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New Boats Christened for Big Blue Dragon Race

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race is back in La Crosse for the second year by popular demand. And on Monday, Mayo Clinic Health System christened one of their two new boats.

The new boats are named “Frances” and “Clare” and were purchased because of the overwhelming success of last year’s event. This year, 60 teams and around 1,200 paddlers will participate in the race, double the amount of last year.

The Big Blue Dragon Boat Race will take place on July 5th and all proceeds benefit Mayo Clinic Health System’s Center for Breast Care in La Crosse.

The christening was set for June 2nd since this is also the date of the Dragon Boat Festival in China.

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