Indy SurviveOars participated in four dragon boat races during this 2013 season. To adequately prepare, we began practice April 27, meeting three times a week throughout the season at the Geist Marina. Team practices are essential to adequately prepare for races, but more importantly to the team mission. During practice teammates are able to visit, set goals, encourage one-another, 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 season was June 22 & 23 when the team traveled to The 25th Tim Hortons Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Toronto, Canada. Over 175 teams participated; a great opportunity for team members to be exposed to world class dragon boat athletes and teams. The next race was July 27, The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival in Arlington Heights, Illinois. There were enough Indy SurviveOars and SupportOars attending this event to enter two boats into the competition. The Kentucky Pink in the Park Dragon Boat Festival in Alexandria, Kentucky, September 7, is one of the team’s favorite races. This 250m race is held to support and bring awareness to breast cancer causes. The team ended the 2013 race season at the Walgreens Orlando Dragon Boat Festival, in Disneyland, Orlando, Florida on October 19, competing in the Breast Cancer Division. The race venue was located in Disney Downtown. Team members, family and friends were able to visit and interact with 85 teams from around the country.