United Way of Sevier County's Annual Dragon Boat Race

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DRUMS ON THE DAM

I had a good time.
It was a lot of fun,
not only with my team,
but with everyone.
The exercise
was good also.

TINA SISTRUNK / 2016 PARTICIPANT

2nd Annual United Way Dragon Boat Race

Join us Saturday, August 5th, as the United Way of Sevier County celebrates the 2nd Annual Drums on the Dam Dragon Boat Race at Douglas Dam Headwater Campground on beautiful Douglas Lake in Sevierville, TN.

Crews of 20 rowers, a drummer and professional steerer race in authentic 46-foot Hong Kong-style boats in three heats during this high energy, adrenaline pumping event. Competitors rave about the excitement, family-friendly competition and community spirit surrounding the sport. All skill levels and physiques learn to perfect their stroke and timing for the ultimate experience in teamwork! Dragon boat racing serves as a great team building experience for companies, youth groups and teachers, as well as individuals.

All teams commit to raise funds to support United Way's community partners. Forming a team is easy and we can't wait to have you join us this year. Mark your calendar!

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SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, August 5 at Douglas Dam in Sevierville, Tennessee

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Drums on the Dam will include many local businesses, community organizations, out-of-town teams and teams of friends and family looking to take home the coveted trophy!

Among the competition and festivities will be an opening ceremony, race heats, the drummer's parade, live music at lunch and the closing ceremony which includes the awards presentation.

WE WANT YOU!

How you can participate in the 2017 Drums on the Dam

JOIN A TEAM

No experience is required! Included in your team's registration is a practice session where you will be shown how to paddle and race. Dynamic Dragon Boats provides all the necessary equipment: boats, paddles, life preservers, a drum and a professional steerperson.

BE A SPONSOR

Drums on the Dam is supported by generous community and business partners. We endeavor to find sponsors to underwrite the cost so that 100% of the paddler donations go back to the Sevier County community through the nonprofit organizations that the United Way of Sevier county supports.

VOLUNTEER ON RACE DAY

Volunteers help make all of our events a success. Other than set up and tear down, we need helping hands to aid in parking, registration, acting as team liaisons, loading and unloading boats and monitoring the kids' zone on race day.

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Do you know?

Drums on the Dam trivia

More than 50 million people competed in a Dragon Boat Race in the last year. Don't miss out on one of the fastest growing team sports.

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ORIGIN

Dragon Boat racing
celebrates the life of
the Chinese poet
Qu Yuan who drowned
in the Miluo River.
The villagers tried to
recover his body by
paddling out on boats.

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TEAMWORK

Teams will
typically paddle
at a rate of
60 to 85 strokes
per minute.
Each race
covers a distance
of 200 yards.

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THE BOAT

The typical
length of a Dragon
Boat is 46 feet.
Each team has
20 paddlers,
a drummer and
steerperson.

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THE SPORT

The International
Dragon Boat
Federation
governs the sport,
which has clubs
in more than
60 countries.

REGISTER YOUR TEAM

Registration ends Friday, July 21, 2017

Register your team online at our secure site; or fill out the Team Registration Form and submit your payment. The fee to register a team is $2,000. If you want to be a paddler but don't have a team to join and are willing to serve as an alternate, your name will be placed on a list that we will coordinate for individual paddlers. Cost per individual is $50.

2017 DRUMS ON THE DAM SPONSORS

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