Be a part of this exhilarating day of
Paddling to End Poverty
(with safe & affordable housing)
Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, all proceeds from the
Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival
go towards the non-profit's mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through safe and affordable homeownership in our community. Habitat Dutchess partners with hard-working families to build and repair homes so they can thrive. When homeowners thrive, communities thrive. When communities thrive, we all thrive. Participation in the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival directly supports that mission.
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, forty-two foot long dragon boats will be racing down the majestic Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, in head-to-head competition. Spectators, along with food and merchandise vendors, will line the shore during this day-long extravaganza.
Join the P*E*P* event by being a PADDLER, or a SPONSOR!
Race competition could be intense amongst serious paddlers,...or it could just be for fun amongst a group of friends and co-workers. All levels of paddlers are welcome and accommodated.
Register here, on this site, as a TEAM or as an individual paddler. The registration fees are:
- Sponsored Team of Paddlers: $1600*
- Community Team of Paddlers: $1300**
- Individual Paddler: $70***
See below for more detail.
THIS EVENT HAS TWO DIVISIONS: MENS DIVISION and MIXED DIVISION
There MUST be AT LEAST 6 women paddlers (drummer can be man or woman) for each race.
While this is a unique and exciting event, let’s all remember that the purpose of the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race is to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County. It is our sincerest hope that all paddlers will ask friends, families and co -workers to support the work of Habitat by sponsoring their participation. If each paddler could raise just $100, Habitat would have nearly half the funds needed to build a safe and affordable home. We need everyone’s help as we all work towards the vision of everyone in Dutchess County having a place to call home!
If a friend or family member is Paddling to End Poverty, please make a DONATION here today to show your support.
Consider pledging just 1¢/stroke!
Over the course of 3 races, paddlers will gut through about 2,000 strokes. That's $20 to sponsor a paddler for the 2019 Dutchess Dragon Boat Race to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County.
If you are a local business or organization and would like to know more about corporate sponsorship of The Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival, please send us an EMAIL today! We'll be very happy to share all the benefits and accomplishments of Corporate Sponsorship.
*Sponsored Teams are typically paid for by businesses or organizations. They will be acknowledged in a program guide, on the DDBR&F website (with link to their website) and on our social media pages. Sponsoring businesses will receive much public relations exposure! While there are only 16 paddlers on the boat for each race, teams can register up to 20 people and alternate paddlers in for each race (each time will have 3-4 races during the day).
**Community Team is a group of friends, family &/or co-workers that are participating for a good time and to support a worthwhile local cause. While there are only 16 paddlers on the boat for each race, teams can register up to 20 people and alternate paddlers in for each race (each time will have 3-4 races during the day).
***Individual Paddler is a person that would like to join a team!