Dragon Boat Racers Hang Loose Before Festival

By KBJR News 1

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- It's just over two weeks till thousands of people gather at Barker's Island in Superior to watch one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.

The Superior Dragon Boat Festival has become a world class competition for Dragon Boat Racing, attracting some of the sports elite athletes. But some teams use the race as a time to let loose, and build on something beyond dragon boat racing.

Those on team Raisin Cains, representing the Lighthouse of Superior, an assisted living community, competition is laughable.

"We are changing a couple things up. We are going to get serious this year. Right? Ya, No we just go to have fun, we go to team build, we go to let off some steam and see what we got," said Terri Wickett with Lighthouse of Superior.

The race for some two minutes of physical torture, but for Team Raisin Cain's, it is still enjoyable.

"Everybody says it's this intense, awful two minutes but it's really kind of fun...it really is," said Collen Morgan with Lighthouse of Superior.

"We wait for our turn, we don't do laps around the campsites. We don't do any of that. We relax, we have fun and do the best we can," said Wickett.

Because, for team Raison Cains, this race is more about bringing their team at work together.

"You get to know people when you're not at work and everybody is just more themselves," said Wickett.

"You can joke, you can relax, you just feel more comfortable with them than after that is over," said Morgan.

On top of that, the money raised goes toward a cause that needs all the help it can get.

"Breast cancer is an epidemic; it's overwhelming; and to be able to be a part of something and give back and have fun, and team build, it's a win, win situation."

The first day of the two day Dragon Boat Festival is August 24th.