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.


BUILDING & DEVELOPMENT: PRESENTED BY MINTO – Companies whose major focus involves construction, project development, engineering consultants, building materials, etc.

EDUCATION: PRESENTED BY CLV GROUP – A division for paddlers who work for educational institutions, administration, or associated parent advisory associations.

EMBASSIES & FOREIGN MISSIONS: 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.


FINANCIAL SERVICES: PRESENTED BY SCOTIABANK – Companies or institutions providing financial services. (Banks, Trust Companies, Investment, Insurance, Mortgage Brokers, etc.)


GOVERNMENT: PRESENTED BY MANN LAWYERS Paddlers working for federal, provincial or municipal governments.


HEALTH CARE: PRESENTED BY DONNA CONA Health care providers and anyone working for hospitals, clinics, dental offices, and health & wellness services.


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.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: PRESENTED BY STAR MOTORS Companies or institutions providing services in accounting and other professional associations.





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 LGBTTIQQ2SA 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.





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.





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.



Team Rate: $1400
Out of Town Rate: $995 *Outside 100km radius of Ottawa
Individual Rate: Cost determined by team paddling with.



Early Bird Rate: $1300 (50 spots available)
Teams registered in the following divisions: $850 (25 spots available)

Teams outside North America: FREE


Registration includes:

  • Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival from June 25-28, 2020 (racing on June 27-28)
  • 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)
Team Details:

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.

Teams may be comprised of 16-20 paddlers, 1 drummer, 1 steersperson and up to 6 spares (maximum roster of 28).




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