Race Day Information

Schedule of Events

Time Event
5:30 AM Parking Opens
6:00 AM Venue Opens
6:00 AM Registrar Opens for Team Check In
6:20 AM Mandatory Team Captain’s Meeting to be followed by Steerer’s Meeting
6:30 AM Off-site Parking and Shuttles Open
6:55 AM Steerers Meeting
7:00 AM Blessing of the Boats by Buddhist Monks
7:05 AM Marshalling Opens for Heat 1
7:15 AM National Anthem
7:30 AM Dragon Boat Races Begin
12:00 PM Opening Ceremonies Begin
1:20 PM Raffle Drawing
1:25 PM Finals Begin
3:40 PM Awards Ceremony


Lake Lanier Olympic Venue

3105 Clarks Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506

Written Directions
  • Take 85North to 985North
  • From 985North, Exit #24 (Gainesville)
  • Take a left off of the exit (Jesse Jewel Parkway)
  • Take a right at Limestone Rd. (The street sign is hidden but you will see a brown sign for Lanier Canoe and Kayak Rowing prior to the road). This will be at the second traffic light.
  • Take a right at Clark’s Bridge Rd. (For reference, it will be the road right after you pass Winn Dixie and a shopping center with Domino’s Pizza on your right-hand side)
  • Continue on Clark’s Bridge Rd. and you will see the lake and the venue on the right-hand side…and the boathouse will be on the left-hand side. You can’t miss it because you will see the Finish Line Tower at on the water’s edge and a huge balloon with a banner advertising the Dragon Boat Races.

NOTE – Travel time from the intersection of 400 and 285 is right at 50 minutes doing the speed limit.

Satellite Parking Lot Instructions

There is limited parking at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park. All parking at the venue is $10 per car if paid with cash. If you choose to use a credit card, the payment will be $15 to cover the extra fees.

We encourage you to carpool as much as possible. We will have one off-site lot available with two shuttles running throughout the day beginning at 6:30 a.m. The cost for the shuttle is $2.00 per person (cash only) for unlimited shuttle service. Please note that your money will be collected when you exit the shuttle at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

New Haven Church:

615 White Sulphur Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501

Directions to New Haven Church from Interstate 985:

  • Via I-985 from I-85 Take Exit 24
  • turn left on Jesse Jewell Parkway
  • Turn right onto White Sulphur Rd.
  • New Haven is just up the hill on your left.

Directions to New Haven Church from 400:

  • Via 400 from Atlanta Exit right at SR 369- Browns Bridge Rd.
  • Follow SR 369 through Gainesville until you reach White Sulphur Rd (just past Kroger Marketplace, Chick-fil-A, and Quick Trip)
  • Take a left on White Sulphur Rd.
  • New Haven is just up the hill on your left.

Gainesville, GA Hotel Options

The Dragon Boat Festival has negotiated the following special rates for nearby hotels. Click the hotel image for more details and click the button to reserve at the special rate. If you need to secure a block of rooms for your team, please contact Connie Little with Meeting Street Meeting as the group rooms coordinator. Connie Little / 678-591-4003 / [email protected]

Dragon Boat Rule of Construction

The following rules shall be read and interpreted consistently with each other and shall be read and interpreted to foster the purpose of fair competition and sportsmanship.