THURSDAY, Sept. 12 — Rowboats impressively decorated like dragons will compete in a race to the finish this weekend at Hawk Island Park. The Capital City Dragon Boat Race, an annual charity event put together by the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, joins teams of 15 to 20 in an event that pays tribute to breast cancer and domestic violence survivors.
Why the rowboats dressed up as dragons? The Women’s Center’s website cites a research study by a breast cancer surgeon that noted women recovering from breast cancer coped with the effects of surgery by building their upper body strength. Participants are not expected to have rowing experience, instead they are required to maintain a willingness to “get a little wet, maybe a little sore from paddling and have a whole lot of fun.”
The day will also see a carnation ceremony to remember victims of cancer and domestic violence, lessons about Chinese culture and food/drinks from local businesses.
Capital City Dragon Boat Race
Sunday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hawk Island Park
1601 E. Cavanaugh Road, Lansing