2017 AZ Dragon Boat Festival

2017 Festival

2017 marks the Arizona Dragon Boat Association‘s 14th annual dragon boat festival. Join us on March 25 & 26 for 2 days of exciting dragon boat competition with teams from all over the United States and beyond.

Festivities start at 8am each day on the north shore of Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Over the years, we’ve welcomed hundreds of teams and thousands of paddlers and spectators from all over the world, come experience a tradition of over 2000 years!

Team Information

The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival welcomes teams from all over the world looking to get out of the cold and enjoy some competitive races on the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. We offer 9 Divisions:  Mixed | Women | Open | Collegiate | Corporate | Masters | BCS | Youth | High School.  Standard races are 500m, additionally we offer 250m and our “Guts & Glory” with limited availability – proceeds of the 250m and our “Guts & Glory” go to support the AZ Disabled Sports organization.

2017 Registration Fees are as follows:

Early Bird (thru Jan 31) Standard (due Mar 1)
Mixed | Women | Open $550 $650
Collegiate $350 $450
Corporate $800 $900
Masters | BCS $150 $250
Youth | High School FREE  FREE
250m Race $50 $75
Guts & Glory Race $100 $150

Note:  High School and Youth divisions will be FREE in 2017 only.

Paddlers must be at least 14 years old to race, with the exception of the Youth Division where the age limit is from 8 – 14 years old. Mixed teams must have a minimum of 8 male and 8 female paddlers. Women’s teams must be female and have a minimum of 16 paddlers, however there are no gender requirements for steersperson or drummer. Open teams must have a minimum of 16 paddlers.  Collegiate, Corporate and Masters must have a minimum of 16 paddlers, 8 of which must be female. BCS teams must have a minimum of 16 paddlers, all of which must be breast cancer survivors, however there is no BCS requirement for the steersperson or drummer. Youth and High School Divisions have no gender restrictions but must have a minimum of 16 paddlers.  We allow a maximum roster of 25 team members and therefore will only be providing 25 medals per winning team.

Out-of-town team practices will be on Friday, 03/24/16. We will require all teams to sign waiver forms and deliver them to the practice coordinator(s). All team(s) must comply to all of the Tempe Town Lake’s rules at the practices, the practice coordinator will review this information with your steers.

For any questions on team information, please contact Lana Walther or Michelle Laye at azdbateams@hotmail.com.

Are you interested in being an event volunteer?  See the section below for more information.

Corporate Teams

Dragon boating provides the ultimate team building platform to boost morale while promoting key abilities essential in a work environment. Dragon boat racing is an exhilarating and addictive sport that requires communication and team work to be successful. Rhythm, discipline and focus are just a few characteristics important to this awesome sport.

Our annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival offers an opportunity for local and regional businesses and organizations to join in the fun. We had a record year for participants in 2016 and look forward to more great teams to join in 2017! Compete with companies like Mayo Clinic, Wells Fargo, SRP, Intel, AT&T and many more.

We make it easy to participate, and the best part is – no experience is necessary. We’ll provide you with everything you need, including practice time AND a qualified coach!

Click here to learn more about registering your team.

Intel Dragon Boat Team


Best Western Tempe

Best Western Inn of Tempe

Dragon Boat Team Rates:  $199/night
double room, Mar 24-27, 2017 – AZDBA discounted rates are good until 2/10/2017.

5 min walk to the Tempe Town Lake
Amenities:  free hot breakfast, free airport shuttle, free wifi

670 N Scottsdale Road
Tempe, AZ 85281
tel: 480-784-2233

Baymont Inn Tempe

Baymont Inn & Suites

Dragon Boat Team Rates:  $105/night
standard double room

10 min walk to the Tempe Town Lake
Amenities:  hot buffet-style breakfast, outdoor pool and jacuzzi, free airport shuttle, free wi-fi

TO BOOK call 480-858-9898, mention:  “Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
or email your name, arrival date, departure date and phone number to: baymontinntempe@gmail.com.

808 N Scottsdale Road
Tempe, AZ 85281
tel: 480-858-9898

Radisson Hotel Phoenix

The Radisson Phoenix Airport

Dragon Boat Team Rates:
king standard room – $165

10 min drive to the Tempe Town Lake
Amenities:  complimentary high speed internet, expanded work area with ergonomic chair, HBO, cordless 2-line phone

TO BOOK: Guests can make their reservations (before 2/20/17) by calling Central Reservations at 888-201-1718 or click the BOOK NOW button.

427 N 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
tel: 602-220-4400

The Red Lion Inn and Suites

Dragon Boat Team Rates: $199/night (thru 2/24/2017)
two queen bed room

5 min drive, 22 min walk to the Tempe Town Lake
Amenities:  complimentary shuttle within 3 miles of hotel (including pick-up and drop-off at Sky Harbor Intl. Airport, Tempe Marketplace, Mill Avenue and ASU, complimentary full breakfast buffet daily, complimentary wifi, outdoor pool & spa

1429 N Scottsdale Road
Tempe, AZ 85281
tel: 480-675-9799


The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival has over 2000 paddlers from all over the country attending to compete. With that many attendees, we require a full staff of volunteers to help with the days’ business – from set-up and parking to staging crew and dock hands – we have to fill all the roles!

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/Vs1HJP
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

NOTE: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

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