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More than 15 years ago, when i was still a little kid, my father took me to see a Dragon Boat race in a river near my house at Dragon Boat festival. I was too young to remember all the details. I just knew it was crowded around the river that day. Many people were standing along the both sides of the river. That was the only memory i had about dragon boat race held in my hometown. Since then, i have never seen any dragon boat race in my hometown until five years ago.

Five years ago, in order to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival and bring back the tradition, a dragon boat race was held again. Luckily, our village had a chance to take part in it. But unfortunately, i was not one of the players.

Our dragon boat race differs from that held in other places which goes 500 to 1500 meters long straightly. That is short dragon boat race in our view. The dragon boat race held in my hometown is quite different from that. The total distance from the beginning to the end may reach 15 km. So generally, we will have to spend a lot of time to practice. Mostly, half month is needed. As we need to exercise our body, at the same time, we need to coordinate and try to work as a team. The race goes along the river. All the boats will be hooked in the strong line in the middle of the river when it is going to start,sometimes the water goes very fast. For the first part, it will goes about 7 km straightly from the starting point. Then at the other end, there are three benchmarks in the river. They are made into a cycle, and all the boats need to take 2 and a half cycles before the race end, which makes the distance up to 15 km totally.

As i can recall, when we participated in the race five years ago. After we trained for 15 days, we were at fourth, out of 13, and 6 boats were rewarded in the race. At the beginning, we were at the first place, but with the time went by, our players become more and more tired, weaker and weaker. One of the boats running after us surpassed us at the first lap. At that time, we were hopeful to keep in the second place. While at the second lap, we went down two places because the helmsman made a big mistake while rowing across the river. Finally, we were at fourth. And that has been the best result we got in all the races we took part in in the past tens years. As i was told, many years ago, when my grandfather were young, they started to take part in the race. they participated in the race for many times, the best result was at sixth. Long time later, it was renewed by the fourth place. And that was the only race i could remember very clear.

Today is April 20 in Chinese Lunar calendar. The Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner. People are now prepare to start training, and then participate the race. And luckily, i will be one of the players this year.

So, good luck. 

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Reply Report Chengking 2017-5-16 11:40
Dragon boat races are held in the United States as well. My nephew, who lives in Boston, is an avid participant. His team travels to different locales in the U.S. to take part in the races.
Reply Report Guo'er 2017-5-17 11:12
Chengking: Dragon boat races are held in the United States as well. My nephew, who lives in Boston, is an avid participant. His team travels to different locales ...
that's good.
we have our boat repared today. as we are going to take part in this year's race held on May 5th Lunar Calendar.

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  • dragon boat race 2017-5-17 11:12

    Chengking: Dragon boat races are held in the United States as well. My nephew, who lives in Boston, is an avid participant. His team travels to different locales ...
    that's good.
    we have our boat repared today. as we are going to take part in this year's race held on May 5th Lunar Calendar.

  • dragon boat race 2017-5-16 11:40

    Dragon boat races are held in the United States as well. My nephew, who lives in Boston, is an avid participant. His team travels to different locales in the U.S. to take part in the races.

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