Dragon Boats

Join us August 18th! Immunize Nevada is proud to be the charity partner for the Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival, returning to the Sparks Marina in AugustNot only do we receive a portion of the proceeds, but teams can pledge to support our life-saving programs. Learn more about and donate to the Pledges for Paddling program.

The 2nd annual Northern Nevada Dragon Boat Festival celebrates ancient Chinese culture, sport and the natural wonders of the Reno-Sparks region. Dragon boat racing consists of up to 20 members in a boat with a steer and a drummer. Wondering about Dragon Boats? Watch this quick video to find out more! Our media sponsor KOLO 8 News Now, provides this day-of event coverage

Who Can Race?

Social groups and businesses alike embrace the sport of dragon boating as it builds camaraderie and a sense of “team” through participation in the sport. Dragon boat teams are created from local organizations and special interest groups, while others are just teams of family and friends looking for a fun activity outdoors! No experience is necessary and all shapes, sizes and physical abilities can paddle. The festival promotes health and wellness, community engagement, and team building.

  • Breaks down barriers between people, inspiring positive communication as teammates cheer each other on
  • Encourages employee mental and physical health through a commitment to fitness and each other
  • Fosters a collective feeling of pride and accomplishment after teams complete a race
  • A change in environment is helpful to renew energy and creativity, boosting productivity upon returning to the workplace

Registration is open and runs from $845-$1,045 with discounts for early sign ups. The cost includes spots for 16 to 20 paddlers and drummer, the boat, life vests, paddles, and team tent on race day. Visit the Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival page for more information or fill out this quick form to receive information about registration, sponsorship, and vendor opportunities. You can also download the vendor form here

Hear what past participants have to say about the 2017 event:

"It's a great outdoor event that makes for a fun employee/team building day for other businesses."

"It was a blast, it was different from other local events, and it created a sense of team spirit"

"The event was well organized, friendly competition, (enjoyed) meeting colleagues and partners within the community."