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Ascend Greater Atlanta: 2015 Dragon Boat Festival
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When: Saturday, September 12th
6:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue
3105 Clarks Bridge Road
Gainesville, Georgia  30506
United States

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Ascend Greater Atlanta is seeking out paddlers to participate in Atlanta's 2015 Dragon Boat Festival. Does the thought of a challenge and competition excite you? What about meeting new people and spending time outdoors? Ascend has an opportunity for you!


20th Annual Dragon Boat Festival, involving over 50 dragon boat teams this year and over 5,000 spectators and participants competing in the recreational, collegiate, high school, international, manufacturing and financial race categories among others. The festival attracts strong support and partnership from local businesses like UPS, The Home Depot, PepsiCo, AT&T, State Farm, Accenture, Hisense, and SunTrust.

T-Shirt Design!

Also, because this is the 20th Annual Dragon Boat Race, the festival is holding a T-Shirt Design contest with prizes from $150 - $50 for 1st through 3rd place. For anyone interested in submitting a design for this year’s Ascend T-Shirts, please contact Elizabeth Nunes at


At least 20 paddlers and one steersperson are needed to race a dragon boat representing Ascend. Ascend members and their spouses/significant others and friends are welcome to join the team.

When & Where

The festival will take place on Saturday, September 12th at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506 from 6:45 AM to 5:00 PM, with races starting at 7:45 AM.

Prior to the event, there may be a dragon boat practice held that will occur with a supervised leader. The practice will take place at Lake Lanier (across street from the Olympic Venue). We will keep you posted on the practice date. The practice sessions are not mandatory but are great for team-building in preparation for the competition and great exercise!


A great opportunity to share Ascend team spirit in the local community; to network with people internally and externally; to enjoy exciting and fun outdoor activities with colleagues, friends and family members; to learn about Chinese culture (there is a beautiful legend behind the Dragon Boat Racing tradition!).

How to Register

If you are interested in participating, please submit your name and the waiver form (to be provided separately) to or Meraj Dhamani ( by Wednesday September 9th. The team captain has to print out the forms and bring them to the event at 6:45AM before the rest of the team gets there! Upon registration to participate, additional detailed information will be sent to you directly.

Volunteers Needed!

The Dragon Boat Festival is a fun-filled day with games, dances and participation by local community groups. Ascend Greater Atlanta is in need of a group of motivated individuals to assist with coordinating table operations on the day of the event, which include arranging handouts/brochures with information about Ascend for distribution to the passerby, setting up Ascend banner stand, organizing game(s) (i.e. spin the wheel or similar) along with Ascend prizes to distribute to the public. If you are interested in attending and representing Ascend Greater Atlanta at this exciting event, please submit your name to or Suraj Amarnani at

Thanks and hope to see you all at the 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival for a fun-filled day! For more information about the Dragon Boat Festival, please visit

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