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KARM Dragon Boat Festival revving up for July

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  KARM Dragon Boat Festival participants. -- Photo courtesy KARM.

KNOXVILLE - The Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) is revving up for it 16th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is a fun, family friendly event. Dedicated participants, volunteers, and sponsors raise money to support homeless men, women, and children in our community. As the largest dragon boat event in East Tennessee, it's an amazing experience to be part of.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a fantastic opportunity for your company, church, friends and family to come together and raise important funds to support the Knox area community while building camaraderie. Each registrant will receive their own fundraising page to personalize, where their supporters can make contributions toward the paddler's team's goal.

KARM is devoted to helping restore lives in Jesus' name through combining emergency rescue with positive, encouraging relationships. KARM provides food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and healing for hurting people in our community. KARM is home to nearly 400 people each night and serves nearly 1,000 meals daily, caring for those in need as a Christian ministry since 1960. For more information about KARM, please visit

NEW FOR 2018 - Teams will select fundraising level at registration to receive perks on race day. Please see Team Fundraising & Incentives in the resource center for more information.

Want to fundraise with your team but not race? You can absolutely still sign up - there is no limit for fundraising team members.

Don't have a team and don't want to race but want to fundraise? Register under Virtual Boat. You'll receive a fundraising page to personalize.

Race Day Information:

• Saturday, June 23, 2018
• Location: The Cove at Concord Park; 11808 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922
• NEW - Teams will select a fundraising level at registration to receive race day perks.
• Teams of up to 20 rowers and 1 drummer (with 4 alternates) will compete on race day to be the fastest boat in the water.
• Team Categories: Women's Division (all paddlers are women), Mixed Division (at least 6 paddlers are women), and Open Division.
• Race Day Check-In: 6:30-8:00am
• First Race: 8:15am

For more information on team and individual supporters, please contact Yvonne Key at or office number (865)633-7653.

If you are interested in sponsorship or vendor opportunities, please contact Mark Roberts at or (865)230-3398.

For more information on the event, please visit

Published May 26, 2018

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