Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival

Looking some months ahead.... The Philadelphia Dragonboat Festival is being held Saturday, October 2nd, on Pauline's favorite-river-to-pronounce, the Schuykill.

They have set a goal of having 100 teams register for the race; 52 have registered so far (and they have not yet begun to formally advertise). The registration fee is $1000. (Local teams are asked to also contribute $100 per paddler to benefit the Fox Chase Cancer Center, but out-of-town teams are just asked for the registration fee.) A $250 deposit is due at registration to hold a spot; the balance is due later.

If I'm reading their rules correctly, we would not be able to pull into our boat any paddlers who are already registered at the festival with a different team.

Their "hotel of choice" is the downtown Philly Marriott. I'm not sure whether they have worked out special room rates for dragon boat teams.

For more information, please see the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival site.

Are we ready to commit to this one, or do we want to defer a decision until later in the summer?


Blogger lisa said...

I think this is something we should definitely do. It will be the last chance of the season to enter races, it is not so long a drive, and maybe it would encourage some Philadelphia teams to come to Pittsburgh.

2:34 PM, May 26, 2004  
Blogger Chris said...

I agree that it would be nice to attend a festival late in the season. This one seems to be popular - I was asked several times in DC if we were going. Not sure if all of us will have the resources for this in addition to Toronto, though.

4:12 PM, May 26, 2004  
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