as Health and Wellness Village, Athletes’ Village, and Food Truck Bazaar, this event will give participants, new and experienced, a dragon boat experience with a Western flair. Spend a fun-filled, summer day with us at Prospect Lake as we welcome paddlers, outdoor enthusiasts, and families. A celebration of ancient sport and nature await you. If you have friends or family members interested in helping support this event, there are several roles such as Dock Workers, Events results support, and crowd management for race staging area. Sign up for a position on team or supporting.
Must be able to self-transfer up or down by 12+ inches; swimming skills recommended; must be comfortable in close confines with other athletes in narrow seating; must be 18 years or older to participate
What to bring:
- Drink bottle
- Change of clothes (just in case)
What is Dragon Boat Racing?
Dragon Boating, a sport founded in China over 2000 years ago, started as an international sport in 1976 in Hong Kong and has a worldwide participation of over 50 million competitors. Dragon boats are fast and powerful recognized for the camaraderie, strength and endurance fostered amongst the team.
The crew for the Hong Kong class dragon boat is typically 22, made up from 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow (front) of the boat, 1 'drummer or caller' at the bow facing toward the paddlers creates the heartbeat and rhythm of the boat, and 1 sweep (steerer) standing at the rear of the boat controlling its track.
Benefits of Dragon Boat Racing
Dragon Boat racing is a fun team-building activity and participating in a dragon boat event benefits individuals with physical disabilities, family, caregivers, and others in numerous ways.
- Dragon Boating creates an inclusive environment.
- People of all ages and fitness levels can participate.
- The nature of the sport emphasizes unity and working together.
- Driving towards the finish line produces energy, enthusiasm and motivation.
- Paddlers communicate by cheering each other on.
- The sport encourages leaders to move to the forefront.
- Twenty paddlers in one boat = increased camaraderie.
Dragon boat races feature an exhilarating combination of premier sport competition in concert with an entertainment showcase for corporations, community organizations, and families. This is your opportunity to be at the forefront of representing warriors and disabled veterans and their supporters.
Our Colorado Team Blue Dragon Boat Racing Team was established in 2014 to provide individuals with physical disabilities an opportunity to compete in the great sport of dragon boat. Adaptive Adventures provides all necessary adaptations for all abilities to participate. The team trains from the end of April until August and participates in the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival and the GWN International Dragon Boat Festival in Colorado Springs, CO. Our head coach has worked in China as a national team canoe instructor and has worked across the world helping veterans, those with disabilities and many others find olympic development opportunities and to help identify a teams greatest potential. Our Team Blue is a family and we ensure you will experience unparalelled camaraderie.
For questions contact Chris Wiegand at: firstname.lastname@example.org