Deadline for early team registration approaching


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Teams are already signing up for the 2011 Dragon Boat Festival, and the early registration deadline is quickly approaching. Teams that sign up before July 2 receive a $100 discount on the registration fee.

The fee for corporate teams is $800 before July 2 or $900 between July 2 and Aug. 26. The fee for non-profit organization or community teams is $750 before July 2 or $850 between July 2 and Aug. 26. Registration for all teams ends on Aug. 26.

“Last year, we had 50 teams participate, and we’d love to build it up to 60 this year,” said Patty Bolton, corporate director of events for the Mountain States Foundation. “People in this region have been so excited about the Dragon Boat Festival ever since our first event in 2006. It has been very gratifying to see how much participation has continued to grow.”

The 2011 Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Mountain States Health Alliance’s Oncology Services.

Each team consists of 20 paddlers and one drummer, and teams are required to raise community donations of $100 per team member or $2,100 per team. “Businesses are using this event as a way to encourage team building among their employees,” said Bolton. “It’s a great way to meet your neighbors in the company. And anyone can participate; it’s not about strength but about teamwork, and that’s part of what makes the event so much fun.”

Prizes will be awarded for race winners as well as Most Money Raised, Team Spirit, and the Drag On & On & On Award. Food vendors and games for children will be available on the day of the event, as well as an expanded health fair and an Art in the Park display featuring work for sale by regional artists.

For more information, visit or call 423-952-3110.

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit
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