BIG BLUE DRAGON BOAT RACE
Saturday, July 6, 2013
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Mayo Clinic Health System Center for Breast Care partners
with Riverfest to bring a new, exciting event to La Crosse
Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare is hosting a new annual event in conjunction with Riverfest: The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race. The inaugural race will be held on the Mississippi River on Saturday, July 6, 2013 just off shore Riverside Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The Dragon Boat Race is a fresh and exciting event promoting community health and teamwork while also raising awareness of breast cancer. Dragon boat teams include community members, local enthusiasts, breast cancer survivors and supporters, corporate colleagues and others teams from across the country.
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Schedule of Events
8 a.m. Time Trials
11 a.m. Opening Ceremony
2 p.m. Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony
6 p.m. Closing Ceremony
What is dragon boating?
Equal parts sporting event and spectacle, dragon boating is a team sport that has its roots in ancient China. In the last 25 years, dragon boating has been revitalized, and is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. A dragon boat is a long, colorful boat, similar to a racing canoe. Each boat 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.
Can anyone paddle a dragon boat? Do I have to be an athlete?
Dragon boating can work for people of all ages and fitness levels. What other sport do you know of where you can put people of different sizes and strength levels together and produce a successful team? No one person shines — the team must function as a whole in order to move the boat smoothly and quickly. There are premier athletes who excel in the sport. There are youth teams learning the sport. All skill levels are welcome; but persons with health limitations should talk to a doctor.
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.
What is the connection between dragon boats and breast cancer survivors?
Twenty years ago, women who had breast cancer surgery were often told to be careful how they used the arm on the affected side to avoid lymphedema (chronic swelling of the arm). In 1996, Canadian doctor and professor, Don McKenzie, decided to test this advice by forming the first breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat crew.
He believed the teamwork could provide emotional support while the upper body exercise would help prevent lymphedema. McKenzie was proven correct. None of the women in the study developed lymphedema, all experienced greater health and well-being, and those who had lymphedema when the study began found their symptoms had improved.
As news of McKenzie’s findings spread, women living with breast cancer, as well as those who
support them, began forming dragon boat crews. The movement has helped propel dragon boat racing into one of the world’s fastest-growing water sports.
The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race is L.I.F.T. initiative for the greater La Crosse community. L.I.F.T. is a designation for Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare initiatives that are designed to proactively improve the quality of LIVING for people in the region. L.I.F.T. is reserved for initiatives that have a lasting IMPACT, infuse FRANCISCAN values and promote collaboration and TEAMWORK. Community projects and events that are backed by L.I.F.T. reflect those most highly valued for their potential to improve the lives of people throughout the Franciscan Healthcare service area.