3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with the Dragon Boat Race

3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with the Dragon Boat Race

Recapping the 16th Annual Dragon Boat Race

If you haven’t been to a Dragon Boat Race before, then you’re missing out big time! This beloved event, which takes place every year in Market Common, promises a day filled with fast-paced dragon boat races, lively music, and vibrant community gatherings, all while paddling hard to support a noble cause. Ground Zero is a place where every teenager can go, belong, and grow. Through life-changing experiences and nurturing relationships, we make a positive impact in the lives of today’s teenagers, cultivating their faith and transforming their futures. Sponsored by Vines Restoration Plumbing HVAC.

1 | Team Spirit & Charity

Not only was it a beautiful day for a race, but it’s also a great place to bring out that competitive side of you and unite your team to reach the finish line. From paddling together to having your drummer dressed up, all to raise funds for a great cause. This 16th Annual Dragon Boat race raised a whopping $251,735.20 with roughly 47 teams.

2 | More Than Just Races

Besides the races, the atmosphere around the Festival buzzed with energy. With live music setting the soundtrack for the day, creating an upbeat backdrop for both competitors and spectators. Families can enjoy a dedicated fun zone, offering activities and games for children of all ages, ensuring a festive day out for everyone.

3 | A Feast for the Senses

Food lovers rejoiced with a plethora of local food trucks, from tacos to lobster rolls to Hibachi, all while watching their favorite team compete. There were also local vendors showcasing arts, crafts, and local products, making it the perfect opportunity to support local businesses while enjoying the festival’s lively environment. The neat part of it all is that any proceeds that these vendors made all went to Ground Zero Ministries in support of their cause.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

47 teams from all over the Grand Strand joined this race, including world champions in support of this amazing cause. Our winners for the day were The Thunder Rockets with a best time of .55 seconds… what?!

And the rest of the winners are amongst:


🏆 CHAMPS: Atlantic Collegiate Academy
2nd place: Christian Academy
3rd place: Carolina Forest High School

3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with the Dragon Boat Race

2nd Place: Monteith Construction
3rd Place: Design The Sign

3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with the Dragon Boat Race

🏆 CHAMPS: F3 Republic
2nd Place: FBC Water Walkers
3rd Place: Primet Pet Paddlers

3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with the Dragon Boat Race

F3 Republic – Raising around $500 for the cause. 

3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with the Dragon Boat Race

🏆 CHAMPS: Thunder Rockets
2nd Place: Myrtle Beach Ballers
3rd Place: Seas the Day

3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with the Dragon Boat Race

Whether you’re a competitor or a cheerleader, the Dragon Boat Festival at The Market Common offers a unique way to experience the spirit of Myrtle Beach while supporting a great cause. Remember, as Ground Zero Ministries puts it, “Every paddle stroke fuels our mission!” So, mark your calendars, gather your teams, and get ready for a day of fun, excitement, and community engagement. For more information, visit Ground Zero Ministries’ website.

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