Indy SurviveOars participated in four dragon boat races during the 2014 season. To adequately prepare, we begin practice in the spring, meeting three times a week throughout the season at the Geist Marina. Team practices are essential to prepare for races, but more importantly to the team mission. During practice teammates are able to visit, encourage one-another, set goals, improve strength and stamina and truly “team build”. The bonds and friendships that are created and built during these sessions are strengthened and solidified at race events. In addition, the goal of the team is to improve race times throughout the season, so time and energy during practice is focused on technique, endurance and practice races.
The first race of the 2014 season, on July 26th, was The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a favorite for the team. On September 6th, the team traveled to Alexandria, Kentucky to take part in the Paddling for Cancer Awareness Kentucky Dragon Boat Festival. These first two races are close by and provide a great opportunity for family and friends to attend. The Stratford Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, in Stratford, Canada, September 13th, was a new race for the team this year. It was a cold rainy day, but a wonderful venue and opportunity to meet and compete with some great teams.
Participation in the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival, Sarasota, Florida on October 24-26 was the highlight of the season. This international race is held once every four years. Of 103 teams from around the world participating in this event, Indy SurviveOars placed well within the top half of the finishers! The opportunity to meet and interact with fellow paddlers and breast cancer survivors was a priceless experience. View Video.