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Dragon Boat fest draws 80 teams to Lanier

By Jane Harrison
 
Eighty teams competed in the annual Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival races at Lake Lanier Olympic Park Sept. 9. About a dozen local schools, companies and clubs sent dragon boaters to race against their counterparts from across metro Atlanta.

The sunny late summer day brought thousands of spectators to sample exotic cuisine, see Asian performers in the opening ceremony, and cheer for their favorite teams. The event, directed by the Atlanta Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office and run by the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, offered spectators a glimpse of what to expect in next year’s ICF Dragon Boat World Championships. 
 
Set for Sept. 12-16, the international races are expected to bring 2,000 athletes and coaches and as many as 10,000 spectators to LLOP. High level athletes in the fiercely competitive world championship races will power the long boats more swiftly on the Olympic channel than the recreational boaters who paddle mainly for fun in the annual festival.

Posted online 9/29/17
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