Are you up for a challenge?
Join our Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, September 23!

Register Today

The arrival of September means that it’s time to prepare for our 18th annual Challenge the Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, September 23rd. This is a signature fundraising event for United Way and we hope you will join us!

The excitement is already building, and we are thrilled to share Ley Wealth Management Group CIBC Wood Gundy as our new Presenting Sponsor. Gord Ley is a past United Way campaign chair, an annual dragon boat participant, and we welcome his generous support. This year, Gord is leading the way by filling a couple of dragon boats and he is encouraging the community to do the same.

Are you up for the challenge? Do you enjoy the excitement and energy that comes from trying something new? We are looking to bring back divisional races between community groups, schools, financial institutions, fitness clubs, industries, service clubs and more, but we need you to join us!

Registration for the event is $800 per team (20 people) or $40 per paddler which guarantees you 3 races throughout the day. If you want to register, but don’t have enough people to fill the boat, just let us know, or register a half boat (10 people) and we will fill the rest! If you’ve never been in a dragon boat before, no problem; you’ll have an opportunity to join a practice session the week before.

Since 2000, more than $470,000 has been raised through this one-day event, and donations to Northumberland United Way stay in our community. Last year, one in four people in Northumberland County were able to access a United Way funded program or service. This real change has been made possible by you.

By supporting Northumberland United Way and our annual Challenge the Dragon Boat Festival, you are helping to build a stronger more vibrant community that we can all be proud to call home.

Register your team today, then send out the challenge to other community leaders to do the same! This is a great opportunity to motivate your staff, build teamwork, and support your community at the same time.

Registration Package
Waiver & Pledge Form
Under 18 Permission Form

For more information, please see the registration package and poster, call (905) 372-6955 or contact Dianne Turk at We’re looking forward to another great day on the water, and we hope you can join us!

Do you want to join but don’t have a team? Register as an individual and we will place you on a team!

Register to paddle!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

8AM – 3PM


Cobourg Marina and Cobourg Yacht Club


$40/person or $800/team