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Tampa Blade Runners Take 2014 Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival Championship Run by the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle

Only .01 second separated the 1st and 2nd place winners of the eighteen dragon boat teams from Miami to Jacksonville that competed in The Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival April 5 at Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida, USA.
    TAVARES, FL, April 24, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club's team Blade Runners beat their own 1st place championship time from last year. This year their time was 2:07.32 minutes, besting last year's time of 2:26.61. The Italy bound Black Sheep Marines were right there beside the Blade Runners with a time of 2:07.33. The Miami Dragon Slayers came in third in the final championship race at 2:07.57 minutes (last year 2nd place in 2:30.58). Each took home championship cups and victory towels. The TBDBC Blade Runners also received a ceremonial paddle with a plaque for their Division 1 win. The Village Dragons took the Division 3 winners spot in 2:21.09 minutes.

Eight teams elected to participate in 2K race, new this year. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of this grueling race were the Black Sheep Marines of The Villages 10:34.2, the Miami Dragon Slayers 10:42.4, and TBDBC Blade Runners 10.43.5. Chuck Hiott, 2013-2014 Rotary Club President, said, "Each year the teams get stronger and faster. Some of the teams have competed here since we started 12 years ago." The next Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival is slated for March 13 and 14, 2015.

The Black Sheep Marines took the senior division among five teams. Tampa Bladies won against the other all women's team. Paddlers from the Lake County Dragon Boat Club called Wun Fun Cru won the Measel Cup for 1st Place Community Champions. The winner of the Spirit Trophy was We Be Dragon for their Friday night spirit presentation. We Be Dragon team was sponsored by Ameriprise Financial Services, Linda J. Bennett of Tavares.

Final times and team names are located on Like the page and view race photos at The official photographer of The Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival is Bonnie Whicher Photography, those pictures are available at A vendor, eSportsPhoto, has professional photographs available at until June 6, 2014. The event sponsors are Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, Winn Dixie-Tavares, Jones Edmunds, A Sign Company, Susan Glenn Caddell, DDS, Stinson Electric, City of Tavares, Al's Corner, Tavares Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds from Rotary Club events support charities in the area and around the world. They provide the Independence Day Parade to Mount Dora, give local students college scholarships, host international exchange students, donate books to local schools and libraries, and helped to fund and build the Bates Avenue Community garden in Eustis. More information about their charitable work is at and The club meets at Lake Receptions on 19a in Mount Dora, Florida, USA from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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