2018 ICF Dragon Boat World Championships Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier Olympic Park will host the largest International sporting event in the area since the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Join us in welcoming the world to Gainesville-Hall County Sept. 12-16, 2018! Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.
The organizing committee for the 2018 ICF Dragon Boat World Championship invites you to explore the sport of dragon boat racing, which dates back more than 2,000 years. With ancient Chinese origins, the first participants were Chinese villagers who held races in the belief it would show worship to the dragon, a traditional symbol of water. Today, the sport is fast and exciting with crews of either 10 or 20 paddling to the beat of a drum over a set distance.
World Championships have been held in Russia, Poland, Italy, and Hungary. The 2018 event is the first ICF World Championship in the Americas, and we are thrilled to invite the world to come and experience the excitement and grandeur of the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA USA.
Nestled in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains and less than an hour from Atlanta, Lake Lanier Olympic Park and its home of Gainesville, Georgia USA are well equipped to welcome the world having served as a championship venue for paddle sport since the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
The pristine natural racecourse has been hailed as the most perfect race water in the world. With over 3,000 meters of flat water, Lake Lanier Olympic Park provides a unique and unforgettable racing experience for athletes of all skill levels.
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