published Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Teams race to benefit T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Dragon Boat Races


by Laura Galbraith

On your mark, get set ... race!

Thousands of onlookers, volunteers and team members flocked to the Chickamauga Dam on Saturday for the third annual Dragon Boat Festival.

“I think the biggest change is people now know what the Dragon Boat Festival is,” said Betsy Taylor, the chief development officer at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital. “We’ve had a lot of questions over the years (about) what we are doing and what are these canoes and what is this event going to be like. And now the folks that came the first year, they’re back for the third.”

While there was a lot of friendly competition going on, the teams’ main focus was to raise money for the T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.

“People just love to sweat, they love being with their friends and they love the collaboration,” said Mrs. Taylor. “It’s just a great event.”

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