Dragon Boat Races Coming To La Crosse

Dragons will soon be filling the Mississippi River come this July.


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Terri Pedace, breast cancer survivor says the first time event will promote breast cancer awareness, provide a healthy activity for community members and will engage the community into a new type sport. There are two events you can sign up to racing and one just for breast cancer survivors and supporters.



Key Facts about Big Blue Dragon Boat Race


Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare

It’s the region’s first-ever dragon boat race


Event Date:

Big Blue Dragon Boat Race

July 6, 2013

Riverside Park


Schedule of Events:

8 a.m. time trials

11 a.m. opening ceremony

2 p.m. breast cancer survivor ceremony



What is a dragon boat race?


• Originated in ancient China

• Equal parts sporting event and spectacle

• Racing boats are 40’ to 50’ long

• Teams of 18 paddlers, a drummer, flag catcher and steer person

• Races take place in heats on courses ranging from 250 to 1,000 meters


Symbolism of Chinese dragons is?


• Caring and gracious protectors

• Symbolize happiness, wisdom, power, good luck and activity

• Divine rulers of lakes, rivers and seas


Who can participate?


• Open to entire community

• Well suited for people of all ages and fitness levels.

• Two divisions: open racing and breast cancer survivors and supporters

• Corporate teams encouraged

• Registration deadline is Friday, June 7

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