If you’ve never paddled on a dragon boat team before, you’ll be amazed at how much fun it is, and how smooth and fast the races seem. Afterwards, you’ll feel how much effort it took, but while you’re racing it’s all about being synchronized and keeping your form.
Dragon boat racing may be an ancient sport with origins in China, but it’s now become a fast-growing international sport. There are over 50 annual dragon boat races across the United States, and you can find competitions in the UK, Europe, and of course, all over Asia.
CDBF uses two types of boats. The Taiwan, or “Flag Catcher” style, is popular with amateur teams like ones sponsored by local companies and organizations. The Hong Kong style boats are lower, lighter and faster, and are used by competitive teams including ones who come from out of town to race at CDBF. Both take 18 paddlers and feature a drummer; the Taiwan style of course also has a flag catcher who crouches at the bow and then climbs on the dragon’s head to snatch the flag at the end of the race!
We’re now accepting registrations for Race Teams, so get your friends, family and co-workers together and form teams. The races are fun, thrilling team-building experiences, and you’ll be hooked if you’ve never paddled at CDBF before!
Our races have grown obver the years, from 16 original teams to 50 or more in recent years.
We now own a fleet of two Taiwan-style “Flag Catcher” boats and six competitive, Hong Kong-style boats. The popular Flag Catcher teams fill up fast, so sign up now to reserve your space. You’ll be able to practice on water before the festival.
Leshner Del Rosario, who with his wife Sarah operates the award-winning Filipino food cart Orange Crunch (two-time winner of the CDBF Culinary Contest’s top honors), has been busy for over a month, planning and recruiting partners for Breweries & Foodies, a fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. The deadly storm ravaged the country in September, but now, months later, the need for support is just as critical for regions that are rebuilding from scratch.
Breweries & Foodies takes place Sunday Feb. 23 from 4-9 pm at 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver, 80230.
It’s a beer tasting event with great food (including Orange Crunch’s awesome empanadas) and live music as well as a hip-hop dance performance by Hype 303, a favorite of the CDBF Cultural Unity and Main Performing Arts Stages.
Here’s what you get for the admission cost ($45 in advance, $50 at the door):
*Custom event taster glass
*25 of Colorado’s BEST and New Breweries (unlimited 2-3 oz taster pours as supply permits)
*6 AWESOME Food Trucks (tickets to sample from each food truck plus a surprise from one of the food trucks)
*Take pictures inside the cockpits of amazing aircraft from 6pm-8pm
*Giveaways throughout the night of amazing prizes
*Chance to bid in silent auction of donated items from artwork, UFC training, lift tickets to beer and gear from local breweries and some not available in CO
*Live music from renowned band HeyLady! and performance by Hype 303 Dance Crew
*Celebrity emcees from our local news
*Knowledge that the cost of your ticket goes directly to Philippine typhoon relief.
More details are on the event’s Facebook Page.