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Registration Information

Sign up for one of the most exciting festivals on the Midwest dragon boat calendar. It's easy to get involved in the races. All you need is 20 of your friends and/or co-workers to form a team, and get ready for race day.

What does a Team Entry include?

Besides the promise of a thrill like no other, your team entry includes 3 x 500m races. Teams that belong to an organization or industry will have the opportunity to participate in a bonus race, known as an Industry Cup*. Be sure to select an industry during registration so you are included!

Teams have the option to choose an entry to include a team practice. Practices are held at Flentie Park from Monday July 7 to Friday July 25th . A coach, along with all equipment, will be provided.

*Eligibility for Industry Cup Races: 70% or more of your paddlers must be part of the same industry in order to be eligible for that industry cup race. The top 6 seeded crews from each Industry category, based on each crew’s first round time from Saturday morning races will advance to their Industry race.


 2015 Team Registration Fees
Category Number of Races

Price Before Jan 1st* 

Price Before May 1st*Price After May 1st
Mixed/Women's/Open Team without practice 3 $695$795$895
Mixed/Women's/Open Team with practice
3 $795$895$995
Mixed Team (Out-of-State)
3 $700$700
Combination Unisex Team
(Team consists of all paddlers participating in a primary team). To get this rate, please call the GWN office (416-962-8899)
2 $350$350$350

Registration Add-Ons
Each team registered at the festival will get a 10 x 10 team site. Teams have the option to bring their own tent or rent one from GWN. In addition to tents, chairs, tables and a personal washroom are also available. See below for pricing.


10' x 10' Tent
$285 USD
10' x 20' Tent
$400 USD
20' x 20' Tent
$550 USD
Chair Rental
$5 USD
Table Rental
$15 USD
Private Washroom
$200 USD


How to Register

Registering for the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo is easy and can be done online! The first step in signing up your team is to designate one person as the Team Captain and create an account on

How to Register A Crew

Only one person can register a team online. They are known as the team captain. This person will be in charge of managing the team’s registration and will be the key contact for bookings and festival communications.

To register a team, the team captain must have an online account on To create an account, you will need a valid email address. If an account already exists, please login using your email address and password.

Once logged in, click on Events for a full event listing. Select the event you'd like to race in and the race class. For more information about different race classes and to see which one your crew fits in, visit our FAQs. Continue to follow the registration process prompts until you are at the payment page.

GWN accepts credit card and cheque payments. If paying by credit card, choose either Visa or Mastercard. If paying by cheque, choose the cheque option and mail payment to:

Great White North Communications, Inc.
49 Bathurst Street, Suite 101
Toronto, ON M5V 2P2

Early Bird Pricing will only be honoured if payment is received within 15 day from the date of registration. A team registration is not secured until full payment is received at least 2 weeks before race day.

Cancellation Policy
We understand that sometimes things happen and a team has to cancel. A non-refundable fee of $250.00 plus HST will be deducted from the team fees before a refund can be issued.