What is dragon boat racing?
Equal parts sporting event and spectacle, dragon boat racing originated in ancient China. The brightly colored racing boats are 40' to 50' long. Each is propelled by a crew of 18 paddlers, a drummer, flag catcher and steer person. Races take place in heats on courses ranging from 250 to 1,000 meters.
What is The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race?
"Big Blue" is an inaugural dragon boat event that will be held July 6, 2013, in La Crosse in conjunction with Riverfest. Crews of breast cancer survivors, corporate colleagues, community members and others will race head-to-head on the Mississippi River to support women with breast cancer.
Who benefits from "Big Blue"?
The community's collective paddle power will support the Center for Breast Care at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. Area women served by programs on breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship will benefit from the funds raised.
How can you be part of the fun?
There will be many opportunities for everyone to join in. Paddle on one of the dragon boat teams. The sport is well suited for people of all ages and fitness levels. Cheer on your favorite team from along the shore in Riverside Park.