Mid-Michigan's only dragon boat has found a home at the Grand River, bringing an ancient sport to the heart of Lansing.
Dragon boat racing began more than 2,000 years ago in southern China. Now, the team-building activity is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the US.
With 20 people paddling, a steersman at the rear, and a drummer at the front to keep time, it's a way to enjoy the outdoors and get fit. People of all ages in more than 50 countries around the world take part in the sport.
DragonHeart, Mid-Michigan's first dragon boat paddling experience, now launches its very own 22-passenger, 42-foot-long Hong Kong dragon boat three times a week from Grand River Park, beside the Michigan Princess.
Introductory seminars will be held, free of charge, on the following dates: June 12 at 6:30 p.m., June 14 at 6:30 p.m., and June 16 and 10 a.m.
DragonHeart will supply life jackets, paddles, and basic instruction on technique. Enthusiasts only need to bring "their inner dragon." Men and women of any fitness level are welcome to attend.
For more information, visit www.dragonheartracing.org.