EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Online registration for the third annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival in Eau Claire begins Wednesday, March 1. The Saturday, Aug. 5, event supports Mayo Clinic Health System hospice services for people in the final stages of life.
The 2016 festival was named Volume One magazine’s “Best Sports/Recreation Event (Non Run/Walk)” in its annual Reader’s Choice Poll.
Teams will race along a 250-meter course on Half Moon Lake. Dragon boat racing has its roots in ancient China and is a fast-growing water sport. Corporate and community teams are invited to participate in the festival. Each long, sleek boat is propelled by a crew of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson. Dragon boating is for people 14 and older and all fitness levels.
Team registration will run from March 1 to 31 at mayoclinichealthsystem.org/halfmoondragon. Two options are available:
- Guaranteed team: A limited number of guaranteed teams are available for $1,500, payable at time of registration. This option is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Lottery team: Teams may enter a lottery, and if selected, the registration fee is $1,000, payable by April 17. Teams will be selected by lottery on April 3.
“In just two short years, the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival has grown tremendously thanks to the support of many,” says Mike Morrey, regional chair of Administration for northwest Wisconsin. “It is truly a credit to our amazing community. We are looking forward to making this year’s event bigger and better, while also continuing to shine a light on the importance of hospice.”
The family friendly festival will include music, children’s activities and food.
For more information about registration, please call Maria Seibel at 715-838-3177.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactKristin Everett