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Teams prepare to ride the dragon

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Burlington racers are preparing to compete in a tradition two centuries old.

The annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival will pull into port August 4th. Teams of 20 will compete for trophies and pride in a sport that dates back more than 2,500 years. The event benefits cancer survivors and will involve both experienced and new racers.

"When you get ready for a race, you're with your team, so the first thing we all do is we connect," said Dragonheart team member Debra Lentine. "We put our arms on each others shoulders, we take a deep breath and we paddle as one and that's what's really most important, we're together," Lentine said.

Dragonheart team members say interest is growing since they first hit the water in Burlington nine years ago. Thousands are expected to turn out for the upcoming festival.

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