The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation, along with presenting sponsors Louisiana Mortgage Associates and Northwestern Mutual, will host the fifth annual Dragon Boat Race on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. VIP Event Sponsors include Golden Nugget, Entergy, Coushatta Casino Resort and Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. This free event is open to the community and, in addition to lots of competitive fun among the teams, will offer activities for the kids and lots of fun, food and music on the beautiful Lake Charles lakefront.

A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft and is the basis of the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing, an amateur water sport, which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China. The sport is known for team-building.

In this year’s race, up to 30 teams will compete to be awarded the 2017 Dragon Boat Race winning team. Each team consists of 20 members who paddle a 41-foot vessel to the beat of their team drummer. Each team will have one hour of practice the week of the race. Teams can develop a unique theme and team name and will compete in one race for their best time. After this qualifying race, all the teams are classified into groups based on best time and race up to two more times to determine the winners in each of the groups.

During the races, Kohl’s Kids Club will hold a Healthy Living Fair at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be activities for the entire family that encourage good nutrition and healthy choices.

“The Dragon Boat Race is our biggest fundraiser of the year for our Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) program here at the Hospital,” said Cara Wyland, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation’s CMN Director. “It’s a time when the generosity, competitive spirit and family-oriented nature of this community come together to make a huge difference for the kids of Southwest Louisiana. On top of that, it’s huge fun!”

Everyone is invited out to watch this exciting event. There will be food and drink vendors, music and a family-friendly atmosphere. The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation is excited to bring this opportunity to promote fitness and wellness in an atmosphere of camaraderie at our picturesque Lakefront Seawall and Boardwalk.
Proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network. For more information or information on volunteering for the race, visit www.stpatrickfoundation.org or call (337) 430-5353.