Media Challenge Cup

Get the message out and show everyone who is the real media king! The Media Challenge Cup gives your team a chance to compete against your rivals in the industry. Be the top news story as you cross the finish line first and enjoy a fun filled day of racing and attractions as you get to know that guy down the hall and what he actually does all day.

Past participants in the Media Challenge Cup have represented companies in the media industry including television, radio, print and social media.


Past Participants include:

Faces Magazine (Faces Magazine)
CTV Fire Breathing Dragons
LiVE 88.5 Boaty McBoatfaces (LiVE 88.5)
You.i TV's Sea Plus Plus (You.i TV)



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
  • 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).