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The Dragons are coming… To Vancouver Lake!

Actually, people in dragon boats are coming for a community wide fundraiser that Paddle For Life is hosting July 13, 2019, to benefit the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center.

What is the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center?

The nonprofit Clark County Veterans Assistance Center assists military veterans and their families with basic needs – help with rent, transportation, food, and employment; legal and medical services; and other resources. At last count, the center was providing support and a welcoming environment for more than 3,000 military veterans and their families each year.

What is dragon boat racing?

Dragon boating originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and has become both a competitive and recreational sport with participation growing worldwide. It is the ultimate team sport with 10-20 people seated in pairs and paddling in sync. All the while, a caller up front bangs a drum to keep the team in time over a distance of 250 meters.

Why would I want to participate in a dragon boat race?

Dragon boating is for a variety of ages and skill and fitness levels. You can compete like an Olympian or just go out and have fun. The Paddle For Life event on July 13, 2019, will feature various heats for differing levels of skill and fitness. Community teams will be made up of people who sign up to participate together. Yes, you will be in a boat with friends, family, or coworkers. Picture yourself showing off your medal from the races Monday at work! And paddling together is a great way to foster team spirit.

Where and when will the event be?

The Paddle For Life Dragon Boat Race will be at Vancouver Lake Regional Park on July 13, 2019.

How much does it cost?

The cost for two practices, a race jersey, participation in race day (two races), and medal is $25 per person or $250 for 10 paddlers in a boat. Remember, this is a fundraiser for the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center. Organizing a team of coworkers? Maybe you can convince your company to sponsor your team!

Great! I’m in! What do I do?

  1. Check out paddleforlife.org for details, including how to register.
  2. Rally 10-11 friends, family members, coworkers, and acquaintances to be on your team. Enter their names and shirt sizes on your registration form on the website.
  3. Sign up for your two free practices before race day. Bring your team to the lake, and we’ll provide a coach, steersperson, life jackets, and paddles — everything you will need to prepare for race day.

Paddle For Life® is a 501c(3) nonprofit

Registration Info

Are you new to dragon boat racing or have some experience? Now is your time to participate! You will be assigned to a team that has little or no experience paddling in a dragon boat. Join us in a day of paddling, fun, food, and camaraderie! To register please click here

Individual Registration Fees

1 paddler (randomly placed on novice/community team): $25

Are you new to dragon boat racing or have some experience? Now is your time to participate! You will be assigned to a team that has little or no experience paddling in a dragon boat. Join us in a day of paddling, fun, food, and camaraderie! To register please click here

Novice/Community Team Registration Fees

10 paddler mixed team: $250
10 paddler women’s team: $250

The Vancouver course is the same venue where the Pacific Dragon Boating Association (PDBA) will hold its qualifying race the following month for the International Dragon Boating Federation’s 2020 World Championship in France. You will have an opportunity to experience the race course and lake conditions prior to the qualifying race. To register please click here

On top of that, this race is a grand opportunity for newer paddlers to gain valuable race experience close to home.

NOTE: If you would like to register more than one boat, please contact us via email: info@paddleforlife.org

Club Team Registration Fees

10 paddler mixed team: $400
10 paddler women’s team: $400
Early bird special for 10 paddler teams is $350 by March 1, 2019


20 paddler mixed team: $800
20 paddler women’s team: $800
Early bird special for 20 paddler teams is $700 by March 1, 2019

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