The annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont and put on by Dragonheart Vermont, drew hundreds of paddlers to take part in the festivities on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Proceeds will benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
One of the largest annual events at Burlington’s Waterfront Park has had to move online this summer.
Due to the restrictions and uncertainty related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival cannot go off as originally planned next month and must shift to a remote format, Dragonheart Vermont announced this week.
The event, which routinely draws more than 1,000 paddlers to Burlington’s shores, had been poised to celebrate its 15th year with festivities the weekend of Aug. 1-2, with teams racing 200 meters along the waterfront and activities on land.
In its time, the festival has helped Dragonheart Vermont raise more than $2.4 million cancer-related organizations such as Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, Vermont Cancer Support Network, Integrative Therapies at the UVM Medical Center, The McClure Miller Respite House and The Young Survivor Network.
This year’s version of the festival will see Dragonheart Vermont’s Breast Cancer Survivors host teams from across the US and Canada in a Sisters at Heart virtual race.
The virtual Community Race Challenge will have team and individual challenges leading up to the final week of July 24-31, during which each person on the team will run, walk, bike, swim, paddle or row for 30 minutes. The traditional flower ceremony will be held online on Aug. 1 and the week will wrap up with an awards ceremony on Aug. 2
More information about this year’s event can be found at dragonheartvermont.org.
Next year’s event is slated to return to Waterfront Park on Aug. 8.
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