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Dragon-boating requires more technique than brawn

Dragon-boating requires more technique than brawn

The oldest member of the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club has one piece of advice for people who want to compete as paddlers in 500-meter races at the age of 80: "Don't stop." Ado Valge, a retired engineer from Bowie, was on hand Sunday morning, as 10 dragon boat teams — more than 200 people including fans — converged on Baltimore for the seventh-annual Baltimore Dragon Boat Club Challenge. Each team raced multiple times, plying the Inner Harbor waters in front of the Under Armour headquarters in boats shaped like extra-long canoes with bearded dragon heads at the prow. In the front, a drummer pounded out the stroke to 20 paddlers, while a person standing in the back...