For Immediate Release
Contact: Darrell Hames, Race Publicity
DRAGON BOAT PADDLERS TO COMPETE AT THE 2018 PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACE AT WATERFRONT PARK
The race will be held on September 8 and 9, 2018 at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Sixty six teams comprised of 2,000 paddlers from across the US and Canada will compete in competitive and recreational race divisions.
(Portland, OR) The 2018 Portland International Dragon Boat Race will be held on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, 2007 in the “Bowl” area of Tom McCall Waterfront Park just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
Dragon boats are of Chinese historical influence, reaching back 2,300 years. Dragon boats are 45 feet long with a dragonhead on the bow and a tail on the stern. Twenty paddlers follow the pace of the drummer and are steered by a steersman, racing 500 meters.
The 2018 Portland Dragon Boat Race is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, Kaiser Permanente and Next Adventure.
The race is produced by DragonSports USA, a Portland non-profit organization with 2,500 members that paddle recreationally and competitively throughout the year. The teams at this year’s race include the Golden Dragons, a “55 years-old or older” team with an average age of 72 years; Blind Ambition, the nation’s only non-sighted team; and several cancer survivor teams including Portland’s Pink Phoenix Breast Cancer Survivor team.
The races will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 am. The Portland Fire Department is planning on saluting the opening of the race with their fireboat spraying water high into the sky along the race course.
The Public is invited to this event which will offer a variety of ethnic food vendors, a Beer Garden and espresso beverages. Dragon Boat Paddling is the ultimate team activity in which almost everyone of any physical ability can participate. An Information Booth will be on site providing suggestions on how to join a Dragon Boat team, costs and equipment involved.