Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival is always delighted to have National and International teams come and compete at our festival. If you are interested in coming please contact us and we will help your team in whatever way possible!
Please visit our Toronto Tourism section or Accommodations to find out what the city has to offer! Toronto is an amazing city with lots of diversity that everyone should visit at least once!
International Teams are defined as those that are based outside of North America. International teams receive free entry into the festival and help with navigating the wonderful city of Toronto.
Please contact your local Canadian Consulate to find out what material you will need in order to obtain a VISA. Let us know what information you need and we will happily write an invitational letter for your team.
National Teams are defined as those teams with a minimum of 90% of their crew members within North America and outside a domicile in the Greater Toronto Area and include the following municipalities or regions: City of Toronto, the regions of Halton, Peel, York and Durham, and the counties of Simcoe and Dufferin. Because National teams are given a 50% discount off their registration fee, they are not eligible for any of the early bird discounts.
Feel free to contact with any questions regarding your stay, transportation, things to do in the city, and we are happy to answer your questions!
General Information (Sport Division):
To register in Sport Division for TIDBRF 2016:
1. Contact Michael Mah (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-508-0773) to reserve your sport (first six teams in each category).
2. TIDBRF Registration Package 2017.PDF or Register Online Here
3. Team Roster 2017.PDF
4. Submit Manual Application (if applicable) and Roster forms to email@example.com or fax 416-595-7334
5. Submit Roster form to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
*Sport Teams are not eligible for early bird discounts that are provided by TIDBRF.
The following are the suppliers for dragon boat practice and training facilities and services recommended by the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival. Teams are urged to contact these facilities directly to book their practice and training needs.
By: Lisa Tai
What to Eat…
The four-letter word that everyone needs to sustain life. Healthy foods are important to providing sufficient energy during exercises and can help enhance the athletic performance. The Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating vegetables, fruits, whole wheat products (brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat bread), lean fish and meats, bean/ legumes and low-fat dairy products for anyone who is participating in any physical activity (paddling, jogging, swimming, etc). There are myths out there that say, “to lose weight and fat, one must not eat fat.” This is completely false. Fats (specifically Omega 3’s and 6’s) are essential in a balanced diet and are required for many bodily functions. They are needed to provide a source of energy for physical activities (mainly for long periods of exercise), regulate body temperature, and maintain healthy cell function. An active lifestyle along with a healthy balanced diet is the best way to stay healthy and fit. Now it is time to get to the nitty-gritty of what to eat before, during and after the race. These are my recommendations for eating as a Dragon Boater.
We have all heard about “carb loading” the day before a competition and when this topic comes up, I always think of Michael Scott from the TV show The Office. What is carbohydrate loading? Carbohydrate loading is an increase of 60-70% of carbohydrates that is done 1 to 4 days prior to a competition. Athletes who “carb load” perform activities that are generally over 90 minutes. Since the main source of energy for endurance athletes is fat, carbohydrates are essential because they provide glucose which in turn forms into glycogen that is a source of energy for our muscles. If an athlete “hits the wall” or “bonks” during a race than it means that the fuel from muscle glycogen has run out. Carb loading will further prolong the effects of “hitting the wall” and help an athlete to have enough glycogen stored for a long race. Carb loading would not work for Dragon Boat athletes since most race pieces last from 50 seconds to 12 minutes top. Unless you are paddling a paddling marathon then carb loading will not benefit you. The common sense recommendations for a day before the race day are to NOT drink alcohol, and NOT to eat high fatty foods. As a Dragon Boat paddler, we want to eat healthy in order to perform our best at the races. After all, we want to beat the team next to us.
How we eat determines how well a paddler performs during a race day. While racing, we perspire. It is important that we take in enough fluids and compensate for what we sweat out. We want to make sure that we take in what we put out. The best fluid to consume is WATER. As we already know, the human body is comprised of 60-70% of water. It only makes sense to drink water to keep ourselves hydrated.
The #1 question about hydration during a race is, “Can I drink Gatorade or Powerade?” Yes, these drinks can replace lost electrolytes BUT majority of these sports drinks do contain a high percentage of sugar. When choosing a sports drink, be sure to examine the nutrition facts to see how much sugar is in the drink. After all, do we want to take in more sugar than we need to? Absolutely not. We should look for sports drinks that have about 6 to 8% carbohydrate and sodium. These sports drinks can replenish lost electrolytes and fluids faster than water alone. The importance of hydration is huge. Drinking enough fluids can decrease the chances of dehydration, muscle fatigue, and prevents muscle cramps. All of these instances can be prevented by drinking water and sports drinks. Seems simple but it is astounding. The Dragon Boat on-season (May to September) is primarily in an outdoor setting where it is usually hot and sunny. It is important that we remain hydrated since we are sweating from the weather and competing at races.
In terms of food, carbohydrates and proteins should be consumed every hour during a race day. I am suggesting eating smaller meals and trying to avoid overeating. Generally fruits such as bananas are a great source of carbohydrates. For protein, low fat foods such as lean meat and low-fat dairy products are recommended.
At the end of the race day, can you divulge in gluttony and eat whatever you wish? You can but if you are a devoted dragon boat paddler, you need to be careful of what to eat and drink. After the end of your last race, it is important to consume a source of carbohydrate, protein and drink some water within 30 minutes. It will help to rebuild muscle cells that were lost during a race.
The moral of the story is to eat healthy at all times. We have all been in situations where after a hard day of racing, we want to celebrate with a juicy burger and a beer. However, the effects of eating unhealthy will have an effect on sport performance and recovery. To be the best paddler, one must treat the body in the best way possible.
The Toronto Ferry Docks is located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.
Directions by TTC: From Union station take the 509 Harbourfront or the 510 Spadina streetcar south to the Bay and Queen’s Quay Stop. Alternately, take the Bay Bus #6 southbound from the corner of Front and Bay to the Bay and Queen’s Quay stop. The entrance to the ferry docks is on the south side of the street, just east of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.
More information about Centre Island and the ferries:
416-392-8193 or The Ferry-Schedule.