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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 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.


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.


In September 2017, for the first time since 2006, the Blade Runners 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.


The Bladerunner ladies “Bladies” have been regionally undefeated for 2016-2018 and are continuing that trend for 2019. The Bladerunners (both mixed and ladies team) swept the 2018 & 2019 Mira Bay Dragon Boat Festival, the 2018 Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival, the 2018 Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival and the 2018 Suncoast International Dragon Boat Festival winning Gold in both Premier Ladies and Premier Mixed. The Blade Runners defended their title at the 2019 Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival with the Gold in Premier Women, Premier Mixed and Premier Open (with SACA).


The Bladerunners competed in Vancouver, Canada at the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival in June 2018 earning 3rd place in the knock out 100m races and placing 8th out of 40 in the Premier Women teams and 13th out of 104 in the Premier Mixed teams; quite an accomplishment!


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 twelve years of age or older who exhibit a passion for the sport of dragon boating, and are medically able, and capable of participating in the sport of dragon boat racing. TBDBC is a non-profit organization.


Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club






    Last Updated (Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:15)