Dragon Run (Hong Kong)

Thursday, 22 October 2009 16:47 | Written by  Andy Orr
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The Dragon Run takes place on November 21, 2009 in Hong Kong. Here’s an update from the Race Organisers.

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Registration and Briefing

Please note that the proposed date for the race registration and the safety and course briefing has been changed. Registration and the briefing will now take place on Friday November 20th, a day later than originally announced. Registration and the briefing 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.

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Short Course race

This year we will also be running a short course (8-10km) race 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 20th. The short course race will begin at 10am and will be an 8 - 10km out-and-back course to/from the Sea School.

Race Entry Fees

The race entry fee for both the long course race and the short course race 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 (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.

Transportation - Paddlers

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

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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.         

Post-race

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) immediately after 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. Following the post-race party, the "post" post-race party will kick off at Wagyu in Central.

Prize Money

The total prize money on offer for the long course race will be US$12,600. The prize money break down will be as follows (US$):

Men - Overall*

1st - 5,000

2nd - 2,500

3rd - 1,250

4th - 750

5th - 500

6th - 400

7th - 300

8th - 200

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

Woman - Overall**

1st - 1,000

2nd - 500

3rd - 200

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

Think Kayaks Raffle

Thanks to the generous support of Think Kayaks, we will be holding a raffle with the 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 draw will be made at the prize giving ceremony

SAFETY MESSAGE

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

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


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