DRACO Awarded Cancer League of Colorado Grant!

DRACO Awarded Cancer League of Colorado Grant

DRACO is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $3,500 Service Grant by the Cancer League of Colorado, in support of its BCS dragon boat program.  These funds will be used for dragon boating equipment and associated costs so that Colorado survivors may enjoy the many benefits of BCS dragon boat racing.

Many thanks to the Cancer League of Colorado for your support!!!

 

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DRACO to Participate in BCS Pink Hat Tea Event

Pink Phantoms to attend Pink Hat Tea

As part of its effort to promote its Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS) Dragon Boat Program, members and supporters of DRACO’s Pink Phantoms crew will be participating in this year’s BCS Pink Hat Tea on April 7, an event hosted by the Lutheran Medical Center for the benefit of newly diagnosed and long-term breast cancer survivors.  The theme of this year’s event, to be held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, is “Brewing Gratitude”, and will focus on finding gratitude in your life and how it fits into healthy survivorship.

We plan to have a dragon boat on display, along with video and/or other promotional materials.  Please join us for this great event, and help support both our program and the local BCS community!

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Lois Mitchell – Paddler Bio (Pink Phantoms)

Lois Mitchell  ( LO <o> I )  

I’ve been Dragon Boat paddling since April 2016 for the Phantom Dragons/Pink Phantoms.

I attended a Pink Hat Tea Celebration for Breast Cancer Survivors with a friend who was a survivor.  I saw the dragon boat display, and decided I would try out as a breast care supporter due to many friends and relatives having breast cancer.  I was immediately hooked on Dragon Boat paddling, and have competed in multiple events in Colorado and Arizona. I love the team spirit and friendly competition. It’s a great sport to promote health and happiness, and collect a little bling!

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Christina Miranda – Paddler Bio (Phantom Dragons)


Christina Miranda  

Christina Miranda joined the Phantom Dragons in 2016 after a life-long search for a sport that would not involve balls whizzing straight at her admittedly large target of a noggin. Christina loves the sound of the water swishing off the sides of the dragon boat, and being able to see the finish line while paddling. 

Christina has participated in dragon boat races with the Phantom Dragons at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Denver, and events in Grand Lake, Colorado and Tempe, Arizona.  She looks forward to joining the team in more exotic racing locales such as San Francisco and Portland. In her off the water life, Christina is proud to serve in the Air Force Reserves, and at the Colorado Department of Labor. 

 

Kamikaze Launches 4000+ in Punkin Chunkin Colorado 2K17

Kamikaze Launches 4000+ in Punkin Chunkin Colorado 2K17!

Click on Photo for Video of Launch!

DRACO was well-represented at this year’s Punkin Chunkin Colorado, a two-day, nationally-sanctioned pumpkin launching competition held in Aurora, Colorado on October 7-8, 2017.  This is an annual event for members of the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crews, providing an opportunity to gain publicity for DRACO and our breast cancer survivor (BCS) program.

We had a great competition this year. Although we didn’t have quite the distance capability of the two largest air cannons that competed (each of which set a new world record for launch distance, the last an amazing 4,970 feet), we did set a personal record for our launcher of 4,084 feet, earning us a seat in the prestigious 4,000+ Club!

Punkin Chunkin Photos / Video

Photos taken at the event can be seen at the following link.  Also included are a number of photos showing modifications to our compressed air cannon, Kamikaze (Divine Wind) to get it ready for this year’s launch.

Kamikaze – Punkin Chunkin CO 2K17

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Phantoms Participate in Taking Steps for Cancer 5K

Members of the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms participated in the Taking Steps for Cancer 5K in Grand Lake on September 24, 2K17.  The event benefitted the Mountain Family Center, an organization that provides cancer support services to Grand County residents.

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Taking Steps for Cancer 5K

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Dragon Boat Featured at LBT Black Tie Fundraiser

On September 9, 2017 the Dragonboat Racing Association of Colorado (DRACO) provided a dragon boat and paddles for display and photo opportunities as part of the LBT Black Tie Fundraiser Dinner, an event to benefit the local Lao Buddhist Temple. It was a very fun event, and everyone had a wonderful time.

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Photos from the event can be seen at this link:

LBT Black Tie Fundraiser Pix

 

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DRACO Hosts Shining Stars Dragon Boat Race

On September 9, 2017, DRACO hosted a dragon boat race on Lake Arbor for the Shining Stars Foundation kids and their families.  The event was a great success, and everyone had a wonderful time.  

Shining Stars Dragon Boat Articles / Photos

Here’s a link to a Shining Stars newsletter, describing the event:  Dragon Boat Races  

More photos can be seen here:  Shining Stars Dragon Boat Races

The event was so successful that planning is already underway for another Shining Stars dragon boat race next year!

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Phantoms Win Division in Colorado Springs

Phantoms Win Division!!!  Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew for their outstanding performance in the 2K17 Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival. The crew put together a series of outstanding races, capturing the Mixed Division Consolation Championship trophy.  Great job, Phantoms!!! 

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Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – Colorado Springs 2K17

 

 

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Dragon Boat Races at Spirit of the Lake Regatta

On August 12, 2017 the Dragonboat Racing Association of Colorado (DRACO) provided boats, equipment and technical assistance to put on dragon boat races as part of the  Spirit of the Lake Regatta on Grand Lake. The event served as a fund-raiser to benefit Infinite West and its Colorado River Headwaters Conservation efforts, along with DRACO’s breast cancer survivor (BCS) dragon boat program.  The race featured six local 10-man teams, all without any prior dragon boat experience.  From a management standpoint, it proved to be a challenging, but highly successful, event!

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