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 # of Races

 Before Jan 1st

Before July 1st

After July 1st

 Mixed / Women's / Open / ACP / BCP / Paradragons / Senior 55+

 (3 x 500m)





 Mixed / Women's / Open / ACP / BCP / Paradragons / Senior 55+ (Out-of-Town*)

 (3 x 500m)
* Rate applies for teams that live at least 150 miles outside of Orlando)





Practice Sessions


$100 each

At least 3 teams must be registered in a division. Any division with less than 3 teams registered will be amalgamated into the next closest racing division offered. 

To ensure races run smoothly, smaller divisions may be combined in heats but will race independently of each other.


Team fees are in USD and do not include applicable taxes (6.5% sales tax).

Payment Methods: We accept all major credit cards, or check.

Paying by check: You will receive a discount of $25 USD. This discount will be automatically applied during the registration process.

For more information (i.e. refund policy, multi-event discount, etc), please visit our FAQ page

Registration Process for tax-exempt teams: Register your team, choose the "check" option on the payment page. Please email your valid tax-exemption certificate to info@gwnevents.com along with the invoice number and method of payment (check or credit card). GWN will send you an invoice without taxes, if paying by credit card, an authorization form will be sent. 

Registration Add-Ons

Each team registered at the festival will get a 20 x 20 team site (footprint, not tent rental) within the Athletes' Village. Teams have the option to bring their own tent or rent one from GWN. In addition to tents, chairs and tables are also available. For more information on rentals, please refer to the "Athletes' Village" tab below. Teams may also order practices, for more information please refer to the "Practice" tab below.



Address: The event will be held at Bill Frederick Park (Turkey Lake). 3401 S Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835

Site Map: Stay tuned for the 2024 event site map. 

Park Rules: We're committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for participants and spectators. Before heading out to the races, there are some things you should know:

No dogs are allowed at Bill Frederick Park.

Cooking equipment and BBQ grills are not permitted on site.

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on site.

Teams are responsible for picking up their waste within their team sites. In addition to handing out waste bags during team check-in, there will be wastebaskets located throughout the Athletes' Village to maintain the park's cleanliness.  Let's all work together to keep Bill Frederick Park clean and green.

Medical Services: Medical services and first aid will be available on site. If you're in need of medical attention, please report to the medical tent for immediate assistance.



The 2024 race schedule will be posted Monday October 7th.

At least 3 teams must be registered in a division. Any division with less than 3 teams registered will be amalgamated into the next closest racing division offered. 

To ensure races run smoothly, smaller divisions may be combined in heats but will race independently of each other.

Industry Cup Races: To qualify for a Cup race, at least 70% of the crew must be part of the same company or industry. Please note, teams noted with the initials of the industry, i.e. Public Services = PS are teams racing in the noted industry cup.

Bonus Racing

Time permitting, the top 8 teams in the Premier Mixed division will compete in a 2,000m race. Teams in the Premier Open, Premier Women's, BCP, Senior Mixed, Senior Women's, Senior Open divisions will compete in a 200m race.

*Depending on the number of boats per heat.

Live Results
Get live race results and progressions on race day using your phone. Visit gwndragonboat.com/results.

Race Marshaling
Marshaling on race day will begin a half-hour before the first race of the day. Teams must be in the Marshalling area 30 minutes before their scheduled race throughout the day.

Race Day Check-In
Every Team Captain must check-in their team at Race Headquarters on race day. Registration will be open from approximately 7:00AM to 10:00AM. All waivers must be completed prior to check-in. Please visit the FAQ section for more information on how to check in on race day.

For a speedy check-in, ensure that all waivers for your team are completed. The electronic waiver deadline is 11:59AM EST on Wednesday, October 9th. 2024. After this, only paper copies will be accepted.

Team Captain's Meeting
There will be a Team Captain's meeting in front of the Marshaling Area to discuss race day rules and address any questions, one hour prior to the first race.



Industry Cup Races: First-place teams will receive a trophy and gold medals.

Consolation Finals: First-place teams will receive a trophy and gold medals.

Grand Finals: Third and second-place teams will receive bronze and silver medals, respectively. First-place teams will receive a trophy and gold medals.

Awards Ceremonies

Ceremonies will take place after each Industry Cup, Consolation Race, and Grand Final Race. GWN Staff will gather the gold medal-winning team as they come off the water. They will be escorted directly to the stage in the Beer Garden. Bronze and silver medal-winning teams will receive their medals in the dock area.










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Pre-Event Practice Parking

Parking will be available at Bill Frederick Park during practices on Thursday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th for $5.00 per vehicle (exact payment is preferred). Upon entering the park, please follow directional signs to the festival parking area.

Race Day Parking

Free parking will be available at Bill Frederick Park. Upon entering the park, please let the front gate know that you are with the dragon boat festival and follow directional signs to the festival parking area. 

Bill Frederick Park Front Gate will open at approximately 6:45AM (exact time will be determined the week of the event).

To help cut down on congestion in and out of the park,  carpooling to the event is strongly recommended. It is best to plan extra time so that you are not delayed getting to your team tent.

Download the parking map here.


From Jct of I-4 (exit 75B) & SR-435/Kirkman Rd-N: Go N 1.5 mi on Kirkman Rd, then W 1.5 mi on Conroy Rd, then N 0.9 mi Hiawassee Rd. (R)



Looking to have some fun on the docks? GWN is always looking for fantastic volunteers.

As a volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to be a part of the exciting and fast-paced action that is dragon boat racing. You'll also get to experience the energy and excitement of the festival event atmosphere and be a part of a vibrant community of dragon boat enthusiasts. Volunteers will be needed to help with various tasks in ensuring the safety and smooth operations of the event through the various outlined tasks:

  • Boat Marshalls: Will be on the dock assisting paddlers with getting in and out of the boats. This position should be filled by people who are comfortable around the water.
  • Results Runners: Will be posting the results from the Timing Officials at the Registration Headquarters. This position requires neat handwriting.
  • Team Marshalls: Will assist the Marshalling Manager in ensuring that all teams are ready to load into boats at the correct time to maintain smooth running of the races.
  • Crowd Control: Will ensure one-way flow traffic from the Marshalling Area after boats are unloaded.

If you would like to volunteer, we can promise some food, drinks, a really cool shirt, and community service hours (if applicable) so please complete this Volunteer Form to join our team! To get more info or ask any questions, feel free to send us an email at volunteers@gwnevents.com.

Additional Information

Athletes Village
Participant Checklist

Event Map

orlando venue map non interactive


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