Waggin' for Dragons

Front Royal’s 4th Annual Dragon Boat Race to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County is held on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at the Front Royal Golf Course Landing. The event features friendly competitions between community and corporate teams. Waggin’ for Dragons will attract over 400 athletes and hundreds of spectators to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, just north of Front Royal, VA. The event is free to spectators.

Race Day

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Trolley #1 begins running at 8:00 AM from the auxiliary parking lot in front of Walmart at 10 Riverton Commons Drive to the boat landing at the Front Royal Golf Club.

Trolley #2 begins running at 8:00 AM from the Target parking lot at 10 Crooked Run Plaza to the boat landing at the Front Royal Golf Club.

Team Captains Meeting: 9:00 AM
Opening Eye Dotting Ceremony: 9:15 AM
Race: 9:30 AM-3 PM
Closing Ceremonies to follow

Place: Front Royal Country Club 902 Country Club Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630

Race Day is on Saturday, August 01, 2020. The day begins at 9 am. Each team is assigned a 20’ x 20’ space to serve as their official gathering point and is greeted by a volunteer Team Ambassador. Each paddler will race 2 or 3 times. Food stands will be on site. The event is open to the public and is well attended by friends and family of the paddlers as well as animal shelter supporters and the general public. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair. Races and all activities wrap up at approximately 3 pm when the Closing Ceremonies take place and winning teams and top fundraisers are announced.


Top 3: There are bronze, silver, and gold medals awarded to the top 3 competing teams. The first place team receives a trophy to display for the year.


What is Dragon Boat Racing?

Dragon Boat racing originated in Southern China and started gaining popularity in North America in the 1970s. It is the fastest growing water sport in the world. Each boat holds 20 paddlers, 1 steer person, and one drummer (who sits on the front of the boat facing the crew and keeps the beat). The challenge of dragon boat racing lies in the synchronization of the paddlers' strokes, not in the paddlers’ strength. All 20 paddlers, regardless of experience or skill level, paddle together for the dragon boat to gain momentum and glide through the water. It is for this reason that dragon boat racing has become increasingly popular as a corporate team building sport and as a fundraiser.

How Does it Work?

Teams of 20 paddlers per dragon boat, led by a team captain, sign up throughout the year. Fundraising is done through social networking, holding special events and gathering pledges. Each team must raise a minimum of $2,000 prior to Race Day ($100 per paddler) in order to participate.

To make it more fun and to add to the competitive nature of this event, we offer all teams a free dragon boat training and practice sessions during the week leading up to the event.