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Training for the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Forty teams have been practicing all week for the 2014 Louisiana Dragon Boat Races. 

Garrett Corley and his Louisiana Athletic Club Team are ready to make some wake at the races, and they're not new to the sport.

"We won it the first year, came in second last year, and third the year after that," said Corley. "So we'll see how things go."

So how badly do the LAC "Dragon Masters" want to reclaim that top spot?

"I want to win pretty good," Corley said. "I'm not going to lie, I want to win. But if we don't win, it's not the end of the world. It's still fun, it's still a good time."

The 40 teams have been practicing on the water all week, and training on their own even before that.

"A lot of the guys, a lot of the girls have been practicing at the gym," said Corley. "So that kind of builds up your cardiovascular. Because this a lot of cardio. People think it's a lot of muscle and grit, but it is a lot of cardio."

But organizers say, the race is a whole different beast.

"Getting 20 people to work together is hard to do," said Wayne Denley, chairman of the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races committee. "So they can practice, lift weights all they want, but it's not the same thing as pulling together."

The course may not take long...

"It's 1:07, 1:08 for the top three teams," said Corley. "But it's a pretty extreme 1:07, 1:08."

...But it's a full day of fun for spectators.

"Oh it's outrageously fun," said Denley. "You're going to see more laughter and more fun and more excitement than you've ever seen in Alexandria."

And as for the rowers--

"Very, very worn out," said Corley. 
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