LA CROSSE, Wis.
Registration is now open for the second annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Race
hosted by the Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare
. The race will take place on July 5, 2014, on the Mississippi River along La Crosse’s Riverside Park.
The Dragon Boat Race is relatively new to the La Crosse community and is an exciting way to support and celebrate breast cancer
survivors while promoting health and teamwork. The money from the event goes to the Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare's Center for Breast Care, and the early-bird team registration fee is $700 if paid by April 15 and $800 afterwards.
Not only does this event sponsor sport and exercise, but also spectacle, as the act of the race itself brings a diverse set of spectators from all over the area. Last year the race brought in over 2,500 people to watch the race unfold. According to Teri Wildt, associate director of External Affairs at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, spectators and participants consisted of fitness enthusiasts, Rotarians, Franciscan Sisters, colleagues and breast cancer survivors. This year's race coordinators expect 60 teams to race head-to-head on the Mississippi River, with five separate divisions: corporate, mixed, men’s, breast cancer survivors and cancer survivors.