WHAT ARE CHALLENGE CUPS?
Challenge Cup races are designed to increase competition among teams from local industry or community groups. If you choose to enter a Challenge Cup you will be grouped with similar teams for the first race of the weekend. If there are more than 8 teams in a Challenge Cup your second race on Saturday will serve as the Challenge Cup Final. Entering a Challenge Cup does not increase the number of times a team will race.
Challenge Cup Teams must have a minimum of 9 people racing from the designated cup category. For example, if you are entering the High Tech Challenge your team must have a minimum of 9 paddlers who are employed with the High Tech organization the team represents.
A Challenge Cup race will only run if there are three (3) or more teams for that particular category. If you are unsure about which category you qualify for please contact the Festival Office.
CORPORATE CHALLENGE CUP DIVISIONS:
: PRESENTED BY CLV GROUP – A division for paddlers who work for educational institutions, administration, or associated parent advisory associations.
: PRESENTED BY HKETO – A division for embassies, foreign missions, immigrant services or associated community associations.
EMERGENCY SERVICES – Teams composed of first responders representing the various branches of police, fire and paramedic services and associations.
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM – Companies whose major business is providing hospitality, tourism, accommodations, or culinary services.
HIGH TECH – Companies on the cutting edge of technology.
LEGAL SERVICES – Teams whose members work in the field of legal services including law firms and associations.
MEDIA – Teams representing the media industry including television, radio, print, streaming and social media.
COMMUNITY CHALLENGE CUP DIVISIONS:
ACCESSIBILITY – Teams whose members have a disability, as well as their caregivers and supporters.
BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS – Teams whose members are breast cancer survivors.
CANADIAN ARMED FORCES – A division for the Canadian Armed Forces and their supporters.
COMMUNITY – Organizations representing charities and non-profits.
FRIENDS & FAMILY – Teams whose members are all members of the same extended family.
MASTERS – Teams whose members are 49 or older before June 1st of the given year.
PRIDE – Paddlers representing the LGBTQ2+ community, and their supporters.
SPORT & FITNESS – Paddlers from fitness clubs, dance/fitness studios, and sport teams/clubs.
YOUTH – Paddlers who are a minimum of 12 years of age and a maximum of 17 years of age before June 1st of the given year.
WOMEN’S CHALLENGE CUP DIVISIONS:
RECREATIONAL WOMEN – Women’s teams new to the sport or only practice a few times per season.
INTERMEDIATE WOMEN – Experienced women's teams who participate in other festivals and practice 5-10 times per season.
COMPETITIVE WOMEN – Women's teams who participate in multiple festivals, often finish in top 30 and/or practice 10+ times per season.
DBC / SPORT DIVISION CHALLENGE CUP:
SUE HOLLOWAY CUP – Dragon Boat Canada registered teams who are striving for greatness in their sport, just as four-time Olympian and Canada Sports Hall of Famer, Sue Holloway achieved. Mixed, Women’s and Open divisions available.
Teams outside North America: FREE
- Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival from June 20-23, 2019 (racing on June 22-23)
- Two team practices with certified coaches
- Opportunity for top fundraising teams to qualify to race in the Charity Challenge Cup
- Access to free concert series and onsite activities
- Opportunity to compete in various community and corporate divisions
- Team site to hang out between races; decorate to have fun or promote your business/organization
- Invitation for all team members to the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Champions
- Entry into team t-shirt, team site and team spirit competitions
- All equipment provided (boats, paddles, PFDs)
Mixed - must race with a minimum of 8 female paddlers.
Women - must race with all female paddlers, but can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.
Open - teams are often comprised of primarily male paddlers, but females may also paddle. Open teams can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.
- Team Registration
- Team Login
- Important Resources
- Create & Manage a Team
- Challenge Cups
- Race Format & Schedule
- Tim Hortons Team Area
- Individual Registration
- Race Results