PaddleFest Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boat racing happens twice each season, once during Stars & Stripes River Festival in June and the Oklahoma Regatta Festival in December.
Forming a team for PaddleFest racing is easy and a great way to get on the water with family, friends or colleagues. Each PaddleFest registration includes a 90-minute practice under the supervision of a coach to prepare your team for an Oklahoma original, the 18-person 250m FlagCatcher. This event starts with an exciting 125m sprint to the flag, followed by a 180 degree turn to return to finish – first flag across the finish line wins! You choose your practice time slot, whatever day works best for your team of 18. This recreational event require 16 paddlers, with at least 6 female paddlers per team, a flag catcher & one drummer. Registration is $350 and includes one 90-minute lesson, 250m FlagCatcher event entry, coaching and equipment.
Local, regional and national competitive dragon boat teams also race in 10-person dragon boats over 500m and 200m as well as the 18-person 250m FlagCatcher.
PaddleFest competitive events include a coed (minimum 4 female paddlers) and an all women’s category. Additional categories may be offered to accommodate demand. All teams require 10 paddlers & one drummer to keep their team in sync.
This coed 250m FlagCatcher event requires 16-18 paddlers, with at least 6 female paddlers per team, a flag catcher & one drummer. Experienced steerers are provided, traveling teams are welcome to provide their own steerer. Registration is $550 and includes event entry fee for all three competitive events, a steerer and equipment.
For paddlers traveling to Oklahoma City to race, special event rates are available at our partner hotels.
For more information on PaddleFest, email us!