Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races
Riverfront Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation are now planning the 4th Annual Dragon Boat Races on August 4-5, 2023. See below to learn more about how you can be involved!
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Dragon Boat History
Dragon Boat Racing is a rapidly growing sport that combines rich Chinese traditions, competition, team building exercises, and fun. Often, dragon boats are emblazoned with bright colors, dragon scales, which includes a dragon head and tail. Typical dragon boats are 46’ long and feature 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 steersman. During the course of the race, the job of the drummer is to keep an effective beat in order to synchronize the paddlers. Races are usually between 200-2000 meters and can last up to 10 minutes.
Many of the traditional Chinese elements are still practiced today, such as beating of the drums and throwing rice into the river. A common practice for many Dragon Boat Race opening ceremonies includes a practice known as “Awakening the Dragon”. Before each race, the dragon eyes are dotted. It is believed that once the eyes are dotted, the dragon will come to life. We are fortunate to have the opening ceremonies performed by the Fort Wayne Chinese Friends and Family Association.
2022 Dragon Boat Team winners are featured below:
1st place: Steel Dynamics, Inc. SDI Red Team
2nd place: Fort Wayne Chinese Families & Friends Association
3rd place: Don Hall's Restaurants- Buster Astro's
4th place: Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana-Blazing Paddles
5th place: Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department-Park Paddlers
6th place: Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, Barnes & Thornburg-Paddles of Justice
7th place: Lincoln Financial Group-42 Arms of Steel
8th place: Steel Dynamics, Inc-SDI Grey Team
2022 Race Results
The 2022 Race Results are now available!
2022 Event Photos
Enjoy some photos below from the 2022 River, Set, Go! event. Be sure to follow us on social media to see additional photos and information.