Join YLNI's Dragon Boat Race Team

17 Jun 2016 8:56 AM | Joel Crandall

The 2016 Riverpalooza Dragon Boat Race is here and Team YLNI is back and determined to be this year's champions!  This June 25th, teams will compete to row 46' long dragon boats down the St. Mary's river in order to be crowned winners of this year's Dragon Boat Race.  The race is for a good cause with donations going to local, non-profit organizations.  Time is short and we can't do it without you, so join today and help take Team YLNI to the finish!  Also, be sure to check out our video from last year's race.  

When:  Sat, June 25th 2016, starting at 8am

There will be about 30 boat teams. On race day morning, each boat (3 at a time) will race starting from Headwaters Park West to the Wells Street bridge, about 300 meters.  In the afternoon, the boats will race again based on their times from the morning sprints. The winners will be announced by 4:00pm.

Who Can Enter:  Anyone can do it, regardless of your level of fitness.  There will be 21 people per boat team (20 paddlers + 1 drummer).

Each team member needs to raise or donate a minimum of $50 in pledges which goes towards the team entry fee of $2100 (YLNI is sponsoring the other 50%).  All team members, as individuals or as a team, MUST attend one 90 minute practice session on a weekday evening before the race in order to be eligible to compete Saturday.  Equipment will be provided.  

How to Join the Team:

  1. Email Vinod Vijayan at  A group conference call or in-person meeting will be scheduled to answer any questions and to confirm plans.
  2. If you are unable to participate in the race but would still like to support and donate to the team, benefiting local charities, then please do so at the following link:
  3. If you know someone who would be interested, please pass the message.

For More Information:

Questions?  Email Vinod Vijayan at

P.O. Box 10774
Fort Wayne, IN  46853

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