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

The TBDBC or as we are more commonly known, the "Tampa Blade Runners" 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 Blade Runners 63rd out of 779 teams in North America.

13 members of TBDBC traveled to Szeged, Hungary to compete at the 2013 IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships. Eight members were named to Team USA and five to Team Puerto Rico!

We were featured on WFLA Channel 8 News. Check out the video! WFLA-TV News Channel 8

12 TBDBC members traveled to Poznan, Poland to compete at the 2014 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships on Team USA!

18 TBDBC members (from U16 to Senior C) were on Team USA for the 2015 IDBF World Championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada.

More TBDBC members are trying out for Team USA for the 2017 IDBF World Championships in China. Time trials for this have already started for Premier, Senior A, B, and C. We wish everyone the best of luck!!

The Bladerunner ladies "Bladies" were undefeated for 2016 and expect to continue that trend for 2017. The Bladerunners (both mixed and ladies team) swept the 2016 GWN Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival and have started 2017 with a bang by also sweeping the 2017 Mira Bay Dragon Boat Festival in Apollo Beach on March 4, 2017.

The TBDBC traveled to Puerto Rico to compete in the 2017 Pan American Club Crew Championships (March 17-19) 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).

Are you competitive? We are the team for you! Are you or do you want to be a recreational paddler and enjoy the perks of traveling and paddling with a great group of people? We are the team for you! Come join us and see what dragon boat racing is all about! 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 an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club


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