The Dragon Run 2009

Monday, 07 September 2009 03:38 | Written by  The Dragon Run
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The third edition of ‘The Dragon Run' www.thedragonrun.com.hk will take place in Hong Kong on Saturday November 21, 2009.

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Course

Like last year, the race will start in Clearwater Bay, but will then proceed SE to the beautiful and rugged Ninepins Islands, then SW past the spectacular Cape D'Aguilar (home of the HK Marine Reserve) and then to the finish line at the world-renowned tourist destination of Stanley, the home of the famous Stanley Market. The course will cover approximately 24km and, with the seasonal NE monsoon winds blowing, should see 10-20 knot winds and great downwind conditions for the majority of the race. 

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Given that Hong Kong has a tropical climate, water temperatures at that time of year will be around 23 degrees Celsius, with air-temperature between 18 and 27 degrees.

Hong Kong is famous for its tourist attractions, it shops and its restaurants but it also offers a range of great Eastern and Western cultural experiences. Also, as many of the guys who visited us last year will tell you, it is a truly world class party destination.

Short Course

This year, running alongside ‘The Dragon Run', we will also be holding a ‘short course' which will cover approx 8km's to be held in the Stanley/Tai Tam Bay which offers more protected conditions. We hope this race will attract as many of those local paddlers as possible who are not competing in the main even, but would like to participate in the day. The exact course will be confirmed shortly.

Prize Money

We haven't finalized the main event prize money breakdown yet, but the total purse on offer for ‘The Dragon Run' will be US$10,000. The total amount of cash prizes will be offered based on the level of (international) competition and the number of competitors in each division and will be at the discretion of the race organizers. The prize money break down will be announced soon.

‘Local' paddlers - please note that this year we will be presenting prizes for the first ‘local' paddlers in each division. Details to follow.

Surfski and OC rental

There will be a limited number of Epic and Fenn surf skis, as well as OC1's, available for rent. If you are interested in participating in the race and need to hire a surf ski please drop an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for Epic hire) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for Fenn surf ski and OC1 hire). 

For race enquiries, please contact Jon Dingley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Andy Orr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Safety Requirements

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

Race Registration

To assist organizers with race planning, race participation must be confirmed by the 31st October and participants are to contact Andy Orr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A race registration function and race briefing will take place at the Sea School in Stanley (same venue as last year) at 7pm on Thursday November 19th and all participants must attend.

Entry Fee

The race entry fee is HK$500 (approx US$65). This fee covers the cost of the race registration function and post race party where food and beverages will be provided.

Transport of Surfskis/OCs and competitors to race start

As arranged last year, competitors' surfskis/ocs will be transported from the Sea School in Stanley (race finish) to the race start in Clearwater Bay and buses will be arranged for the competitors. Further details and exact times to be advised at the race briefing.

The race website is being updated. Please visit: http://www.thedragonrun.com.hk/


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