2015 Final Race Results

On July 22, 2015, in Race Divisions, Races, by cdbforg


Congratulations to all the winners in the #CDBF2015 Dragon Boat Races! Here are the final race results:



1st Gold PASCO Fighting Dragons – Philippine American Society of Colorado
2nd Silver Lao Buddhist Temple – Epilog Corporation
3rd Bronze Agua Libre – Denver Language School


1st Gold Lao Buddhist Temple – Epilog Corporation
2nd Silver Agua Libre – Denver Language School
3rd Bronze CSU Asian Pacific Americans Cultural Center


1st Gold Scorch – Orlando Dragon Boat Club
2nd Silver Mutineers – Mile-High Dragon Boat Racing Club
3rd Bronze CU Denver – University of Colorado Denver


1st Certificate Spirit of Cambodia – Spirit of Cambodia Cultural Alliance
2nd Certificate Wounded Warriors Team – Adaptive Adventures
3rd Certificate Raytheon Space Racers – Raytheon


1st Gold To Burma With Love – Global Refuge
2nd Silver Mount St. Vincent Nustangs – Mount St. Vincent
3rd Bronze Adaptive Adventures – Civilian Team


1st Certificate Bonfils-Stanton – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
2nd Certificate TIAA-CREF – TIAA-CREF
3rd Certificate Kaiser Permanente – Kaiser Permanente



1st Gold Lightway Lightening – Lightway at Sloans
2nd Silver CH2M HILL Dragons – CH2M HILL
3rd Bronze Ice Dragons – Self-sponsored


1st Gold Janus Argonauts – Janus Capital Group
2nd Silver Stanley Sailors – Stanley Marketplace
3rd Bronze OCA DragonFlies – OCA


1st Certificate Wells Fargo Got Dim Sum – Wells Fargo


1st Gold CU Boulder Asian Unity – CU Boulder, Phuong Smith/Sterling Real Estate
2nd Silver Paddle 4 Possible – Craig Hospital
3rd Bronze CU Denver – University of Colorado Denver


1st Gold The Denver Foundation StewardSHIP – The Denver Foundation
2nd Silver Wright Row Group – Wright Group Event Services
3rd Bronze Seas the Dragon – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


1st Certificate Dragon this Boat – PorchLight



1st Lao Buddhist Temple – Epilog Corporation
2nd CU Boulder – Asian Unity, CU Boulder
3rd Scorch – Orlando Dragon Boat Club
4th Mutineers – Mile-High Dragon Boat Racing Club
5th Ice Dragons – Self-sponsored
6th Los Bomberos – Self-sonsored
7th Agua Libre – Denver Language School
8th Raytheon Speed – Raytheon
9th Paddle 4 Possible – Craig Hospital
10th Wounded Warriors – Adaptive Adventures
11th Veterans Administration Team – Adaptive Adventures
12th CH2M Hill – CH2M HILL
13th Wells Fargo-Got Dim Sum – Well Fargo
14th Team Civilian – Adaptive Adventures

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#CDBF2015 on video

On July 22, 2015, in Media, Video, by cdbforg

Here are some videos about #CDBF2015 including stories by local news media:

Great video from CSU’s Asian Pacific American Cultural Center race team. This was the first time that CSU APACC competed in the dragon boat races.

Here’s a powerful piece by Dan Daru of KDVR FOX31 about the Wounded Warriors Team competing at #CDBF2015:

KDVR FOX31 also ran a nice report on Lion Dancing:

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VIDEO: #CDBF2015 from above!

On July 20, 2015, in Media, Races, Video, by cdbforg

Many thanks to Chris Grenard, who shot and edited together this awesome video of the 15th annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival early in the morning as the festival was getting started at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver. With the Rocky Mountains to the west, you can see that Chris’ drone captured the excitement of the dragon boat races, which are one of the elements that makes CDBF so unique!

Thanks again to Chris Grenard!


15 for 15: Videos by CDBF participants

On July 7, 2015, in Video, by cdbforg

For our 15th year, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is asking some of the people and groups who participate in the festival to share their thoughts in short, 15-second (more or less) videos. We’ll one each day, so click “Continue Reading” below and view them all!

Kenny Nguyen, CU Boulder Asian Unity

Here’s the 15th video for our 15th year: Dragon boat race team drummer Kenny Nguyen on why #CDBF2015 is an important #AAPI event! Kenny is a member of the University of Colorado Boulder Asian Unity team. For #CDBF2015 there are teams of Asian American students from CU Boulder, CU Denver and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Denver University’s “That One Team” unfortunately is taking this year off, but DU is represented by the Daniels School of Business — it’s great to see so many young people getting into Dragon Boat Racing and enjoying the festival!

Aiko Kimura, Denver Taiko

Aiko Kimura is the leader of Denver Taiko, the accomplished and award-winning Japanese American taiko drum group that has been the rhythmic heart of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival since the very first year. They’re a crowd favorite, and they’re back again for #CDBF2015! http://denvertaiko.org

Tarika Cefkin, Operations Committee

Tarika Cefkin grew up with CDBF — she was a performer with Thai Harmony as a child. As she grew up, she joined the festival Operations Committee She later became Operations Manager, and now is back as a volunteer on the Operations Committee. You can see her as a stage actor in productions by Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA): http://www.theatre-esprit-asia.org

Nita Chittivej, Denver Thai Lion’s Club

Nita Chittivej is a veteran of Denver’s restaurant scene, having opened one of the first Thai restaurants in the area and now operating Chada Thai. She’s the current president of the Denver Thai Lion’s Club. The Thai Lion’s Club serves traditional Thai cuisine at CDBF as a fundraiser for its many community projects including sending toys and bicycles or eyeglasses for children in Thailand, and to provide relief aid for victims of the recent Nepal earthquake. Nita will also be demonstrating Thai cooking at the Explore Asia Stage in Gateway to Asia during #CDBF2015, Sunday from 10:30-11:00 am.

Fanja Rakotonirina, Madagascar Hat Company

Fanja Rakotonirina and her husband Georges Raelisaona operate Madagascar Hat Company, the booth that sells colorful hats and bags at CDBF each year that are made of raffia by craftswomen in Madagascar. The profits go back to their home country, and the couple have built schools and helped villages modernize, and have also worked to preserve Madagascar’s rainforests. Fanja is passionate about her mission to help Madagascar — you can tell from her TEDx talk she gave earlier this year in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo: https://youtu.be/QPmvEK1xX7U

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Be a Dragonteer — a CDBF volunteer!

On July 5, 2015, in Volunteer, by cdbforg
These volunteers helped the races run smoothly in 2007 (Photo by Kit Williams)

These volunteers helped the races run smoothly in 2007 (Photo by Kit Williams)

We still have many volunteer positions available and really need your help!

This year, our “dragonteers” will receive a $7 food token that can used at any of our food vendors during the festival.

Please take a look online and choose one or more of our interesting positions:

Every year the CDBF family counts with more than 300 Dragonteers to make the festival happen! Thanks to generous people like you, every year our community can enjoy this celebration of diversity! Please join us for all the fun!

Thank you,
Wendy Barile and Andrew Yeh
Volunteer Chairs