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PRESS RELEASE: Penticton Dragon Boat Festival continues to grow
August 11, 2011
Penticton, BC, Canada..“We’re going to need more boats!”, was the first thought on organizer’s minds when they received news that the Raymond James Penticton Dragon Boat Festival’s registration had reached 86 teams.  The event, September 10 and 11, 2011, will see almost 2,500 paddlers participating.

The Raymond James Penticton Dragon Boat Festival is the fastest growing festival in BC.  From 44 teams in 2009; to 65 teams in 2010, the festival is the second biggest festival in the province next to Vancouver – one of the biggest dragon boat events in North America.

Once again, the event will see crews racing 500 metre sprints starting at 8:00 AM both days. The 14 metre canoes weigh approximately 400 kg, and race with 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steers-person. The mixed division will see many past winners, along with top crews from Calgary, Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The women's division will be even more exciting, with several strong local teams expected to be in the top final Sunday afternoon.

Sunday's races will include the Breast Cancer Survivor Finals and carnation ceremony. Local favourite, Survivorship, continues to train after having to relinquish it's beloved "Dale Charles Memorial Cup" the past two years.  The Breast Cancer Survivor Races start just before 11:00 am on Sunday, with the Pink Carnation Ceremony to follow remember those fighting Breast Cancer and those who are no longer with us.

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EVENT QUICK FACTS
  • Event: 12th Annual Raymond James Penticton Dragon Boat Festival
  • What: 500m Dragon Boat Sprints
  • Date: September 10 & 11, 2011
  • Place: Skaha Lake Park– Penticton Paddling Centre
  • Live Race Results: Posted on WebsiteWebsite and Twitter (Search Hashtag #PDBF)
  • Sponsorship: Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact info@gorowandpaddle.org for details.
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    The Raymond James Penticton Dragon Boat Festival is organized by Go Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada and the Penticton Paddling Centre. GO is a non-profit Amateur Athletic Association, and registered charity, dedicated to sharing the benefits of sport with Canadians of all ages and athletic abilities. For more information see our web-site at www.pentictondragonboat.com or www.gorowandpaddle.org  

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