Sunday, April 16, 2006

Dragon Boat Challenge Cup 2006 in Olympia

For the first time ever, Dragon Boat Challenge Cup 2006 will be held at the Capital Lake in Olympia at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2006 to promote community togetherness, cross-cultural awareness, and international friendship.

Dragon boat racing dated back to the fourth century in China to commemorate a famed poet Qu Yuan who threw himself in the Milo River to protest the political turmoil and suffering of the people at that time. Nowadays, dragon boat racing is primarily for fun and festive in nature.

This will be the first annual dragon boat race at the Capitol Lake in Olympia. The event is expected to draw thousands of spectators. Saint Martin’s University is proud to be hosting the event with the cooperation of the Washington Dragon Boat Association. There will be more than 12 teams participating in the event. The teams are from China, Oregon, and many colleges and universities in the Washington State.

The event is endorsed by the following organizations:

  1. Washington China Relations Council
  2. World Trade Center, Tacoma
  3. U.S. Commercial Service, Pacific Northwest
  4. Thurston County Economic Development Council
  5. Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development
  6. Port of Olympia
  7. Port of Tacoma (pending)
  8. Sidney Rittenberg
  9. City of Olympia
  10. City of Lacey (pending)
  11. City of Tumwater
  12. Olympia Area Chinese Fellowship

We will appreciate you support to this event. Your support can be in cash donation (tax deductible), volunteering, and / or joining a rowing team.

For more information, please contact:

360-438-4485 Carleen Jackson, Director, Marketing and Enrollment Management
360-438-4598 Theo Porter, Community Liaison, Saint Martin’s University
360-438-4375 Josephine Yung, Dean, International Education