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    Saturday, June 3, 2023
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Saturday, June 3, 2023
3-months 20-days 10-hrs ago

Saturday, June 3, 2023

3-months 20-days 10-hrs ago

Race Info

The only Dragon Boat race in the United States run by active members of Team USA - 2007 and 2011 World Champions!

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The IDBR benefits the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Memorial Fund, The Liberty USO of PA and Southern NJ, the PDBA members of Team USA 2017.

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Fun Approved!

  • No Experience Necessary! Get 20 friends, family members, or co-workers together for a team

  • Teams schedule up to THREE practices, coached and steered by members of Team USA! We'll teach you how to hold the paddle, the stroke, everything. We provide the boat, the paddles, the life vests.

  • Race on our ultra-wide, ultra-safe, 6-lane setup, with multiple chase boats

  • Each boat on race-day will be steered by a member of the US National Dragon Boat Team.

  • Your team will have a reserved space along the river to watch and relax between your races. Rent a tent or bring your own. Bring a grill, and have an all-day tailgate!

  • You'll race three times (qualifier, semi, final): 500 Meters per round.

  • Women's, Mixed, Men's, Military, Media, Mummers - we have divisions for everyone!

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I was overwhelmed by the organization and communication that was already established before we arrived and the help I was not even expecting from the dock team in helping us get our special chair installed and uninstalled for each or our races as well as assisting some of our more challenged individuals with getting in and out of the boat.
YOUR TEAM WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!! And the person who uses the wheel chair as well as our team is so APPRICIATIVE!!!
- Fred Holbert, Team InspiriTec
I said it last year and will echo it now and shout it louder this year - THIS IS THE BEST RUN EVENT I HAVE EVER PARTICIPATED IN!!! Your team goes above and beyond to make this event successful, fun and safe.
- Fred Holbert, Team InspiriTec
One of the best decisions we've made in this organization was to move our armada to the IDBR. We always say it... and this is just the icing on the cake. Thank you all for making this such a great experience for all of us! Wickedly Yours!
- Hope & Megan, Teams Witches of East Greenwich
What a first class event!!! Truly a great tradition for the US Army to participate in this yearly event where we bring together Active, Reserve, National Guard and family members to develop camaraderie on the water. Thanks for the professionalism and dedication you all have shown us throughout the years! We will be ready to reclaim our title next year! GO ARMY beat Navy!!!
- CPT Nick Triche, Commander, US Army Dragon Boat
Training for and racing on the day of the Regatta was a wonderful experience! Not only is Dragon Boat itself a fun sport, but I also got to become friends with people on my team that I would otherwise never have had the chance to meet. The practices were super helpful and the coaches (some of them even world champions!) were always patient. I would definitely do it again!
- Wendy (Wei) Diao, Medical Student at Jefferson Medical College, Team Philadelphia Hep B Heroes
The camaraderie that our team developed in our first attempt dragon boating was awesome. Our instructors at the practices really helped the team come together.
- John Barbieri, Medical Student at University of Pennsylvania, Team Philadelphia Hep B Heroes

The practices were extremely helpful. Our coaches helped us in every aspect: adjusting rowing motions, improving synchronization, and forming race day strategies. Thanks to the coaches, even a new team like ours could win bronze medals!
- Daniel Chen, Team Philadelphia Hep B Heroes
Thank you so much, Ken, for providing such a wonderful platform for the Blue Star Mothers to spread our message.
We appreciated the opportunity to meet with Brigadier General Lord, and were able to meet many soldiers and their parents to encourage membership. We also connected with a volunteer from Habitat for Humanity regarding housing for wounded soldiers. In addition, we were invited to speak at deployment ceremonies and Family Readiness Groups, which will be so valuable in continuing our mission of supporting the mothers of active-duty troops.
We'd like to thank you also for your hospitality at the VIP tent; your volunteers were also very kind in offering us beverages and refreshments throughout the day. You have a wonderful team, and we were extremely impressed with your organization.
Thank you again, with warm regards,
- Patricia Callahan Jillard
The Philadelphia Chapter of The Blue Star Mothers
On behalf of Belle Bateau, thank you to you and the entire team for an amazing day! There were so many variables that worked - tent location, parking luck, beautiful weather, the absolute joy of competing, the camaraderie of the sport, having Andy as our steersperson for all 3 races, the incredible organization of the entire event and the good cheer of everyone of who announced the races, coordinated the boat area and helped us off the boat. I also want to thank your team for our amazing practices preparing us for the race. We won our last race of the day and it was thrilling.
We look forward to next year. We love this regatta.
- Mo Ganey, Belle Bateau
You guys know how to throw a great race. We had a wonderful time and we're impressed with how well organized you were throughout the day. Thank you.
- Linda Breitstein, Schuylkill Dragons
The event was so much fun, and the people running it (PDBA) could not have been more pleasant or helpful. The PDBA has actively been training all who wanted to paddle in their team boats for the past two months, at no cost. Our hats go off to them for their devotion to promoting this sport! Thanks.
- Emily Liebert, Captain, Dragonthaw
The Filthy Oars had a fantastic 1st experience at the Independence Dragon Boat Regatta. We are looking forward to next year!
- Jennifer Frank, Captain, Filthy Oars
I would like to say first off that we had a FANTASTIC time on Saturday! Everyone was great and we couldn't have asked for a better day, water level notwithstanding. We had no experienced rowers in our boat (Temple Admin) but are calling this a learning experience and next year we will be fierce!
- Joanna Briggs, Temple Admin

See you on the water - for a day of family, friends & fun!

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Because of the 2022 IDBR, Turning Points for Children received $20,000 from TD Bank and Ascend Philadelphia.
After the 2022 IDBR, Turning Points for Children received $20,000 from TD Bank and Ascend Philadelphia.

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