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Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing traces its origins back to China, 2,300 years ago. The 45-foot canoes hold teams of 20 paddlers, plus an oarsman and drummer, who must paddle in sync to power the boat over distance.

The ultimate team paddlesport, dragon boating offers a way for absolute beginners to engage in a fun, aerobic activity with a high dose of competition.

Racing Dragon boats has become a hugely popular way for teams of friends, family and co-workers to raise funds for community needs.

In Chattanooga, the annual Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival raises funds for the Erlanger Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Beginners ages 15 and older can try and train for the sport through the Chattanooga Dragon Boat Club, who operate out of Erwin Marine Sales’ marina on Chickamauga Lake.

Learn more about the sport at the Southeastern Regional Dragon Boat Association.

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