The 10th Annual Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival: A Success!

Dragon Boat 2015The Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival moved to a new home this year, crowned a repeat champion and grossed more than $106,000 for Woodridge Hospital's Willow Unit, the behavioral health unit for children ages 6-17. The new location, Warriors' Path State Park, drew rave reviews for the paddling setup and ease of viewing for the spectators.

There were 28 teams entered, racing over a distance of 200 meters. The top three overall finishers, who competed for the Mountain States Dragon Boat Championship were: 1. Murray's Marauders, from Murray Guard, also last year's champions (time of 54.32 seconds); 2. Axis II Boat 1, from Woodridge Hospital (56.09 seconds); and 3. Bell Flew Bayou Once, from Bell Helicopter (56.11 seconds).

The festival also featured a Kids Paddle for the first time. The top fundraising team was Rowing in the Dough, from Mountain States Health Alliance's Central Business Office.

"This is such a good cause and it will make a difference for our young patients at Woodridge," said Pat Holtsclaw, Mountain States Foundation president. "The proceeds will be used for upgrades and enhancements to the Willow Unit to make it a more comfortable environment for them. We want to thank all our sponsors and everyone who paddled, donated money and volunteered their time. We especially want to thank Warriors' Path State Park for letting us have our festival in their beautiful park."

Special Thanks to Our Presenting Sponsors:
First Tennessee Foundation Cartridge World WTFM Mountain Ambulance WJHL NFS Blood Assurance H&R Block Citi Citi IPC Healthcare BathPlanet Pepsi Club Z!,

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Practice Week

Practice Week must be scheduled by calling our office: 423-302-3131 

Tues-Friday, August 25-28, 2015
Warriors Path State Park Marina
3 pm until dark

Tent City will be set-up on Friday, August 28 beginning at 2:30 pm. Teams may start tent decorations at this time to compete in the Spirit Award


Saturday, August 29, 2015
8:30 am until closing ceremonies (usually around 4 pm) Warriors Path State Park Kingsport, Tennessee

After July 24, registration fees for boats:

Corporate Team: $900
Community Team: $850
Non-Profit Organization: $850


What is Dragon Boat Racing?

Directed and coached by a steersman standing in the rear of the boat, each team races a distance of 200 meters in an attempt to earn the fastest time. Every team will compete in two heats, with the top 18 fastest combined times from Heat 1 and Heat 2 will compete a third time in the championship round.

The History of Mountain States Foundation Dragon Boat Races

The History of Mountain States Foundation Dragon Boat Races Having begun in 2006, the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival has become one of the most successful regional events by proudly raising well over $750,000! Many different areas of Mountain States Health Alliance have benefited by these funds:

2014 proceeds supported the development of an epilepsy monitoring unit at Niswonger Children’s Hospital
2011 - 2013 monies raised almost $300,000 benefited Mountain States Health Alliance’s Oncology Services
2010 the MSHA HeartCoach was purchased with Festival proceeds
2009 proceeds were used to purchase Kangaroo Rockers for Niswonger Children’s Hospital
2006 - 2008 all proceeds went to building and supporting the new Niswonger Children’s Hospital

The History of Dragon Boat Races

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of China's most spectacular traditions. According to legend, Qu Yuan, a well-respected counselor of the Emperor, decided to drown himself in the Miluo River rather than live under the laws of a corrupt government. Onlookers frantically pounded the water with their oars and paddles to keep evil spirits away from his body. Today, this legend is re-enacted by Dragon Boat Festivals all around the world.


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Carnagie Hotel Computer Pros of Bristol, Greeneville and Elizabethton Dragon Boat East Funville Tri Cities Boating Club Tennessee State Parks Waste Management MSHA Employer Health Services Mitch Cox Companies Wexlers Landscape

Mountain States Foundation

2335 Knob Creek Road, Suite 101 • Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
Phone: (423) 302-3131 • Fax: (423) 282-3906
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Woodridge Hospital

We are excited to announce that this year's festival proceeds will benefit the Willow Unit Project at Woodridge Hospital.