EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Online lottery registration for the fourth annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival in Eau Claire begins Thursday, March 1:
- Team registration runs from March 1 to 31 at halfmoondragonboat.org.
- Teams will be selected by lottery on April 3.
- All teams are encouraged to fundraise in support of this event. Fundraising tools will be provided.
- Top fundraising teams will receive awards.
The Saturday, Aug. 4, event will support awareness and funding of local cancer programs in northwest Wisconsin. The event, which was named the Best Sports Recreation Event Non-Run/Walk by Volume One Magazine for the past two years, has raised nearly $500,000 in the past three years.
Fifty-two 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. 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. Corporate and community teams are invited to participate in the festival.
This year’s event is the first as a joint partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System and Hope in the Valley, a Chippewa Valley-based nonprofit cancer advocacy organization.
“We are thrilled to partner with Mayo Clinic Health System for this amazing event,” says Renelle Laffe, Hope in the Valley founder. “More people continue to enjoy and support the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival each year, and we’re so excited for what’s ahead in 2018.”
“In just three short years, the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival has grown tremendously thanks to thousands of participants and volunteers, along with the support of sponsors and partners, like Hope in the Valley,” says Mike Morrey, regional chair of Administration, Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “We look forward to making this year’s event even bigger and better with the support of Hope in the Valley as our organizations share the same commitment to raising awareness and support for cancer patients in our community.”
The family friendly festival will include music, children’s activities and food.
For more information about registration or sponsorships, call Laffe at 715-864-9500. Get more information about cancer care services at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Press ContactKristin Everett