LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Mayo Clinic Health System christened one of its new Blue Dragon Boat on Monday.

The boat will be used for the second annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Race, which supports local breast cancer patients and survivors.

About 1,000 people are expected to participate this year, which is nearly double the amount from last year.

One-thousand people will be paddling this year, which is nearly double the amount from last year.

"We're excited and we're really grateful to the community for their support,” said Teri Wildt, Mayo Clinic’s associate director of external affairs. “They really embraced not only what was a strange concept, maybe, last year in Dragon Boat Racing, but just the spirit of the event and the opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivors."

The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race is Saturday July 5 during Riverfest. Registration is still open at riverfestlacrosse.com.