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Big Blue Dragon Boat Race coming to La Crosse

Published On: May 14 2013 01:22:12 PM CDT
Updated On: May 14 2013 06:15:45 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race is coming to La Crosse as part of Riverfest 2013 on Saturday, July 6.

The money from the event will go towards the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare's Center for Breast Care. The Center provides cancer prevention and screening services, as well as cancer treatment.

As part of the dragon boat race, which originated in ancient China, crews paddle racing boats that are 40 to 50 feet long.  Each team includes 18 paddlers, a drummer, flag catcher and a steer person. The races take place in heats on courses ranging from 250 to 1,000 meters.

Event organizers say people from various fitness levels from the community are encouraged to participate.

"Groups of friends can form teams, church groups, community organizations, businesses. There are teams of all different sorts and divisions all over the country and it's just a fun, healthy way to get involved in the community," said event co-chair Terri Pedace with Mayo Clinic Health System.

Pedace says the boat, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Teams just have to sign up for the race. The registration deadline is Friday, June 7. For more information on the event, you can go to the Big Blue Dragon Boat Race website.

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