Dragon Boat Races Bring Thousands to Burlington Waterfront

Burlington, Vt. - Burlington's waterfront was flocked with about 5,000 people Sunday for the Annual Dragon Boat Festival.

60 teams competed in the 2017 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Races for a good cause. Eight-year volunteer Linda Retchin told Local 22 & Local 44 that teams are raising money for two different organizations: Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and Dragonheart Vermont.

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is a camp for children who have or have had cancer and Dragonheart Vermont is a team made up of breast cancer survivors. Retchin estimated that 70 to 80 survivors competed.

"Look at this–look at this view," Retchin said as she looked out from the waterfront. "It's breathtaking and to raise funds and give back to the community. Nothing can be beat."

Organizers said they won't know how much they made from the weekend races until the end of August. That's because they are still collecting donations throughout the month.

You can learn more about the Dragon Boat Races at their website: http://RIDETHEDRAGON.ORG

You can also donate to the cause by visiting: http://www.dragonheartvermont.org/


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