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Colorful dragon boats compete on Lake Arlington

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  • The Walgreens Dragon Boat team Pharma-Seas outrows other teams for a victory Saturday at the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Arlington.

       The Walgreens Dragon Boat team Pharma-Seas outrows other teams for a victory Saturday at the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Arlington.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Christine Cartina of Mundelein calls out the beat for the Walgreens Dragon Boat team Pharma-Seas on Saturday at Lake Arlington.

       Christine Cartina of Mundelein calls out the beat for the Walgreens Dragon Boat team Pharma-Seas on Saturday at Lake Arlington.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Crowds watch from shore as the dragon boat teams race toward the finish line Saturday at the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Arlington.

       Crowds watch from shore as the dragon boat teams race toward the finish line Saturday at the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Arlington.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

Dragon boating, the world's fastest-growing water sport, returned to Lake Arlington on Saturday.

Aaron Soroka from Toronto, Canada, who oversees the event, said the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival, presented by PepsiCo., was "overjoyed to be back for a third year at Lake Arlington."

More than 35 dragon boat teams from across North America competed in colorful, ornate boats. The event combines strength with the teamwork of 20 paddlers in a boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China.

"Anybody can do it," said Soroka, who added that he is excited about the growing interest in the sport. "The goal is to engage people to be more healthy."

The day also featured Walgreens products and services geared toward a healthy lifestyle, an Asian Cultural Village with multicultural performances and a Kids Zone with activities for children.

Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Salute Inc., a suburban organization dedicated to veterans and their families.

For more information, go to www.gwndragonboat.com.

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