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Race Day Schedule of Events

Location: Wheeling Heritage Port   12th & Water Street Wheeling, WV  

8:00 am:   Opening Ceremony
                  Group picture of all teams
8:15 am:   First heat of teams to Marshaling Area
8:30 am:   Race starts (Round 1)
10:30 am: Round 2 of Racing
12:00 pm: Lunch break
                  Steerer Auction
12:40 pm: First Heat in Final Round to Marshaling Area
1:00 pm:   Final Rounds begin
2:00 pm:   Award Ceremony 
                  Overall Winners for Top 3 Teams &
                  Division Winners 

Practices will run from Wednesday August 21st through Friday August 23rd. Each team will sign up for a 1 hour on-water practice where you will learn technique of paddling, commands and safety. It is important to have your team present for practice!

Each team will compete in two races in the morning. The course is 250 meters long and you will be paddling against the river’s current. The top 12 teams advance to the final heats that begin about 1 pm. 

Before Practices and Race Day:

  • Get prepared by hydrating and exercising in advance. Keep in mind this is an anaerobic sport. Hydration is very important.
  • Be prepared for rigorous exercise.
  • Before your practice session, you should know you WILL get wet.
  • Please bring water into the boats at your practice and stay hydrated during the session.
  • Practices and races will happen rain or shine. Lightning and other severe weather will delay practices or races.
  • Learn more about dragon boat racing at www.racedragonboats.com.

What to wear:

Dri-fit shirts and shorts
Sandals w/straps, water shoes, (Tevas, Crocs, etc.)
Sunscreen/Sunglasses/hat with visor
Consider bringing a towel and extra change of clothes