November 28, 2007 Chattanooga Jumps to Top of 2008 Dragon Boat Race Calendar

Dynamic Events and Management (www.racedragonboats.com)announced the schedule of 4 festivals it will event manage in the 2008 season, up from 3 races the firm produced in 2007. In 2008, the race in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the second annual, will jump to the top of the race calendar, with a one day race festival set for April 19.

Dragon Boats at the 2007 Chattanooga Races

One of the 2007 races at Chattanooga

During a busy 2007 season, DEM produced festivals in three cities (Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities in Tennessee), 108 teams, at least 2,160 paddlers and more than $200,000 raised for charity. In 2007, DEM was granted the rights to host U.S. National Dragon Boat Racing Championships in 2010. Thanks to a reputation for producing a fair, well organized race, DEM has gotten attention in every venue.

Dragon Boat Racers embark and disembark at the 2007 Chattanooga Races

Racers embark and disembark at Chattanooga, 2007

In addition to the first race in Chattanooga on April 19, The inaugural Charleston festival will be held early in the season (May 3), the 6th annual Knoxville festival will be held June 28 and the 3rd annual Tri-Cities festival will be held September 13.

“When the Charleston Metro Sports Council is approached with a new sports event idea, we use a checklist to assess the feasibility... Amazingly, the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival scores were ‘off the page.’” commented Kathleen Cartland, Executive Director, Charleston Metro Sports Council.

drummer at the 2007 Chattanooga Dragon Boat races

A drummer for a Dragon Boat at the 2007 Chattanooga Festival

You can see more photos of the 2007 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival at RE Smith Photo.


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