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Drums and Dragons Event

Please visit our event website to register a team, help us fundraise with CrowdRise, or to volunteer.

Save the Date! The Inaugural CarePartners Foundation Dragon Boat Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 9 amIn addition to parking at Lake Julian, we will offer a free shuttle service from the CarePartners PACE Building at 286 Overlook Road in South Asheville.  Lake Julian is located at 406 Overlook Road Ext. Arden, NC 28704.  Our Hospitality Shelter is located beside the children’s playground at Shelter #3.  Please bring your own food for an awesome day of tailgating.  There are several local restaurants nearby.  Throughout the day there will be off water events for your enjoyment. 

For practice schedules and race day schedules, please visit

Teams will compete on Lake Julian in Arden, NC. Now is the time to form teams and get registered! You will need twenty paddlers, one drummer, and three or four alternates (not required). Each team will designate a captain to coordinate the team. Teams can be sponsored by a corporation or individual team members can contribute to the registration fee of $1,500.  “We wanted to do something that was different and new”, Scott Buchanan, CarePartners Foundation CEO, said in a news release for, “and it was important to us that it was also focused on health and wellness.  The beauty of dragon boat racing is that even non-athletes can participate, and it truly is a lot of fun.”  The public is encouraged to attend and cheer on teams.

Buchanan states that “All the proceeds from this event will benefit vulnerable people in our communities.   CarePartners Foundation helps strengthen hospice, programs for grieving children, nursing care for children experiencing perinatal substance exposure, and support for fragile seniors, among so many other services.  Teams can even designate the money they raise for those causes closest to their hearts.”

Questions? Contact Amanda Cantrell at or 828.989.5067.

With origins dating back 2,300 years, dragon boat racing is the most fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Teams race in authentic 46-foot-long, Hong Kong-style dragon boats.   Traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta of China’s Guangdong Province, dragon boats were originally raced competitively between villages.  They rave about the excitement, friendly competition, and community spirit surrounding the sport.

Never paddled a boat? No problem! Our team of experts will show you everything you need to know. Your team will have fun laughing and learning together. All ages, skill levels, and physiques perfect their stroke and timing for the ultimate teamwork experience!

People love it – the thrill, the teamwork, the adrenaline, the costumes, the interaction in the boat – everything. People are drawn to this sport, to each other in a setting that exemplifies human connectivity on a level comparable to nothing else. People who never thought of themselves as athletes can thrive in a dragon boat, and people who are athletes discover a challenging alternative to general sports.

Please “like” our event FaceBook page, Drums and Dragons , where we will have frequent updates and more information.

To volunteer for this event, please visit the online schedule to view schedule openings and sign up.

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