Twenty-eight teams competed in the 10th Annual Mountain States Foundation Dragon Boat Festival at Warrior's Path State Park. (Matthew Lane photo)
KINGSPORT — Hundreds of paddlers hit the water at Warriors Path State Park on Saturday with 28 teams vying for the championship cup in the 10th annual Mountain States Foundation Dragon Boat Festival.
In addition to having a day of fun on the lake, the teams raised more than $100,000 for the Willow Unit, Woodridge Hospital’s inpatient behavioral health unit for children and adolescents.
The total amount raised exceeded $105,000 with $72,000 of the amount coming from the fundraising efforts of the paddlers, said Marsha Hammond, the corporate director for signature events and marketing at the Mountain States Foundation.
Team “Rowing in the Dough” raised the most with $25,791, with the runner-up being Team “Oar We There Yet” with $5,430.
Following a day’s worth of heats, the winner of the Mountain States Foundation Championship Cup was “Murray’s Marauders” with a time of 54:32. Second place went to “Axis 2 Boat 1” with a time of 56:09, while third went to “Bell Flew By You Once” with a 56:11 finish time.
The Spirit Award winner was “Soldering Serpents,” while the Dragon and On Award (slowest boat) went to Citi Power.
While the adults battled it out to see who was the overall champion, kids had a chance to hit the water too with a Kids Paddle event, sponsored by Club Z. The event also included music from ADJ, numerous food vendors, art on display from local artists and a health fair from Blood Assurance.
“Dragon Boat is a family fun event and we wanted to include some activities for children to get involved in the sport of dragon boat paddling,” Hammond said. “They’ve seen the adults doing this for years, and now they can try it out as well.”