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Park Rapids Rotary dragon boat team wins Civic Cup

Katie Bloomquist Freitag, one of the Rotary dragon boat co-chairs, said, “Our primary goal was to win back the Civic Cup, which we did, but not without some adversity!”

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The Park Rapids Rotary Wavemakers competed Aug. 8 at the 2022 Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. This was their official team photo.
Contributed/Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival
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The Park Rapids Rotary Wavemakers returned from the 2022 Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival with a hefty, golden trophy.

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The Park Rapids Rotary Wavemakers won the Civic Cup at the 2022 Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival.
Contributed/Katie Bloomquist Freitag

Katie Bloomquist Freitag, one of the Rotary dragon boat co-chairs, said, “Our primary goal was to win back the Civic Cup, which we did, but not without some adversity!”

Freitag explained that festival organizers provide all boats with steersmen, who keep the 20-person watercraft straight and in one lane during the 400-meter race.

“In the Civic Cup, we beat the teams with the fastest time, but because we were zig-zagging, we crossed into another team’s lane and incurred a two-second penalty, thus losing the race,” Freitage said.

She appealed the decision, pointing out that Rotary paddlers did nothing wrong, rather it was the supplied steersperson. She suggested it was “fair to all concerned – part of Rotary’s four-way test – if we could re-race.” Judges agreed.

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“Our tired paddlers went out and not only met, but improved their previous performance by going even faster and winning the Civic Cup. It was quite exciting,” Freitag said of Saturday’s competition.

The team also won its heat in that afternoon. Unfortunately, they missed the championship and gold divisions, where the top eight teams compete. They finished 15th.

“We were too fast for the silver or bronze divisions,” Freitag said. “Overall, not only thrilled with the team’s performance, but also the extraordinary teamwork and heart this group has. I am also the drummer, so I set the stroke beat. I had the honor and privilege of watching the team respond with all their heart and soul and extraordinary effort when I pushed them to give more and go faster and harder. Every time I asked, they answered.”

The Wavemakers will compete again later this month at the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (Aug. 26-27).

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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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