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Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club

The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club was formed in 2005 and was the first established Dragon Boat club in the Tampa Bay area. Paddlers from corporate racing teams began practicing together and formed the Club as a way to enjoy year round dragon boating. The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club was established to foster amateur competition in the sport of dragon boating.

The TBDBC, or as we are more commonly known, the “Tampa Bladerunners” quickly rose through the dragon boating ranks to become one of the more competitive teams in the Southeast US. In 2009, Great White North ranked the Bladerunners 63rd out of 779 teams in North America.

TBDBC has consistently had impressive representation on Team USA. Club members have traveled to Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Russia and Canada, competing in competitions organized by the International Dragon Boat Federation’s (IDBF) World Dragon Boat and the International Canoe Federation (ICF) throughout the years.

Four TBDBC members were a part of Team USA for the 2017 IDBF World Championships in China in October 2017. All the USA teams performed exceptionally well and came home with several Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments on the world stage!

The TBDBC traveled to Puerto Rico to compete in the 2017 Pan American Club Crew Championships (March 17-19, 2017) and dominated the competition by stellar performances in the following divisions: GOLD-Premier Women (500m, 200m), Premier Mixed (500m, 200m, 2k), Senior A Women (200m); and SILVER - Premier Women (2k), Senior A Women (500m, 2k).

The Bladerunner ladies “Bladies” were undefeated for 2016 and are continuing that trend for 2017. The Bladerunners (both mixed and ladies team) swept the 2016 GWN Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, the 2017 Mira Bay Dragon Boat Festival, the 2017 Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival and the 2017 Southeastern Regional Dragon Boat Association Championships.

In September 2017, for the first time since 2006, the Bladerunners competed in the USDBF Club Crew National Championships in Mercer, NJ, going up against the best teams in the nation. The Bladerunners performed exceptionally well, earning the bronze medal in the Premier Ladies division and 4th place in the Premier Mixed division.

We defended our title at the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival on October 14, 2017,and earned Gold in Premier Open (with SACA) and Silver in both Premier Women and Premier Mixed races. As 2017 draws to a close, we look forward to preparing for the 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary in July 2018.

Are you competitive? We are the team for you! Do you want to become a better paddler? We are the team for you! Come join us and see what dragon boat racing is all about! We’re not just a club, we’re FAMILY! PADDLES UP!!

The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club is organized exclusively to foster amateur competition in the sport of dragon boating. Membership in the Club is open to all persons fourteen years of age or older who exhibit a passion for the sport of dragon boating, and are in proper physical condition, medically able, physically fit, and capable of participating in the sport of dragon boat racing. TBDBC is a non-profit organization.

Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club

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