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Philadelphia Independence Dragon Boat Regatta

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Saturday June 6th, 2015

Just got back from the Philadelphia Independence Dragon Boat Regatta on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River...where my wife and I joined a 20 member team of rowers for a fourth year to win 2nd place for the second year in a row !!


Our Team Logo:

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Our Medal:


Our Mission:

We all rowed to help support and raise funds for Operation First Response...

Operation First Response, Inc., supports our nation’s Wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injury, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life into the civilian world.

Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses.


The boats, festooned in brilliantly colored dragon heads and tails, are manned by teams of 20 paddlers with an additional staff drummer and staff steersmen to compete against each other in several heats throughout the day.

But that’s just half the excitement. A wide range of corporate, civic and community groups send teams to this regional event, and each team sets up a tented picnic area along the riverfront ~ making for a fun and festive atmosphere for paddlers and spectators alike.

Dragon Boat Race History:

Dragon Boat racing is a tradition that dates back to 278 B.C., when the ancient Chinese poet and statesmen, Qu Yuan, drowned himself in the Milou River.

According to legend, local fishermen rushed out to rescue him, and failing that, banged drums and splashed furiously with their paddles, hoping the uproar would deter dragons and fish from eating his body.

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Thanks Mark...!!

I proud to be part of a group that cares about our wounded veterans...who deserve better than what they get in return for their sacrifices !!
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