Registration for the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival

DB-AITP website Logo.JPGRegistration is on for the ninth year of the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival! With thousands of attendees, multiple vendors and a full day of family-friendly activities, the festival has become one of the city's most popular events. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 6th, 2014 for this really fun day!

The Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival will host up to 50 teams, and for each participant to receive a 2014 commemorative event paddle, they must raise a minimum of $250. We are excited to announce that this year's festival benefits Niswonger Children's Hospital.

Directed and coached by a steersman standing in the rear of the boat, each team races a distance of 200 meters in an attempt to earn the fastest time. Every team will compete in two heats, with the fastest teams competing a third time in the championship round.

Special Thanks to Our Presenting Sponsors:
First Tennessee Foundation Cartridge World Mullican Flooring NN, Inc. Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. Pepsi

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Practice Week

Practice Week must be scheduled by calling our office:  423-302-3131 

Tues, Wed & Thurs, September 2-4, 2014
Sonny's Marina on Boone Lake
3:00pm until dark

Friday, September 5, 2014
Winged Deer Park
3:00pm until dark

Tent City set-up is Friday, September 5, 2014 beginning at 2:30pm


Saturday, September 6, 2014
8:30am to closing ceremonies
(usually around 4pm)
Winged Deer Park
Johnson City, Tennessee

After August 1st, registration fees for boats:

Corporate Team - $900
Community Team - $850
Non-Profit Organization - $850


What is Dragon Boat Racing?

Directed and coached by a steersman standing in the rear of the boat, each team races a distance of 200 meters in an attempt to earn the fastest time. Every team will compete in two heats, with the top 18 fastest combined times from Heat 1 and Heat 2 will compete a third time in the championship round.

The History of Mountain States Foundation Dragon Boat Races

Began in 2006, the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival has been become one of the most successful regional events by proudly raising well over $600,000!  Many different areas of Mountain States Health Alliance have benefitted by these funds:

2006-2008 - all proceeds went to building and supporting the new Niswonger Children's Hospital

2009 - proceeds were used to purchase Kangaroo Rockers for Niswonger Children's Hospital

2010 - the MSHA HeartCoach was purchased with Festival proceeds

2011 - 2013 monies raised - almost $300,000 - have benefited Mountain States Health Alliance's Oncology Services!

2014 Dragon Boat Festival proceeds will go to Niswonger Children's Hospital.

The History of Dragon Boat Races

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of China's most spectacular traditions. According to legend, Qu Yuan, a well-respected counselor of the Emperor, decided to drown himself in the Miluo River rather than live under the laws of a corrupt government. Onlookers frantically pounded the water with their oars and paddles to keep evil spirits away from his body. Today, this legend is re-enacted by Dragon Boat Festivals all around the world.


Top Participants
  1 -  Jonathan Adams ($4,730.65)
  2 -  Tracy Fleenor ($3,550.00)
  3 -  Susan Gregory ($3,500.00)
  4 -  Kevin Brooks ($1,950.00)
  5 -  Katie Sheets ($1,000.00)
  6 -  James Gregory ($1,000.00)
  7 -  Jeff Clinebell ($980.00)
  8 -  Beth Dosser ($800.00)
  9 -  James Shannon ($610.00)
  10 -  Mary Mayle ($565.00)
Our Teams - click on team name to donate or join
Special Thanks to All Other Sponsors:
Carnagie Hotel Computer Pros of Bristol, Greeneville and Elizibethton Dragon Boat East Funville JC Parks Sonnys Marina and Cafe Tri Cities Boating Club Waste Management

Mountain States Foundation

2335 Knob Creek Road, Suite 101 • Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
Phone: (423) 302-3131 • Fax: (423) 282-3906
Directions to Our Office

Niswonger Childrens Hospital

This year, the event will benefit the development of the new epilepsy monitoring unit at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. An epilepsy monitoring unit or EMU is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that aids neurology and neurosurgery specialists in evaluating and diagnosing more complex seizure disorders, and in determining the best treatment options for each patient. Niswonger Children’s Hospital serves more than 200,000 children in a four-state, 29-county region. The goal of Niswonger Children's Hospital is to provide safe and child-friendly care that is centered on the patient and family. We really appreciate your consideration in helping us to support this crucial care facility for the kids in our region.

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