Martin’s fifth Dragon Boat Festival set for April 25 at Port Plaza
March 12, 2010
Lacey, Washington —
Martin’s University will
host the fifth annual Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, April 25. This
year the festival will take place at Port Plaza in downtown Olympia. The
festival, presented by
Martin’s in cooperation with the Washington
Dragon Boat Association, will feature 24 teams and is expected to draw
4,000 spectators from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The event, which
runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.
This year’s Dragon Boat lineup features paddling
talent from several colleges, universities, government agencies, and
community organizations. Also participating in the event are many local
and regional teams. Teams from the Cities of Tumwater and Olympia are
preparing to compete against each other as well.
Martin’s is proud to once again host this
event, bringing together members of the local and international
communities for a unique, ancient form of competition,” says Haley
Martin’s director of international programs.
Dragon boat racing dates back to fourth-century
China, commemorating famed poet, Qu Yuan, who threw himself in the Milo
River to protest the political turmoil and suffering of the people at
that time. Today, dragon boat races are an opportunity to celebrate
culture and community.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the “Dotting of
the Eye” ceremony, a blessing of the dragon boats, a lion dance, and
procession of the teams. The races consist of three heats and two
divisions, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m. The
closing and awards will take place at 4 p.m.
Martin’s University has been actively involved
in education and cultural exchanges with China since 1995. Each year,
Martin’s faculty travel to China to teach international
business, accounting, and general education courses.
students regularly participate in China study tours and internship
opportunities in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Zhuhai. In addition, about 45
students from China are currently studying at
The Dragon Boat Challenge is supported by a number
of organizations throughout the Puget Sound area, including the Cities
of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater; the Thurston County Visitor and
Convention Bureau; the Olympia Area Chinese Fellowship; the Thurston
County Chamber; the Thurston County Economic Development Council; the
U.S. Commerce Service, Seattle; the Washington China Relations Council;
and the Washington State Department of Commerce. In addition, many
individuals including students from
contributed to make this year’s festival possible.
For more information about this event, visit:
http://www.stmartin.edu/oipd/events/dragonboat/ or call Haley Thompson at
Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains.
Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses
located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College,
and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Director of international programs
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing