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18th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Race 

The sight of colorful wooden dragons filling the water beneath the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span drew tens of thousands of people to Treasure Island over the weekend. Event organizers for the 18th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival expected a record turnout of some 80,000 attendees. The festival centers on dozens of daily races between more than 100 novice and competitive dragon boat teams.
Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
Youth Dragon Boat teams paddle to the starting line for their race on Sunday in Treasure Island's Clipper Cove during the annual San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival.
Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
Youth Dragon Boat teams sprint to the finish during their race. Races last on average 1 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
A friend comforts a paddler after she lost her race.
Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
A team warms up before their race.
Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
Dragon Boat teams challenged one another to pull-up contests in between races.
Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
A daughter poses for a picture with traditional costumed dragons at the Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday.
Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
The sillouhette of a Dragon Boat crosses in front of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
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Evan DuCharme, SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
Youth Dragon Boat teams paddle to the starting line for their race on Sunday in Treasure Island's Clipper Cove during the annual San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival.
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