Dragon Run 2010 (Hong Kong)

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[Editor: Last year the Aussies made a clean sweep of the podium, Shannon Eckstein winning his first ever international long distance surfski race and Jeremy Cotter and Tim Jacobs coming 2nd and 3rd respectively.  A full house of South African paddlers will be there in November to prevent this happening again!]


Here's an information dump from the organisers:


Registration and Briefing

Registration and the briefing will take place on Friday November 26th, the day before Race Day and will be held in the gymnasium at the Sea School in Stanley. Registration will start at 6:30pm, with the briefing starting at 7:30pm.  The Sea School is located at the bottom of Hoi Fung Path in Stanley.  (Go to http://maps.google.com and search for "hong kong sea school, stanley" to find a map and directions of how to find the school.)  Anyone who is struggling to find it can call Andy on 852-90411036.

Dragon Run 2010

Long course - same as last year

Short Course race

As we did last year, we will also be running a short course (approx 10km) race (“the Chicken Run”) in conjunction with the main (long course) event. Anyone wanting to do the short course race should also attend the registration and race briefing on November 26th. The short course race will begin at 10am and will be an 10km out-and-back course to/from the Sea School.

Race Entry Fees

The race entry fee for the long course race will be HK$750 (just under US$100), and for the short course race it will be HK$500 (approx US$65).  Please note that we will require each entrant to sign a liability waiver in favour of the race organisers.

Transportation - Skis/OCs

Both the long and short course races will finish at the Sea School in Stanley. The trucks which will be used to transport the skis/OC's to the starting point of the long course race (Clearwater Bay Beach) will leave from the Sea School at between 7:30am and 8am (there will be 4 trucks). All long course paddlers must ensure that their ski/OC gets to the Sea School by no later than the Friday night before race day. There will be racks erected in the main car park at the back of the Sea School for use during the week prior to the race and paddlers training from the Sea School or delivering their skis/OCs to the Sea School should use these racks. We require all paddlers to load their own skis/OCs onto the trucks at the Sea School on race day and then to unload their skis/OCs at the race start in Clearwater Bay. The loading at the Sea School will start at 7am. Straps/ties will be provided.

Jasper Mocke

Jasper Mocke powers down a run - the race typically has great downwind conditions

Transportation – Paddlers

Buses for the long course paddlers will leave from the Sea School for the race start at Clearwater Bay Beach at between 7:30am and 8am. A secure place will be available at the Sea School for paddlers to leave their race bags.  We will aim to start the long course race at 10am.

Sponsor Branding

Paddlers will be provided with stickers featuring the logos of our event sponsors and will be required to be affix these stickers (along with separate race numbers) onto the foredeck closest to the footwell on their ski/OC.


Once you get to the finish, there will be a crew of volunteers to help you wash and rack your ski/OC. Changing rooms and showers will be available for paddlers. The post-race "party" and awards ceremony will take place at the Sea School (gymnasium area) following the finish of the long course race. Food and drinks will be provided by one of our race sponsors, Jaspas, throughout the afternoon, and we will look to start the awards ceremony at around 2pm. The party is open to all short and long course race contestants on a complimentary basis. Guests are also welcome for a small charge of HK$100 per person.

Prize Money

The total prize money on offer for the long course race will be US$15,000. The prize money break down will be as follows (US$):

Men – Overall*

  1. 5,000
  2. 2,500
  3. 1,500
  4. 1,250
  5. 1000
  6. 600
  7. 500
  8. 400

* To qualify for prize money, the 2nd-8th place finishers need to finish within 10% of the winner’s time

Shannon Eckstein

Shannon Eckstein - dicing with some local traffic

Woman – Overall**

  1. 1,500
  2. 500
  3. 250

** To qualify for prize money, the 1st – 3rd place finishers need to finish within 25% of the men’s winning time

Michele Eray

Michele Eray won the 2009 event (seen here overtaking Jon Dingley!)

Think Kayak Raffle

Thanks to the generous support of Think Kayaks, we will again be holding a raffle with the first prize being a brand new Think Kayaks surf ski. The ski on offer will be a kevlar lay-up (12.5kg) of any of the 4 Think Kayaks skis…the Evo, Fit, Legend or Uno. For more details of the 4 models available, please visit the Think Kayaks website - www.thinkkayaks.com. The retail value of the ski on offer is US$3,195. Tickets will cost HK$100 each and can be purchased on race day.

The second prize is a five-night free stay (excluding F&B costs) during off-peak (ie: excluding Chinese New Year, Easter, July/August and Christmas) at a beautiful self-contained private villa on a white-sand beach on the west coast of Koh Samui. The villa has five resident staff including a restaurant-quality chef. To learn more about this splendid getaway, check out: www.waimarie-samui.com The draw will be made at the prize giving ceremony.


This year, the use of life jackets/PFDs and leg leashes will be compulsory.




Check out The Dragon Run race website - http://www.thedragonrun.com.hk/

Dragon Run 2010


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