The Lees-McRae College Track & Field team participated in the Inaugural Dragon Boat Race held on Boone Lake near Johnson City, TN on Saturday, September 30, 2006. The proceeds from this charity event benefited the Children's Hospital in Johnson City. Donations from the event totaled $70,000 not including matching gifts.
The Lees-McRae College boat was provided by Greenway Distribution, Inc. and Mr. Cary Green, a Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees member.
The LMC/Greenway boat got off to a slow start, but rallied late to snag one of the last remaining spots in the finals. Once in the finals, the Greenway Boating Bobcats shot out to a quick start. They raced across the 250 meters neck and neck with two other teams. With 100 meters to go, they dropped the team on their right and furiously paddled to pass the team on their left. Both teams crossed the finish line exhausted, but confident that they were the winners. As the final results were announced, the Greenway Boating Bobcats had captured first place by a mere one-second!
Congratulations to the Greenway Boating Bobcats and the Children's Hospital of Johnson City!