Teams Filling Up Fast for Dragon Boat Races

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Time is running out to secure your spot in Green Bay’s upcoming Dragon Boat Races. The number of open spots for the fun race on the Fox River is also running out. So, the time to assemble your team is now. 

Grab a paddle, make your way to the City Deck, and unleash your inner dragon! The Green Bay Dragon Boat Races are Saturday, July 28 and will raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Green Bay

Amanda Gay with the Club stopped by Local 5 This Morning. While the deadline to register for the race is not until July 18, she expects any remaining spots will be filled by then. 

“Dragon Boat racing is the ultimate team water sport that roots back 2,000 years to China. Twenty teammates paddle in a 42 foot long authentic wooden Dragon boat down the race course, with one drummer to keep the pace and one steers person to ultimately capture the fastest time,” Gay said.  “Our race happens right off of City Deck and teams will be racing 250 meters from bridge to bridge. Whether you’re racing this year or not, you will want to come to watch this amazing spectacle on July 28 – especially if you’re already downtown enjoying the morning at the Farmers Market!”
 
Dragon boating is an “every person” kind of sport, according to Gay. The only requirement is that participants must be at least 14-years-old. 

“You do not need to be athletically inclined to be successful. So, whether you are a 20-year-old body builder or a 60-year-old grandparent, you can have fun. The key is not strength, but being synchronized as one team.  

With communication as the number one skill required for dragon boating, corporate teams are jumping at the opportunity to build comradery. It’s a great team-building exercise for employee groups, as well as a fun family outing, Gay said. 
 
“We still have some spots available.  Corporate teams are filling quickly as they are using this for a team building event for their staff!  It gets them out of the office and on the water for a day filled with fun. It promotes comradery, communication, team work, and working towards one goal – all things that are needed to also be successful in the work place,” Gay said.  “We also have a special rate for Nonprofit Organizations and Breast Cancer Survivor teams.” 

If you do not have enough people to fill an entire 21-person team, there are individual sign-ups available.  Registration is open until July 18th, or until it sells out, so get those registrations in. 

The best part of the event? It is raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. 

“The Boys & Girls Club is all about supporting local youth so that they can reach their full potential and by taking part in this event, you are helping us make a difference in young peoples’ lives,” Gay said. “One area that we focus on within our programming is teaching kids about healthy lifestyles. So, what better event to promote that same idea and then raise funds for those programs! These programs give Members access to opportunities like nutrition education, gardening, yoga, basic life skills building like healthy hygiene and so much more.” 
 
For more information and to register to race and/or volunteer visit gbdragonboatraces.com.

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