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Dragon Boat Race Cancelled

Published: October 13, 2016

Eugene, OR — Planners announced today that the 2016 Heroes to Oregon Dragon Boat Paddle Challenge is being postponed to Saturday, August 12, 2017.

“Safety is of utmost importance to us, and the weather forecasts are predicting 13 mph wind speeds all day,” Planning Team Chair, Erin Zysett, said. “To put this in perspective, last year it got gnarly in the afternoon with 17 mph winds that cancelled our last heats. Add in the 80 percent change of rain and 58 degrees and that leaves us with a lot of miserable people who didn’t get to paddle.”

Affected teams will receive a discount code that will allow them to register for free for the August 2, 2017 event.  Registration for the 2017 race opens Monday, October 17, 2016.

The money raised through fees this year will still be donated to the Eugene Parks Foundation Veterans Adaptive Sport Project, which "provides funding for injured, ill and disabled Veterans to be able to engage in adaptive sports all year long and encourage veterans to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle."

More information on the event and registration can be found at:

Contact:  Erin Zysett, President, Emerald City Dragon Boat Club(503) 999-2360;

Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
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Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $783 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2019.