Dragon Boat Race to Bring the Sarasota Community Together, One Beat at a Time

Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival

Sarasota, FL, (April 2018) – The Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival will bring both competitive and recreational teams to Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This is the first year that the event is part of Major Dragon Boat (MLDB), a racing series that brings camaraderie and spirit with a competitive edge to 10 cities across North America organized by GWN Dragon Boat.

The festival will welcome 30 dragon boat teams looking to gain competitive experience by racing in a world-class sports facility.  Everyone in the community is welcome to come cheer on the teams and discover the magic of 22 hearts beating as one. 

The day’s festivities are an opportunity to immerse the community in the culture and spirit of dragon boat racing, which dates back 2,500 years to ancient China. Beyond the competition on the water, festivalgoers can enjoy a bustling Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Food Truck Bazaar and a Mini Asian Festival presented by Asia Trend Magazine.

GWN Sarasota

The event is in support of In the Pink, an organization dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer both physically and emotionally. “In the Pink is very proud to partner with GWN to host the dragon boat festival in Sarasota. Many of our breast cancer clients paddle on the local team and we are glad they are out in the water, exercising and enjoying life. Part of our mission is to help survivor’s feel good about themselves and exercising in nature certainly helps with that,” Jeri Millard, Founder & CEO, In the Pink.Dragon Boat

All the action takes place from 9AM-3PM. Festivities are free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found at www.gwndragonboat.com/sarasota.


GWN Dragon Boat

GWN Dragon Boat (www.gwndragonboat.com) is North America’s largest full-service dragon boat event production company. GWN is contracted to provide varying levels of service to over 30 annual festivals in Canada and the United States. GWN is the creator and owner of the only dragon boat event series in North America, Major League Dragon Boat, producing 10 festival properties throughout the year.  Since its inception in 1993, GWN has been involved in the production of both National and International level competitions, the execution of over 450 festivals, and has been the leader in developing the sport in local communities across North America. For more information, visit:  www.gwndragonboat.com

GWN In the Pink Dragon BoatABOUT IN THE PINK

In the Pink is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive effects of cancer both physically and emotionally. They provide an extensive range of products, such as post-surgical garments, mastectomy prosthesis/bras, wigs, scarves, hats, skincare for radiation, lymphedema garments, and free yoga. For those with insurance, we file the claims for them. For those that have Medicaid or are uninsured, they are provided the items needed for free. For more information, visit: https://jaxinthepink.com