VIDEO: Lincoln Financial Group team members get ready for Fort Wayne Parks department’s Dragon Boat Races

Eden Lamb, supervisor of outdoor recreation for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, demonstrates how to paddle for members of Lincoln Financial Group's team for the June 23 Dragon Boat Races downtown on the St. Marys River. The LFG team went to Headwaters Park West on Wednesday afternoon to make use of an hour of river practice time offered by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Members of Lincoln Financial Group's team loads into the boat at Headwaters Park West for practice Wednesday afternoon on on the St. Marys River as they prepare for for the June 23 Dragon Boat Races downtown on the river. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Eden Lamb, standing, supervisor of outdoor recreation for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, serves as steerman and coach as the Lincoln Financial Group team takes a practice run to prepare for the June 23 Dragon Boat Races downtown on the St. Marys River. The parks department is offering teams an hour of practice time this eek and next to help them get ready for the races. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

Members of Lincoln Financial Group’s team took advantage of great weather Wednesday to get in some practice for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department’s Dragon Boat Races on June 23 downtown on the St. Marys River.

Eden Lamb, the parks department’s supervisor of outdoor recreation, provided initial instruction on land at Headwaters Park West before leading LFG’s 21 team members – 20 paddlers and one drummer to keep paddling cadence – to a dragon boat docked there. Lamb then coached the team through a training run, paddling west on the St. Marys River before turning around and stroking back to Headwaters Park.

The parks department purchased the dragon boat and is making it available this week for race teams to get in an extra day of practice on the river, said Chuck Reddinger, the parks department’s deputy director of recreation. Normally, teams get one day of practice on the river the Wednesday through Friday before the race, Reddinger said.

The parks department hires Dynamic Dragon Boat Racing of Knoxville, Tenn., to provide the dragon boats and steerman for the race.

Each team is guaranteed two races, and the Top 10 based on times will compete in a third race to determine the overall winner, Reddinger said. Teams had to register and pay an entry fee in advance.

Teams will race two at a time over a course of about 300 meters on the St. Marys River from near the Harrison Street bridge to just east of the dock at Headwaters Park West, he said.

Lincoln Financial Group finished fourth last year.

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