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KC’s First Dragon Boat Festival

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By Jennifer Johnson and Heather Sebel
Photos courtesy of KC Pink Warriors Dragon Boat Team

Hey Kansas City, are you ready to be bitten by the dragon? What began in 2019 as a group of cancer survivors learning the art of dragon boat paddling while sitting on boxes in a gym has grown into a team of more than 40 athletes gliding across the waters of Wyandotte County Lake in their very own dragon boats. After bringing home five gold medals in 2023, the KC Pink Warriors are now realizing their dream of bringing a Major League Dragon Boat Festival to Kansas City!

KC Pink Warriors, the first full-time dragon boat team in Missouri and Kansas, is a community of female cancer survivors who inspire, restore and empower through dragon boat competition and team connection. They are partnering with Great White North Dragon Boat to introduce our already iconic sports city to dragon boat paddling, racing and culture.
On Saturday, September 28, spectators and dragon boat enthusiasts from across the country will converge at Shawnee Mission Park Lake for a day of thrilling races, competitive spirit and a celebration of the vibrant dragon boat community.

Dragon Boat is the world’s fastest-growing water sport. It consists of 20 team members paddling in unison in a 40-foot canoe-style boat. Fun for all ages, shapes, sizes and skill levels, it is the perfect setting for team building.

Teams from all skill levels and backgrounds are invited to participate in this inaugural event. Whether you’re a seasoned dragon boat racer or a first-time paddler, there is an opportunity for everyone. Register as a team or as a solo paddler to be matched with a team.

Join us in supporting this landmark event. Showcase your brand to a diverse and engaged audience and contribute to the success of Major League Dragon Boat in Kansas City.

The community is invited to experience the thrill of dragon boat racing while they cheer on the teams, enjoy local food trucks, shop local vendors, and enjoy the health and wellness village. ®

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