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2010 Naha Dragon Boat Races

The Kadena Shoguns women's team get ready to face off with two local men's corporate teams during the 36th Annual Naha Dragon Boat Races in Naha City May 5. The women's team finished second in their heat as well as second overall for fastest time among U.S. military teams. "Haari," or dragon boat racing, first came to Okinawa during the 14th Century when China influenced the Ryukyu Kingdom. The modern races involve 32 rowers, a cadence drummer, a navigator, and in most cases, one or two motivators who help the team stay synchronized while racing the 2.5-ton fiberglass ship more than 600 meters to the finish line. (Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jason Lake)

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