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Get prepared by hydrating and exercising in advance. Keep in mind this is a aerobic sport. Hydration is very important. For more about hydration, read more about it on WebMD.com.
Be prepared for rigorous exercise.
Don’t have much time to work out in advance? Use quick exercise bursts.
When it heats up outside, acclimate your body to the weather and use less air conditioning.
Before your practice session, you should know you WILL get wet. It is a water sport. If you paddle on the right side, the right side of your body will be wet. If you paddle left, the left side will be wet. Please dress and prepare accordingly.
You may bring water into the boats at your practice.
Practices and races will happen rain or shine. Lightning and other severe weather will delay practices and races.
Report to your Team Tent an hour before the race.
Your team will report to the marshaling area 20 minutes before your first race.
Marshaling officials and volunteers will instruct your team to line up, and then alert you when it’s time to load the boat.
Bring plenty of water and healthy snacks. Food will also be available for sale on site.
You may consider also bringing games to play between races, such as a football, Frisbee, etc.
Dynamic Dragon Boat Racing LLC provides dragon boats and related equipment, professional race logistic services, and unique experiences for charities and participants. Highlighting the world’s eighth fastest growing sport and implementing a customer service focus, Dynamic has become a nationally recognized expert in the dragon boat event management market.
Festivals feature corporate and community teams racing in 46-foot long ornamental dragon boats. At most events, paddlers raise money for charity, making it a win-win for all! Race day combines various cultural activities with food and fun for spectators and participants.
Dynamic Dragon Boat Racing LLC has established itself as a nationally respected dragon boat event company with a reputation for managing quality dragon boat races. Dynamic’s clientele has doubled in the past three years. In 12 years of business, we’ve been part of events that have resulted in more than $5 million raised for charity so far. A combination of unique services and excellent customer service leads to success rates in event involvement and fundraising for our clients. Most clients net, on average, $50,000 from this event, with some making $250,000-plus.
People love the thrill, the teamwork, the adrenaline, and positive interaction in the boat. They are drawn to this sport, to each other in a setting that exemplifies human connectivity on a level comparable to nothing else. What happens in a dragon boat stays in the dragon boat. People who never thought of themselves as athletes can thrive in a dragon boat, and athletes discover a challenging alternative to other sports.
According to legend, Dragon Boat racing originated in China more than 2,300 years ago. Chinese history describes the fourth century B.C. as the Warring States period; a time of shifting alliances and treachery.
The patriot and poet Qu Yuan championed political reform and truth as essential to a healthy state. The King, who had fallen under the influence of corrupt ministers, banished his most loyal counselor, Qu Yuan, from the kingdom.
Left to wander the countryside, Qu Yuan composed some of China’s greatest poetry expressing his fervent love and loyalty for his country, and his deep concern for its future. Upon learning of his kingdom’s devastation at the hands of a rival kingdom, Qu Yuan threw himself into the Mei Lo River in a ritual protest.
The people loved Qu Yuan. They raced out in their fishing boats to the middle of the river in a vain attempt to save him. They beat on drums and splashed their paddles in the water, trying to keep the fish from his body and ward off evil spirits. To honor his soul and ensure it didn’t go hungry, they scattered rice into the water.
Eventually dragon boat races became the cultural tradition to mark the anniversary of Qu Yuan’s death – primarily a form of amusement and fun, while also highlighting the history of this colorful event. The Modern Era of Dragon Boat racing began in 1976 during the first Hong Kong International. The sport debuted in the U.S. in the early ‘80s. Now in more than 100 cities, every year people come together to pay tribute to this fallen statesman by paddling to the beat of their own drum.
The traditional dotting of the Dragon’s eye before dragon boat racing awakens the dragon and unleashes its fire, giving boats and their crews the strength of the dragon.