Announcements

Check back here regularly!

May 19, 2024: We have a hat sponsor!!! Please give a shout out to Acabay for stepping up their sponsorship this year. Participants will receive their hats on Festival day!

May 10, 2024New housing/hotel options for Sport and Breast Cancer Teams added. See below.

April 1, 2024: Registration is open!!!

Community teams can register by paying the team fee (credit card or check) or have your participants pay individually when they register.
Sport and Breast Cancer teams will pay the team fee (credit card or check) when they register.

March 18, 2024:   Registration opens April 1!

For All Teams & Paddlers

Scroll down for special information for Community Teams/Paddlers and even further down for Sport & Breast Cancer Teams/Paddlers

Details for the Three Racing Division Types

Community Teams: Teams that are formed for the purpose of this racing event only.

  • 16 paddlers, one drummer. We provide the steersperson/coach.
  • Entry fee is $50 per participant, $850 per team. Can pay as a team or individually.
  • Fundraising commitment of $75 per participant.
  • 200m races on Sunday.
  • Includes 1-1/2 hour practice session and Festival t-shirt.

Sport Teams: Teams that practice together regularly outside of this event. May include teams that are hybrid BCS, ACS, supporters.

  • 20 paddlers, one drummer (teams may compete with as frew as 16 paddlers. We strongly prefer you bring your own steer. Let us know if there are issues with your team composition.
  • Team entry fee is $1200.
  • 500m races on Saturday, 200m races on Sunday.
  • Teams that raise $750 by June 1 get free Festival t-shirts for all team members.

Breast Cancer Teams: Teams that are comprised 100% of breast cancer survivors, including drummers and steers, AND practice regularly outside of this event.

  • 20 paddlers, one drummer (teams may compete with as few as 16 paddlers). We strongly prefer you bring your own steer. Let us know if there are issues with your team composition.
  • To qualify for BCP Division medals, your team (from drummer to steer) must be breast cancer survivors.
  • Team entry fee is $1200.
  • 500m races on Saturday, 200m races on Sunday.
  • Teams that raise $750 by June 1 get free Festival t-shirts for all team members.

Safety Information

The Festival is held rain or shine.  There is no “rain date.”  Delays, evacuations, or other changes to race details are possible due to the following:

  • Lightning
  • Dangerously High Waves.

Be informed...read the full safety plan here.

Information for Community Teams & Paddlers

Are you a paddler without a team?

Sign up as a Free Agent Paddler and we'll find a team for you that needs to fill some seats.

  • Join the Free Agents team at registration. 
  • Pay the $50 entry fee and sign the fundraising commitment.
  • We will follow up with you to see if you have connections with any of our existing teams and make the best match we can for you. If we can't place you on a team by July 17, we will refund your fee and cancel your fundraising commitment.
  • Join your new team for Practice Weekend on July 20th or 21st.

Practice Weekend Information

We sure hope you're going to make to our practice weekend on July 20-21...especially if you are a new team or paddler.

Check with your captain for your team's time. 

Can't make practice when your team is scheduled? Let us know if you would like to come practice with another team at an alternate time on practice weekend.

Athlete's Village

  • Each team will be assigned a 15' x 15' space in our Athlete's Village. We try to group teams together by employer or industry whenever we can.
  • We do not provide tents for your team, please plan to bring your own.
  • Decorating your tent space to match your team's "theme" could win you our Best Team Tent Site Spirit Award. Get creative@
  • Tents can be set up beginning at 3:00 p.m. Site security is provided for overnight, but we do not recommend leaving any valuables or easily removed items (like chairs and coolers).
  • We'll put a link to our ATHLETE'S VILLAGE MAP right here when we get teams assigned.

Information for Sport and Breast Cancer Teams

Schedule

Sport and Breast Cancer teams will race the 500m distance on Saturday afternoon. Specific times TBD based on the final number of teams that register. We expect to begin somewhere around 12:30 and be done by around 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday you join with our Community Teams on the 200m course and feel the excitement of our Festival Day. Racing starts at 8:30 for BC Teams and should be completed by about Noon. Sport team racing is interspersed with Community Teams, beginning after the BCS is done their first round and continuing through early after noon. We end our day with the Community Team finals, so you'll be done before our predicted end at 4:00 p.m..

Athlete's Village

  • Each team will be assigned a 15' x 15' space in our Athlete's Village. Sport and Breast Cancer teams will be grouped together.
  • Bring your team banner to identify your club's space.
  • We do not provide tents for your team, please plan to bring your own.
  • Tents can be set up upon arrival on Saturday. Site security is provided for overnight, but we do not recommend leaving any valuables or easily removed items (like chairs and coolers).

Why should you fundraise for our Charities?

Even though our Festival is the primary fundraiser for Dragonheart Vermont, we do not require our Sport or Breast Cancer teams to fundraise.

But, here's why your team should!

2024 Festival T-shirt

We have great Festival t-shirts! If your team raises $750 by June 1, we'll give them to your whole team for FREE!!! If you don't fundraise at all or don't make that goal by the deadline, you can purchase them at $5 off regular price at our DragonMart using a coupon we'll give your captain once you're onsite.

 

Overnight Lodging for Sport & BCP Teams

We have hotel room blocks reserved at discounted rates at:

  • Best Western PLUS Windjammer Inn
  • Hampton by Hilton Burlington-Colchester
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Burlington
  • Holiday Inn Express, Shelburne Road

Looking for a less expensive option? Check out the housing at Champlain College--but these aren't your typical college dorms!

Lodging Options Details