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21st Annual YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – Celebrating 21 years of Rowing for a CAUSE, the YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge kicked off the 4 day event, today September 26 through September 29, at Northshore Park in The Woodlands.
The Woodlands Family YMCA kicked off the 21st Annual Dragon Boat Team Challenge today at Northshore Park! Come out and cheer on the teams daily until Sunday, September 29 – Admission is FREE for spectators! 

The event will benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which ensures everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the YMCA.

View the photos from Day 1, September 26, 2019, of the event on the Hello Woodlands Facebook photo album here.

The Dragon Boats, owned by The American Dragon Boat Association, were transported from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and are forty feet long, colorful, and weigh over 1,800 pounds.

The event features 6 different team activities, with teams rotating from one event to the next every 30 minutes. Teams participate in a single 4 hour bracket on Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon, Sunday morning high school bracket, and Sunday afternoon brackets. A team is composed of a minimum of 20 members and each team roster must have a minimum of 5 females and participants must be at least 18 years of age. High school teams (9th – 12th grade) are eligible to participate in the Sunday morning bracket.

Event times:
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2 – 6pm
Friday, Sept. 27, 8am – Noon and 2 – 6pm
Saturday, Sept. 28, 8am – Noon and 2 – 6pm
Sunday, Sept. 29, 8am – Noon and 2 – 6pm

Parking Information:
Thursday and Friday: Parking will be limited at Northshore Park and along Lake Woodlands Drive.
Saturday and Sunday: Parking is available in the parking lots on Lakeside Blvd across from Northshore Park.

Spectators are encouraged to stop by and cheer on their favorite team. Admission is free for spectators.

Learn more about the YMCA Dragon Boat Challenge at

Sponsors of the event help the YMCA multiply their impact in the community: Repsol, The Woodlands Township, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Houston Methodist The Woodlands, CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands, LGI Homes, Raising Cane’s, Alight, Woodforest National Bank, Excelerate Energy, Newpark Resources, Entergy, Bradbury Brothers, Octane Fitness, McKesson, Charbonneau Industries, and Sterling Construction.

First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city’s leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all – regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 26 YMCA centers, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit us on the web at