The 21st Annual Woodlands Family YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge Presented by REPSOL

Registration is now open for the 21st Annual YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge Presented by Repsol. Registration period for returning Alumni Teams is June 1 – 30. Registration will open for new teams on July 1. The four day event, scheduled for September 26 – 29, will be held at Northshore Park in The Woodlands. Teams participate in a single 4 hour bracket, 8am – Noon or 2:00 – 6:00pm.

Are you looking for a unique, fun and easy team-building outing? YMCA Dragon Boat is for you. The YMCA does all the planning and facilitating . . . all you have to do is register, recruit your team and show up ready to play. The event promises teamwork and camaraderie at their best, and allows participants to visit and play with old friends and make new friends. Working hard to reach your goal as a team and having FUN! Who will take home the coveted “Dragon”?

A team is composed of a minimum of 20 members but no more than 30. Each team roster must have a minimum of 5 females and participants must be at least 18 years of age. High School teams, 9th – 12th grade, are eligible to participate in the Sunday morning bracket.

The event features 6 different team activities, but the Dragon Boat Races are the main event. The boats, owned by The American Dragon Boat Association, are transported from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dragon boats are forty feet long, extremely, colorful and weigh over 1,800 pounds. 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. Along with improving health, whenever teamwork is involved, there’s the added benefit of being connected to others. It is adults having the opportunity to play like kids!

Celebrating 21 years Rowing for a Cause, the YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge benefits the Y’s Annual Better US Campaign, which ensures everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. Every dollar raised is an investment in our community and our future.

We Row So Dreams Can Grow. Thank you to our generous sponsors whose support has kept the event growing and thriving and helping the YMCA Multiply their Impact in the community: Repsol, The Woodlands Township, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Houston Methodist The Woodlands, CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands, LGI Homes, Raising Cane’s, Alight, Woodforest National Bank, Excelerate Energy, Newpark, Strike, Entergy, Bradbury Brothers, Octane Fitness and Sterling Construction.

Spectators are encouraged to stop by and cheer on their favorite team. Admission is free for spectators.

For more information visit or contact Roxanne Davis at 281-681-6730 or

For Immediate Release Contact: Roxanne Davis Y Community Liaison: 281.681.6730

About the Y First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city’s leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all – regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 29 YMCA centers, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit us on the web at