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Capital City Dragon Boat Race

Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) invites you to join the cultural event that we sponsored, Dragon Boat Race, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 (race practice on May 20, 2017). Organized by the Women Center of Greater Lansing and sponsored by CI-MSU, the 2017 Dragon Boat Race has already attracted lots of teams to participate in the competition.

We are recruiting 20 boat team members (18 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 flag catcher); females and males are both welcome (at least 8 females per boat), to represent our CI-MSU's boat. You will need to attend 2-hour practice on May 20 (Saturday) and May 21 (Sunday) for the actual race (two day commitment). Lunch, snacks, and a free T-shirt will be provided for team members.

For more event information, please clink the link below: 


Team Name:
CI Dragon Warrior

Event Date & Time:
Saturday (5/20) 2 hours between 10:30 am to 4pm
Sunday (5/21) from 8am to 5pm

Practice Day Agenda (5/20):
Each team will get 2 hour designated time to practice from 10:30am to 4pm.
Specific practice time to be determined.

Race Day Agenda (5/21):
7:30am: Group Tai-chi Workout / Awakening the dragon ceremony
8:30am: Race Start
* Depends on the team performance, each team will race several times throughout the day;

full day commitment on 5/21 is needed!!

Hawk Island Park, Lansing, MI

Registration & Waiver:
To register as a boat-team member, please contact:

Liz Li
with your name / phone number / T-shirt Size / Gender

Particiapnts must be at least 14 years old to race. If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian is required. Paddlers need to commit to both 5/20 and 5/21.

You will need to sign the athelte waiver on practice day (5/20) and you will receive an athelet wristband at the practice to use for the race. The deadline for registration is April 30th, 2017.

With origins dating back 2,300 years, Dragon Boat Race is a traditional Chinese cultural event and has become one of the fastest-growing corporate team-building activities in the United States. If you want to explore Chinese culture, don't miss this wonderful opportunity. Even if you don't want to participate in the race, you can experience Chinese culture and learn more about CI-MSU by participating in our various activities for kids and adults. Come support your local community and CI-MSU by watching the races and visiting the Confucius Institute booth in Hawk Island Park.

See you at the race!

Click the following links for more information:

Agenda (Coming Soon)

Boat Seating Plan

Coaching Instructions

Team tips

History of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival:

The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first.

The boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional customs to attempts to rescue the patriotic poet Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumplings.

The celebration's is a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year. It is done so by different practices such as hanging healthy herbs on the front door, drinking nutritious concoctions, and displaying portraits of evil's nemesis, Chung Kuei. If one manages to stand an egg on it's end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will be a lucky one.