EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Forty-six teams paddled the waters of Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire on Aug. 5 to raise awareness for hospice services at Mayo Clinic Health System’s third annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival.
In addition to the dragon boat races, attendees experienced a commemoration ceremony honoring those who have been touched by hospice services. During the ceremony, friends and families released carnations into Half Moon Lake to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
During the races, nearly 1,000 team members found that teamwork powered the long, sleek dragon boats adorned with delicate, ornate heads and tails. Teams paddled in sync over the 250-meter course to make the best time.See race results here.
Four teams also received special awards:
- Best dressed drummer: Mario’s Paddle Battle
- Most decorated tent: Mario’s Paddle Battle
- Spirit: Urine Trouble
- Fastest team paddle award: Oar We There Yet
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in 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 ContactDan Lea