Race Day Information for Teams

Rainier Dragon Boat Festival
May 20, 2023
Thea’s Park, 535 Dock Street E., Tacoma, WA 98421

Race Results

Race Day Information

Rules & Waivers

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. NO PARKING IN THIS BUILDING.


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. Carpooling encouraged.

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.

Featured Vendors

Food will be available in addition to crafts, sportswear and other vendors:

  • Hotworx Gym
  • Mimi’s Ice cream
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Werner Paddles/Kialoa
  • Jewelry
  • Stitches
  • Boss Mama’s food truck
  • TNT Coffee
  • Persist Design
  • WAM
  • Massage
  • Kialoa

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. Plastic gallon milk jugs filled with sand or water also works well.
  • 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 sunny and mid 50s to upper 70’s with a 5% chance of rain – looks to be a fine day for racing. Bring plenty sunscreen!
  • 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. Please help us maintain this awesome park and do your part in recycling and trash collection and separation.

The Rainier Dragon Boat Festival event has been recognized with a Green Event Excellence Seal of Approval. Learn more

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