The public is invited to come out to Dexter Lake on Saturday, July 19, in support of local wounded veterans by cheering on participants in the first annual Heroes-2-Oregon (H2O) Dragon Boat paddle challenge! This will be the first dragon boat race held in Lane County.
Twelve teams of 10-18 members each will paddle 40-foot dragon boats on a prescribed 250-meter course out and back; rankings will be determined by time. The first two heats will be held between 9 a.m. and noon. Finalist races expect to be held from 1-2 p.m.
The event is free for spectators, but if you have a burning desire to get in a boat and paddle and are 14 years or older, you can sign up to join a team on site. The cost of registration for a “free agent” is $25. Dexter Lake is located 20 minutes southeast of Eugene on Highway 58.
The City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation program; Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports Commission; and Emerald City Dragon Boat Club and teamed up to bring the sport of Dragon Boating to Lane County, while fundraising for a great cause. Guarantee RV Super Centers is sponsoring the race.
Proceeds will benefit local wounded veterans, helping them regain an active lifestyle by attending the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic where they will battle back from injury, by not only strengthening their bodies but overcoming and improving their overall being and sense of self-worth.
For more than 40 years, the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation has provided diverse recreation programs and services that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. In recent years, Adaptive Recreation has broadened its programming to meet the needs of many wounded, injured and ill veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The mission of Eugene Cascades to Coast Commission is to increase overnight stays in Lane County by marketing the region as a premier destination for sports events. It does this by, among other means, actively seeking out new sports events for Lane County.
Emerald City Dragon Boat Club exists to facilitate and promote the sport of dragon boating for all in Lane County. The club seeks to develop a strong recreational and amateur athletic program that will allow paddlers from all walks of life and abilities to participate in local, regional, national, and international competition.