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August 14, 2007 > Dragons on the Bay

Dragons on the Bay

Dragons are real! They will gather for a spectacular fundraising race on Saturday, September 18 at Ryan Park in Foster City. Some local citizens including Fremont Councilmember Steve Cho are unafraid of these beasts and plan to actually ride, control and help the behemoths in a race along the waterways of Foster City. These brave souls have joined with the Bay Area Dragons team to support "Paddle For Life," a charitable organization founded to raise money for cancer research through a full-day novice Dragon Boat race.

Dragon Boating is a team paddling sport involving 20 paddlers (10 along each side), a steersperson and a drummer, racing in a long boat against several others. Dragon boating emphasizes working together with teammates to persevere and synchronize every paddle stroke to fight for the finish line. The sport originated in China, and dates back over 2000 years. In recent years it has become one of the fastest growing international sports, as exhibited by an increasing number of race festivals being held in the US, Canada, Australia, Africa, Europe and throughout Asia. Paddlers of any skill level can enjoy the sport and develop their technique in order to eventually compete on a local, national or even international level.

The spirit of the Paddle for Life race is for everyone to have fun, work as a team and raise money for a good cause. Competing teams will be composed of novice paddlers from various Bay Area corporations, community groups, gyms and cancer survivor organizations.

All proceeds will be distributed equally among the American Cancer Society, the Asian American Cancer Support Network and Team Survivor. Teams will have the opportunity to practice before the race, with equipment, boats, drummers and steerspeople provided by experienced dragon boat paddlers. Teams are grouped into categories such as High Tech, Financial, Law Firms and Biotech.

For more information about Paddle for Life, visit www.paddleforlife.org or call (650) 585-1604. To learn more about Bay Area Dragons, visit www.bayareadragons.org.

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