Final Fundraising for the 2015 H20 Paddle Challenge and Race Results

EUGENE — The initial fundraising results for the 2nd Annual Heroes 2 Oregon (H2O) Dragon Boat Paddle Challenge are in, and we netted a little over $9,600. That is up from our 2014 total of $4,438.08, that’s more than a $5,000 increase.

We could not have accomplished this without the unending support from the Lane County Sports Commission (aka Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports), the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation, the State Parks Department, Guaranty Chevrolet and RV Services, Vancouver Lake Catch-22 Dragon Boat Club, DragonSports USA, and Lane County’s Transient Room Tax grant program.

The Heroes 2 Oregon (H2O) Dragon Boat Paddle Challenge is an annual community event and fundraiser for the Eugene Parks Foundation Veterans Adaptive Sport Project, which “provides funding for injured, ill and disabled Veterans to be able to engage in adaptive sports all year long and encourage veterans to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.”

Last year, foundation money helped veterans purchase adapted bikes, attend sports workshops and clinics, purchase pool and club memberships, organize various skiing, biking and rafting trips, as well as countless other activities. Physical activity and social connection have proven time and again to help manage PTSD, depression, and anxiety in all populations (not just veterans). It is especially vital for our veterans who are pushing back against the stigma of being ‘damaged’ when frequently, they just need a healthy out let and support from the community.

On average, 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States. Foundations like the Veterans Adaptive Sport Project and programs like Emerald City’s Veterans Paddle Program hope to, in some small part, reduce that statistic to zero. Thank you for your support in this endeavor.


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2015 Winter Practice Schedule Announced

Starting October 10, 2015 ECDBC will hold two practices a week. Our Saturday morning practice won’t change, but our week day practice will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. we practice at Lowell Park Marina at Dexter Lake. Oct. 5-9, 2015 there is no practice.

  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

We usually have open benches, but it is always best to contact us before coming to a practice so we know to expect you. Please bring a life vest if you have one, or let us know if you don’t have one so the coach knows to bring extras. The first paddle is free. After that $20 drop-in cards are available for purchase online or onsite with a credit cards. You don’t need any special equipment, just come ready for a workout.

Only TEN Paddlers Needed for H2O 2015

This year teams will only need to recruit 10 people to field a complete team at the H2O Paddle Challenge. Last year teams paddled in 20 man boats, but this year the Vancouver Lake Dragon Boat Club will bring down 3 ten-person boats. The cost of registering a team has also dropped to $350 (until Aug. 24 then it’s $450).

Hopefully, the smaller boats will enable more community teams to participate in the event. Paddlers don’t need any experience to participate; novice teams are paired with an experienced drummer/coach who will teach each team the basics. There are mixed teams (no more than 5 men) and women’s teams.  INDIVIDUALS can register as free agents for $35 and will be placed on a team.

The 2015 H2O Paddle Challenge is scheduled for October 3 at Dexter Park off Highway 58. ALL PROFITS BENEFIT ADAPTIVE RECREATION FOR VETERANS.


Teams coming from out of the area staying at one of our partner hotels qualifies for a discount on their registration. They just need to provide proof of reservation and they will be provided with a discount code to use when they register their team.

Our Boat is Launched!

The ECDB Flying Monkeys practice team, along with the folks from NorthShore Services launched the first club practice boat this past weekend. The boat’s new home is at Lowell Park Marina, and the practice team is excited to start full on-water practices!

If you have always been curious about this sport, or if you are looking for a new way to get active, now is the perfect time to join us. The first time is free, after that you can join on a drop-in or monthly basis. Fees are affordable and there is plenty of room for everyone. Come out and experience one of the fastest growing sports in the world!

Practices are

Located at:

Lowell State Recreation Site
850 N Shore Dr
Lowell, OR 97452

Emerald City Announces Spring Practice Schedule

Emerald City Dragon Boating is expanding its practice offerings to two a week and moving its weekend practices back to Saturdays. Practices are still held at the Lowell Park Marina at Dexter Lake.

  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (starting May 13, 2015)

There are usually open benches, but it is always best to contact the club before coming to a practice so the coach knows to expect you. Paddlers should bring a life vest if they have one, or let the club know if you need to borrow one. The cost to drop in and try it out is $5 cash or $5.15 if paid online and you don’t need any special equipment, just come ready for a workout. To find out more about becoming a member of Emerald City, visit the membership page.

Veterans Paddling Clinic Scheduled for April

EUGENE —  One of our program goals is to have a thriving veterans dragon boating community in Lane County. To this end, we are partnering with the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation to host an on water paddling clinic for veterans and their family members who are 14 years or older. The event is Saturday, April 4 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (the date was wrong in the printed Recreation Guide, but is correct on the website). It’s only $5 per person, and participants can sign up by calling Contact Patty at 541-682-6365 at Adaptive Recreation.

Paddle Challenge Receives $2,500 Grant

The 2015 Heroes 2 Oregon (H2O) Dragon Boat Paddle Challenge received a $2,500 grant from Lane County’s Transient Room Tax grant program. The event is an annual community event and fundraiser for the Eugene Parks Foundation Veterans Adaptive Sport Project, which “provides funding for injured, ill and disabled Veterans to be able to engage in adaptive sports all year long and encourage veterans to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.” The paddle challenge is a joint effort between Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports, Emerald City Dragon Boat Club and the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation.

“We are fortunate to live in a community with a wealth of activities. Each of these projects will help grow tourism in Lane County, bringing additional visitors to our hotels, restaurants and area attractions,” said Glenda Poling, Lane County Community and Economic Development manager said in a press release on the Lane County website.

The goal of the TRT grants is to increase tourism in Lane County, and it is the hope of the H2O organizers that dragon boat teams from Washington and Oregon will travel here to participate.

“Receiving this grant is deeply exciting for us,” ECDBC Board President Erin Zysett said. “It’s not only an acknowledgement that what we are doing means something to the people of this community, but a vote of confidence from the Tourism Council that we can and will be an asset to the county in years to come.”

Last year’s inaugural event raised $4,438.08 for veteran’s adaptive recreation in Eugene and Lane County at large and helped Emerald City refurbish the dragon boat they bought last year, which will launch in April. To learn more about how individuals and organizations can participate in the Paddle Challenge visit our H2O page.

To learn more about how to become a dragon boater visit our membership page.

Your Purchases Can Help

We are part of the Amazon Smiles program. This means, that our supporters can go to the Amazon Smiles website and register their existing acount and when they ask what organization you want to support type in: Emerald City Dragon Boat Club.

This is how it works:

  1. Register your account with Amazon Smiles (it takes two seconds)
  2. Shop on Amazon as you normally do
  3. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  4. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

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Register for the 2015 h2O Paddle Challenge

Teams and Free Agents can now register for the Oct. 3, 2015 H2O Dragon Boat Paddle Challenge! Also, this year we will hold a costume and tent decorating contest, so GO CRAZY  (just not so crazy that you can’t still wear a life-vest). If you don’t want to paddle, but would like to volunteer, sign-up!

Register a Team

All you need to participate is 14-20 friends/coworkers/family members (14 years or older) and about 25 bucks per person. We’ll provide the boats, the life jackets, a steersperson and a caller for each boat, and some orientation. You come ready to paddle and have fun!

Want to help veterans but aren’t able to paddle? Click here to donate.

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Dexter State Park – 20 minutes SE of Eugene
Registration is OPEN!! Through

Early-bird Cost: $450 per team (ends May 1, 2015)
Regular Cost: $500 per team (ends August 24, 2015)
Late Registration Cost: $700 per team (registration closes Sept. 7, 2015)
(there will be mixed or womens novice/corporate, and mixed or womens experienced divisions)

Course: 250 meter out and back. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 2 races.
Individuals will be able to register via as Free Agents.

If there is interest we may add a No Guts No Glory at the very end of the day for no additional charge. More information will be available on that as we get closer to the event.

Register as an Individual (Free Agent) and We’ll pair you with a team

People who don’t have a team, but really want to paddle can register as free agents. Then as teams contact us about needing more paddlers we will place you on a team, or we will create a ECDB Team of Free Agents. Registration is NOW Through!