Registration Begins For 17th Annual Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival

Registration for the 17th annual Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival has begun. Organizers announced the return of “The Dragon’s Lair”, as well as brand-new social media and fitness challenges and incentives for participants and teams.

The Dragon will return once again to Del Crary Park on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 for a day of competitive dragon boat racing between community teams, as well as breast cancer survivor teams. Proceeds of the popular fundraising event will continue to help keep breast cancer screening and diagnosis right here at home.

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

THE DRAGON'S LAIR LUXURY TENT IS BACK

Festival Co-Chair Michelle Thornton says that the organizing committee’s focus this year continues to be on finding fresh and exciting ways to let teams engage with each other, battling it out not just on the water, but to see who can raise the most for breast cancer care in our community.

“It’s all about the ‘dragon bragging’ rights once again,” says Thornton. “Last year, we introduced ‘The Dragon’s Lair,’ a luxury tent where the top fundraising team was treated to a prime Festival location, comfy furniture to relax on between races, catered breakfast and lunch, their own team masseuses, fantastic swag and more. It was a huge success and competition for ‘the Lair’ was fierce in the week leading up to the deadline. Well, it’s back again for 2017 and it’s going to be better than ever. We’re keeping the details a surprise but here’s a hint— this year’s top fundraising team will even have their own dedicated butler!”

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

Participant and team social media engagement during the weeks leading up to the Festival is getting even more emphasis this year, adds Thornton. “By joining our private Facebook group, teams and participants will be able to take part in weekly challenges, get fitness and fundraising tips, access exclusive training and conditioning videos, and have a chance to win exclusive Dragon Boat prizes,” she says.

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

Team registration is now open and all proceeds will go to the PRHC Foundation and support the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art mammography machine for Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s (PRHC) Breast Assessment Centre.

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

Photo by Peter Curley, Peterborough Clicks

Info on the 2017 Festival can be found on the website here. An early bird reduced registration rate is available until March 21th, 2017 with regular registration continuing until Sunday, May 7th, 2017. Teams and participants can also engage with the Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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