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April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle

What better way to blast off the MLDB series than with a trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast? Welcoming both competitive and recreational teams, this new event launches the dragon boat season in Sarasota.

Everyone ages 12+ are invited to take part. Gather 24 of your friends, co-workers, church friends, family, etc. and form a team! Boats, life-vests, paddles and coaches are provided…you provide the fun! Race distances include 200m and 500m events for Sport and Community Division teams, with the addition of the ever-thrilling 2k pursuit for Sport Division teams only. Interested teams are required to sign up in advance for a fee. Various entrant/team fees. Beer garden, food vendors, Health & Wellness Village and more. This event is open to the public for free. $5 parking (cash only). This festival benefits the local non-profit, In the Pink. For more information call  904-534-3266. Join in on the fun and get bit by the dragon!

Nathan Benderson Park features a 400 acre lake built to FISA specifications. In 2017, the multi-use sports venue hosted the World Rowing Championships, so teams can expect the best racing conditions come race day!

Festival grounds offer something for everyone. Spectators can take in the action and follow the excitement of racing while learning about the sport of dragon boat. Another point of interest is the Health and Wellness Village, where participants and spectators can receive products and services to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Families are invited to bring their children to come spend time at the races and enjoy the outdoors.