Dragon Boat Race

The White River is an important, underused resource in Indianapolis. This event is designed to increase awareness about the River and raise money to protect and improve it and its tributaries.

The inaugural White River Dragon Boat Race is an opportunity to raise funds for the White River Alliance and enjoy a safe, fun, community-wide competition on this one-of-a-kind resource in Indianapolis.

The Race

The dragon boats are coming to Indy as part of the 8th Annual White River Festival. The event serves as the Alliance’s annual fundraiser, helping to protect and improve our water.

Dragon boat racing originated over 2000 years ago in China where the tradition remains strong, and it’s popularity in the West has been growing since the 1970s. The ultimate team sport, dragon boats are 46-foot long vessels propelled by a coordinated crew of 22 – 20 paddlers, a drummer who keeps the pace, and a steerer who guides the craft.

Paddling has gained popularity for women recovering from breast cancer and survivor teams can be found all over the world. This race is co-sponsored by Indy’s own SurviveOars, a BCS team with headquarters at Geist Reservoir.

Indy’s race will occur at White River State Park with races running from the New York Street bridge toward the pedestrian bridge between WRSP and the Indianapolis Zoo.


The inaugural Dragon Boat Race is planned for September 29, 2018 in Indianapolis at White River State Park.

Opening ceremonies will start at 8:00am with races beginning at 8:30am. Festivities will include early to mid-afternoon depending on the competition.

Practice sessions with professional trainers will be scheduled for each team September 26-28. All teams are required to attend one practice session. Get priority choice by increasing your sponsorship level! Click HERE for full sponsorship details.

Team Captains have additional responsibilities. Detail can be found in the Captain’s Packet (coming shortly).

Race a Dragon Boat

Single-team Participating Sponsorships cost $1500 and include additional benefits. Supporting Sponsorships cost $5000 and include TWO boat teams.

Special thanks to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, White River Vision Plan

For full sponsorship and event details, please see the Sponsors Packet. Teams can register online or submit the forms in the packet to the White River Alliance.

Registration closes September 12!


Register your TEAM using the link below! REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


Contact Scott Minor, scott@thewhiteriveralliance.org