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YMCA Dragon Boat Team Building Race Event

The 22nd YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge

Lake Woodlands at Northshore Park

Nearly 100 teams are expected to gather along the shores of North Shore Park to compete in the annual YMCA Dragon Boat Challenge. The Annual Dragon Boat races are scheduled for what is typically the last weekend in September. The Four Day - 2020 Woodlands Texas Dragon Boat Races are scheduled during October 01, 2020 - October 4, 2020. Dragon boats (also dragon-boat) are human-powered via paddles and are traditionally made of teak wood in various designs and sizes. They belong to the family of Traditional Long Boats found throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. These multi-person boats are now used in the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing, which originated in China over 2000 years ago.

While competition has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of folk ritual, it emerged in modern times as an international sport in Hong Kong in 1976. For competition events, dragon boats are generally rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. At other times the decorative regalia is usually removed, although the cadence drum often remains aboard for training purposes. The Dragon Boat races are held at North Shore Park on Lake Woodlands. Each of the more than 90 teams feature 20-30 members, one cadence drummer, one to catch and carry the flag with the remaining 18 members rowing the 40' boat. A team is composed of a minimum of 20 members but no more than 30. Each team roster must have a minimum of five females and participants must be at least 18 years of age. High School teams, 9th – 12th grade, are eligible to participate only in the Sunday morning bracket: 8:00 AM – Noon. The Dragon Boat Races and their related activities are held over four days - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As many as 16 teams will compete in each race with prizes being awarded to first and second place teams in each bracket.

YMCA Dragon Boat Races The Woodlands


  • WHAT:
    Six Great Team Building Events
  • WHERE:
    Northshore Park on Lake Woodlands
  • WHEN:
    October 1 thru
    October 4, 2020

The Annual YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge Presented by Repsol is a unique and fun team building event. The event features Dragon Boat Races and 5 other team building activities. The Y makes it very easy to participate. All you have to do is register, recruit your team and show up ready to have some FUN!!! Teams participate in 1) four hour bracket.

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The entire event features six different team activities, with the Dragon Boat Races as the main event. The first stage of each race will begin near the North Shore Park docks and Lake Woodlands Bridge, race to a point behind the stage at the pavilion, turn around, and then race back to the start/finish line. The boats are 40-feet long and weigh 1,800 pounds, the races will be timed. As most of the rowers are novice, the second run (each are timed individually) is sometimes faster than the first run. It has been surmised that this can be attributed to a learning curve but, it may simply be adrenaline or the excitement of nearing the finish line.
Following the Dragon Boat race events, the teams will be competing in additional events including dodgeball, moonwalk volleyball, and human foosball. This exciting team building event is designed to build community spirit among corporations, civic groups and community organizations. The activities are designed to bring individuals together to achieve a single goal – to have fun! They achieve this by becoming a team and working together as a synchronized unit. It's much more than "beating the other team." It is the camaraderie, the team work and team spirit, visiting and playing with old friends, meeting new friends and laughing. It is adults having the opportunity to play like kids!

Location: North Shore Park in The Woodlands, TX In addition to the dragon boat race, the event features five additional activities designed to keep the fun and friendly competition going all day. There is something for everyone!
Obstacle Course, DodgeBall, Party Games, Field Games, Volley Ball

Registration for The YMCA Dragon Boat Races begins in May (New & Returning Sponsor Teams ) and runs through July (Registration opens to New Teams based on space availability ).
The YMCA makes it so EASY to participate. The Y organizes and facilitates all team activities, provides all the equipment, rules and instructions as well as a team tent, water and ice, and event t-shirt. The Y also provides professional staff, volunteers and safety/security agencies to create a positive, safe and fun environment. The team entry is $650, and $575 for High School and Non-Profit Groups. Contact Roxanne Davis, YMCA North Group Marketing Director, at 281 681-6730 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Proceeds benefit THE WOODLANDS FAMILY YMCA AT SHADOWBEND

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COVID-19 Updates

May 30, 2020
The Woodlands Township has re-opened certain amenities and recreational areas as of May 15, 2020. Township parks are open with limitations: Lake Woodlands and Lake Paloma are open, pathways and trails are open, tennis courts are open with modifications, park restrooms are open and community gardens are open with restricted access. Other amenities that are open include: skate spots, the archery range, kayak launches, BMX & skate parks, bocce, horseshoe pits, pavilions, benches, BBQ pits, disc golf at Terramont Park and running/walking tracks.
Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

Currently Open (5/15/2020)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), until more is understood about how this virus affects animals, pets should be treated as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Courts
  • Bocci Ball and Horseshoe Pits
  • BMX Areas
  • Community Gardens 
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Dog Parks
  • Kayak Launches

  • Parks, including playgrounds, benches and restrooms
  • Pathways and Trails
  • Pavilions (first-come, first-serve; no reservations)
  • Riva Row Boat House; reservations required
  • Running and Walking Tracks
  • Skate Parks 
  • Tennis courts
  • Recreation Center-Fitness Centers
    (current members by reservation only)
  • Tennis Programming (limited)
  • Recreation Programming (outdoor and limited)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), until more is understood about how this virus affects animals, pets should be treated as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.

Opened Saturday, June 6, 2020

  • Alden Bridge Pool
  • Sawmill Pool 
  • Creekwood Pool 
  • Forestgate Pool 
  • Bear Branch Pool 
  • Wendtwoods Pool
  • Texas TreeVentures

Opened June 12, 2020

The Woodlands Township’s spraygrounds are now open for the 2020 season. The Township has five spraygrounds, also called splash pads, which are open for the season, from June 3 through October 31, 2020, operating 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Currently Closed

  • Facility Reservations and Special Event Permits
  • Lakes Edge Boat House
  • Pools; Currently 7 open to start the summer and possible revised fee structure
  • Sports fields
  • Volleyball

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