Teams compete for bragging rights in Dragon Boat Race

RAW VIDEO: Team Lox gearing up for the 2016 Dragon Boat race
The WLOX dragon boat team, Team Lox. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The WLOX dragon boat team, Team Lox. (Photo source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds gathered in Gulfport for what some may call a sight truly meant to be seen.

"We're here to raise money for the United Way of South Mississippi. They do a lot of things for the youth and education in our area, and it's something that we want to support and have a good time doing it," said Charlie Batten.

It's called a Dragon Boat Race, where about 20 people row a boat similar to a large canoe in an attempt to reach the finish line first. The event is open to anyone, as long as there's a team of at least 15 participants.WLOX News Now even had a team competing on the water; placing third in the competition.

"Having the opportunity to be a part of the Dragon Boat Race was truly an awesome experience. Not only did I have the chance to bond with other members of the WLOX family, but I also had the chance to compete in the name of charity," said reporter Victor Williams.

Those involved in the race can have little to no experience in order to get started. However, a good time was had by all and for a good cause.

"Although we came in last in our race, it still felt great to be out on the water on this hot Summer day. Some knew we never really had a chance due to our small number of members compared to other teams, but we didn't go out without a fight," said Williams. "Knowing that the event helped the United Way definitely made all the hard work of rowing the boat worth it.

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