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4 free race championships you need to see at the Dragon Boat Festival

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DH Vancouver Staff Jun 21, 2017 6:03 am 587

Are you ready for one of the biggest free racing events of the year?

The Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is coming to Concord Pacific Place next weekend from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25.

And that means you get to watch this summer’s highly-anticipated races across three days of the action-packed festival. The festival kicks off on June 23 with an all access Friday featuring teams racing for charities before moving on to international race championships on Saturday.

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Check out the festival on Saturday and watch from the banks of False Creek as athletes battle it out in the International Cup, starting at 1:30 pm. Local Canadian teams will be taking on challengers from the US, Czech Republic and China in a series of three races where the slowest team is eliminated in each race in the Concord Pacific Champion Race Series. Other featured races include:

  • The Grand Dragons Cup: this features races from award-winning teams so you can expect some light competitiveness in this one.
  • U24 Cup: see the up and coming athletes that are training right now to compete on global and national levels.
  • CIBC Breast Cancer Survivor race: this race shows the strength and hope of breast cancer survivors as they compete while raising awareness.
  • Steve Nash Fitness World Guts and Glory: This women-only two kilometre race is one you have to watch as you might even see some overturned boats.

With a ton of live music performances, a European-style Portobello Market, and plenty of food vendors, you’ll definitely find something fun to do when you take a break from race-watching. So whatever you do, be sure to get down to Concord Pacific Place early to get a good spot so you don’t miss out on any of the action at Vancouver’s premier Dragon Boat racing event.

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2017

When: June 23 to 25
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
Tickets: Not required – free event

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