Walgreen’s Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival presented by PepsiCo Wins “Best Amateur Single-Sport Event” presented at SportsTravel Awards Festival supported by Meet Chicago Northwest and Arlington Heights Park District
Arlington Heights, IL (November 11, 2015): The Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival presented by PepsiCo and produced by GWN Dragon Boat was honored as The Best Amateur Single-Sport Event at the SportsTravel Awards in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The SportsTravel Awards honor excellence in sporting event production and management at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels and are considered one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.
The Walgreens Major League Dragon Boat Series has a history of creating events recognized for their excellence by the SportsTravel Awards, having been nominated four previous times. The Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival garnered the same award in 2012.
GWN Dragon Boat is thrilled to have another one of its Walgreens Major League Dragon Boat events recognized. “This event was truly a team effort between GWN Dragon Boat sponsors, local partners and the participants that registered to compete,” says Aaron Soroka, Chief Operating Officer at GWN Dragon Boat. “Acknowledgement such as this confirms our hard work and continued commitment to executing the best dragon boat events in the world.”
Started in 2012, the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival presented by PepsiCo has experienced tremendous growth in size, both in competition and programming with 60 Teams, 1,600 participants and over 5,000 spectators involved in the July 2015 event. It receives support from many local organizations and businesses including MEET Chicago Northwest and the Arlington Heights Park District.
“Unique events like this are important to our region, says Melinda Garritano, Sports Sr. Account Executive at MEET Chicago Northwest, it provides opportunities for community involvement and generates economic impact to the surrounding area through hotel, restaurant and shopping revenue.”
Heading into its 5th year, the Walgreen’s Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival will return to Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights, IL on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
ABOUT GWN DRAGON BOAT
GWN Dragon Boat (www.gwndragonboat.com) is North America’s largest full-service dragon boat event production company. GWN is contracted to provide varying levels of service to over 30 annual festivals in Canada and the United States. GWN is the creator and owner of the only dragon boat event series in North America, Walgreens Major League Dragon Boat, producing nine festival properties throughout the year.
Since its inception in 1993, GWN has been involved in the production of both National and International level competitions, the execution of over 450 festivals, and has been the leader in developing the sport in local communities across North America. www.gwndragonboat.com, www.facebook.com/GWNDragonBoat
Aaron Soroka, Chief Operating Officer
Great White North Communications Inc.
Dave Parulo, President
MEET Chicago Northwest