Dragon Boat Festival

Sunday, September 10th, 2023 from 7:30am to 3:00pm (ET)
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Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, Lorain, OH 44052 from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Transportation is provided.  We depart campus at 7:30 am to make it to Lorain in time for the Opening Ceremony.

For more information see: https://www.cledba.org/cdba-dragon-boat-festival

  • What is dragon boat racing?
    Dragon boating is the ultimate team sport. A team of paddlers work in unison to propel the boat forward from a standing start, the aim being to reach the finish line in the fastest time. A dragon boat team consists of 20 paddlers sitting two abreast in a 46-foot-long boat, a cox who steers the dragon boat from the rear and a drummer who sits at the front and marks the pace. 

  • Who can participate?
    Dragon boating provides a full body workout suitable for any - and every - body. The key to moving the boat is how well paddlers work together as a team. The team cannot paddle faster than its slowest member, and each and every paddler's strength and reach have to be balanced in the boat. 

  • What are the origins of dragon boat racing?
    Dragon boating began in China more than 2,000 years ago, originating from superstitious beliefs that boat racing would ensure prosperous and bountiful crops. The celebrations were conducted during the summer solstice, the time of the year when natural calamities such as disease and death were more prevalent. Dragon boating has come to symbolize both humankind’s struggle against nature and the fight against dangerous enemies.

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