To help all paddlers participate as much as possible, the SunDragons carpool to the majority of our races. Every parent is asked to drive to at least one race, and to be willing to fill any extra seats they may have in their car with other teammates. Paddlers who are carpooling with others are asked to please contribute to the cost of gas for the journey. All carpools should be arranged in advance either at practice or by e-mail. Paddlers are not allowed to drive other paddlers.

The team may travel in a caravan to some of the away races. In such a case, the team will meet at the Peterkort Commercial Center - Sunrise Bagels; 10902 S.W. Barnes Rd, Portland  97225. The earliest we have met for a carpool is 2:30 a.m., the latest is 5:45 a.m.. 

For some of the races that are further away, some paddlers chose to either drive up the night before and spend the night in a hotel or drive up the morning of the race and spend that evening in a hotel. This is fine, but paddlers are still responsible for arriving at the race site on time. Lateness will not be excused and may result in a loss of position in the boat. 

Sample itinerary for races in other regions

Times and directions for sample purposes only.

Meeting location: Peterkort Commercial Center

5:30 a.m: Check-in with Vernon upon arrival; riders that need transportation locate their vehicles

6:10 a.m: Departure from Sunrise Bagels to race site. Allow for one 10-minute I-5 Rest Stop (first exit north of the Great Wolf Lodge Resort).

8:20 a.m:  Arrival time, team registration & Captain's Meeting (attended by Coaches, selected crew boat captains, & steersmen); paddlers go directly to the assigned SunDragons tent site.

9:20 - 9:50 a.m:  Prepare for first race of the day: group run/stretching & warm-ups with visual drills; paddlers wait at tent until marshaling.

10:00 a.m:   SunDragons go to marshaling area

10:25 a.m: First race of the day

11:30-4:00: Second, third races

4:30: Awards Ceremony