SARASOTA/BRADENTON – On Saturday, August 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 100
breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers, representing seven Florida cities, will meet
at Nathan Benderson Park for a day of racing, coaching, exercise instruction, and
seminars on paddling techniques, nutrition and wellness. The event is a preview of the
epic 2014 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission Participatory Dragon Boat
Festival taking place October 24-26 at the same venue, where more than 3,000 BCS
paddlers and supporters, representing more than 10 countries, will converge.
When Tampa’s Pink Dragon Ladies and Miami’s Save Our Sisters teams bid to host the
2014 IBCPC festival, one of their objectives was to increase the amount of breast
cancer survivor teams in Florida. The goal was to establish Ten teams by the Tenth
anniversary of BCS dragon boating in the state. The T.I.T initiative has almost come to
fruition as evident in the participation of the August 9 event where teams from Tampa,
Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Melbourne will attend.
Following the day of racing and seminars, a reception for the pink paddlers will
be held at In the Pink, 1727 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, a new non-profit boutique
dedicated to helping survivors deal with the effects of breast cancer.
The October event will be the largest International Sporting event to date at
Nathan Benderson park.
For more information on the August 9 event or the October festival, contact Kim