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Big Blue Dragon Boat Race moved to Black River

Event to take place July 5 by Copeland Park

Big Blue Dragon Boat Race moved to Black River

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race has been moved due to the high water level on the Mississippi River.

The Race will now take place on the Black River by Copeland Park on July 5. Organizers are finalizing logistics for teams, sponsors, volunteers and spectators.

The Mississippi River is above flood stage and is not expected to crest until July 2.

"The Mississippi River is just not safe enough for our paddlers to compete," Big Blue Dragon Boat Race co-organizer Terri Pedace said in a statement. "We feel comfortable with the Black River because teams have been practicing in those calmer waters and will be more comfortable in that setting. We are encouraging the teams and spectators not only to enjoy our event, but to also take advantage of the many fun activities at Riverfest Park."

There are 52 teams this year with 22 paddlers each. The event will begin with Qualifying Races at 8 a.m.  Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 11 a.m. and the breast cancer survivor ceremony will take place at about 3 p.m.  Semi-finals and finals will be taking place all afternoon. Awards and closing ceremonies will take place around 5 p.m.

The event supports local breast cancer patients and survivors.

Updates will be posted on the Big Blue Dragon Boat race website.

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