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Saturday 05.11.2024

Dragon Boat Race & Festival
Point Mallard Aquatic Center Beach

The Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Dragon Boat Race and Festival is a premier sporting event each year, drawing participants and attendees from throughout the region for a day of exciting, friendly competition in an atmosphere fueled with community spirit.

Spectators gather on the Point Mallard Aquatic Center Beach to cheer on their favorite teams, who board 46-feet-long traditional Hong Kong-style dragon boats for a race along the Tennessee River. Each team consists of 22 people, with a drummer at the front, 20 seated rowers, and a steerer in the back. Dragon boat racing originated more than 2,300 years ago and creates a spectacle like no other with colorful boats, drumming rhythms, and unique paddling stroke. For more information about dragon boat racing, visit

Quick Facts

  • All ages and skill levels are welcome to join this ultimate teamwork experience and help raise funds for Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation’s important mission.
  • Every paddler who raises at least $100 or team who reaches their $2,500 goal receives an event t-shirt.
  • Leading up to the race, paddlers raise donations among friends and family. Each team sets a goal of raising $2,500, with an award given to the team who raises the most money.
  • We count on team captains to encourage giving and for collecting and turning in all donations, with checks made out to Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation.

Thank you to our Dragon Boat Race and Festival Sponsors!