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# of Races

Before Jan 1st

Before May 1st

Before June 1st

 After June 1st

 Mixed / Women's / Open / ACP / BCP / Paradragons

 (3 x 500m)






 Mixed / Women's / Open / ACP / BCP / Paradragons (out-of-state)

 (3 x 500m)






 Additional Practice Session




Prices are in USD.

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.

Team registration fee includes a 10x10 tent and 1 practice.

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

Registration Add-Ons
Teams have the option to upgrade their tent to a larger size from GWN. In addition to tents, chairs and tables are also available. For more information, please refer to the "Athletes' Village" tab below. Teams may also book additional practices, please see the "Practice" tab below for more information. 



Address: Rocketts Landing is located at 4708 East Old Main Street, Richmond VA 23231

Site Map: The 2024 site map will be posted 1 week before event day


From downtown Richmond: From E. Main Street or E. Cary Street, drive south on S. 14th Street. Turn left at the traffic light onto Dock Street. Proceed on Dock Street 1.4 miles and turn right on Main Street. Take Main Street (which becomes Old Osborne Turnpike) .2 miles to the Rocketts Landing Sales Center on your right.

From the Powhite Parkway and Downtown Expressway heading east: Take the 7th/9th Street exit. Stay right onto E. Byrd Street and proceed through the 9th Street traffic light. Immediately after crossing the Expressway underpass, turn right on Canal Street. At the end of Canal, turn right onto 14th Street. Follow directions from downtown Richmond.

From the north: Take I-95 south to exit 74B, Franklin Street. Continue on S. 15th Street until it ends. Turn left on Dock Street. Proceed on Dock Street 1.4 miles and turn right on Main Street. Take Main Street (which becomes Old Osborne Turnpike) .2 miles to the Rocketts Landing Sales Center on your right.

From the east or west: Take I-64 to I-95 south and follow the directions from the north.

From the south: Take I-95 north to exit 74C, Broad Street. At the first traffic light, Broad Street, turn left. Proceed four blocks and turn right on 21st Street. Go 7 blocks to its end and turn left onto Dock Street. Follow directions from downtown Richmond.

Venue Rules: We're committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for participants and spectators. Before heading out to the races, participants should know that the following is prohibited at Rocketts Landing: glass bottles, BBQs, and grills. Coolers are allowed. Every bag will be subject to a search, including coolers.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the venue. Visit the beer garden on-site for a cold one!

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 venue's cleanliness. Let's all work together to keep Rocketts Landing clean.

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 on the Monday leading up to of race weekend.

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.

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

Race Marshaling

Marshaling for races will begin promptly half an 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 6:30AM to 9:30AM-all teams must be checked in by this time. 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 leading up to race day. Online access to waivers will be restricted after the deadline, after which only paper copies will be accepted on Saturday morning.

Team Captain's Meeting
There will be a Team Captain's meeting on Saturday morning by the Performance Staging Area to discuss race day rules and answer any participants' questions, 1 hour prior to the first race.



Industry Cup: 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. Volunteers will gather the gold medal-winning team as they come off the water.  They will be escorted directly to the stage. Bronze and silver medal-winning teams will receive their medals in the dock area.
The A Division Grand Final for Mixed, Women's, and Open ceremonies will take place after all races are completed on Saturday.



The Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival will feature music, demonstrations, and authentic Chinese cultural performances throughout the day. Stay tuned for the 2024 schedule of events.



Beer Tent

Enjoy the races with a cold brew in hand! Beer will be flowing from 11:00 AM until last call. Only cashless payments will be accepted at the beer tent.




Food Vendors



Interested in being a vendor? Email us at info@gwnevents.com to find out more. 



Street parking is very limited. Please see the below map for the highlighted parking lot.

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Richmond's GRTC Pulse

To save the hassle of finding parking, take the GRTC Pulse, which stops right outside the venue. For more information on how to use the transit system click here.



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

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Participant Checklist

Event Map

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