Race Day Information for Teams

Rainier Dragon Boat Festival
May 18, 2019
Thea’s Park, 535 Dock Street E., Tacoma, WA 98421

Downloadable Information

Morning Schedule

  • 7:30 am Registration opens; team managers or captains should check in with Registration to drop off rosters and get tent location assignments
  • 8:00 am Opening ceremonies: Blessing and Dotting of the Eyes of the Dragon
  • 8:30 am Captains meeting
  • 9:00 am Community team races begin

Race Results

Results will be posted:

Gear Drop-Off

To drop off and pick-up gear at Thea’s Park: enter the parking lot by Rock the Dock Pub and  drive through the Dock Building toward Thea’s Park.


Closest paid parking: About 78 spaces are available in the lot behind the Dock Building – first come, first served. $10.00 for the day Cash ONLY

Other paid parking: Two lots by the Fish Peddler Restaurant (East 15th & Dock Street).

Free Shuttle

Free parking: Tacoma Dome Transit Center (434 East 25th Street). Shuttle service will pick up on East G Street, starting at 7 am about every 15 minutes. Enter the parking garage from East 25th street and park on the east end of the garage close to East G street.


Additional Information

  • ALL canopy legs MUST have 15 lb weights attached to each leg per the Tacoma Fire Dept. If you have 2 canopies and  the legs of the 2 canopies X you can have one 15 lb weight for the X legs
  • If you DO NOT have weights on each leg the FIRE Marshall will make you take down your canopy. You can purchase weights from places like Home Depot or as some teams have done fill PC pipe with cement and bungy the pipe to the legs.
  • Whether sunny or raining, one or two pop-up tents will be useful for sheltering your team.
  • Bring camp-type chairs or blankets to spread out on the damp grass.
  • Teams may wish to organize bringing table(s) and food to eat throughout the morning. NO BBQS OR COOKING FIRES!
  • There is NO potable water available at this venue. Please plan to provide water for your teams and recycle your containers.
  • Long-range weather forecast says cloudy and mid 50s to upper 60’s with a bit of afternoon rain – layer up and bring extra dry clothes.
  • Teams will be called to Marshaling approximately 20 minutes prior to each race. Please note that the race schedule is approximate, not exact, so encourage team members to stay in touch between races.
  • Recycle containers will be available.

Festival and Tent Map

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