We participated in the annual Duncan Williams Dragon Boat Races this year! This was our 5th time to have a paddle team and we all had a blast (except for the sunburn part). The Dragon Boat Races were held all day Saturday May 13th at Mud Island to raise money for St. Jude and the weather could not be more beautiful. Dragon boats are similar to a canoe, except they are 46 feet long, shallower, and thinner. They take a team of 20 paddlers, plus a drummer, to row.
Overall, our team placed 18th overall, out of 42 total teams with the average of 3 heats. We also won third place in the Restaurant Division. Congrats to all of our team members!
This event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today. Because of St. Jude supporters, St. Jude creates more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital and turns laboratory discoveries into lifesaving treatments that benefit patients — every day. Our team raised $490!
For more information on St. Jude you can visit their website at https://www.stjude.org/ .For more pictures from the races, visit our Facebook page. For more information regarding the races, visit the event website. We encourage everyone to enter a boat next year. It’s great fun, and our team welcomes more challenge!