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Dragon Boat competition benefits breast cancer survivors

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Registration is now open for the seventh annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival–a boat race that raises money for the Center for Breast Care and healthy lifestyles programming for youth at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse.

Four months ahead of the Saturday, June 22 boat race down the Black River near Copeland Park. Breast cancer survivors from as far as Tennessee and Kentucky caught wind of the competition and plan to attend the popular event.

“It’s really important to the breast cancer survivors because it’s such a team building experience for them,” Mayo Clinic Health System Community Engagement Coordinator Heidi Odegaard said. “They get to get together and they build a real bond and they can support each other.”

There is no charge to watch the dragon boaters compete. Food trucks and music will be available at the festival. The same as last year, there are four racing divisions: community, corporate, breast cancer survivors and youth teams.

The early bird fee is $800 per team. Starting March 31, the fee will rise to $900. Visit the Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival website to find out how to register.

READ MORE: Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival in La Crosse

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