Ever seen a dragon boat? The boat is 40 feet long and 600 pounds, with the head and tail of a dragon, a hull painted with scales and 20 paddles representing claws. The sport, which began as an ancient Chinese ritual, is trending all over the world. “I like the camaraderie, and it’s a great…

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In Ohio, we have a thing for vintage-looking shirts. T-shirts or hoodies, with jeans or shorts, we wear them to proclaim our pride — in our sports teams and our cities. As G.V. Artworks puts it, “CleveLAND that we love.” Which is why we obviously all need a Lake Erie shirt for the summer. Or…

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Kelly Myers has run a lot of half marathons, and a few marathons. She tried a duathlon, thinking it would be a little kinder on her body. “Then you go and see the real athletes are doing the swimming leg, so now I feel like that would be kind of fun,” said Myers, 52, of…

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It’s June! And the beaches are open for swimming — even though the water is still chilly. RocktheLake collected a few area beaches with lifeguards. Take a look! Lakeview Park, Lorain: Lifeguards are on duty noon-6 p.m. Lakeview Park and Beach Huntington Beach, Bay Village: Lifeguards on duty 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 2-Sunday, Aug.…

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What’s more fun that flying through Lake Erie waves on a Jet Ski? Or a Sea Doo, or Waverunner, or whatever. Let’s talk personal watercraft here. See what’s new with Sea-Doos in a video here. The sun on your face, your hair blowing everywhere, your music pumping as you rev up to The speeds of…

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All are welcome in Lakeside Chautauqua. All can participate in the community’s myriad activities, from art classes to shuffleboard. The 1-square-mile private community, which was just named one of the 10 best little beach towns on the Great Lakes, draws 150,000 visitors each year to the shores of Lake Erie. It has a gate fee…

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So you want to boat from the United States to Canada? There’s no markers separating Canadian waters from American in Lake Erie. You can cross the invisible boundary line on your boat, no problem. But you must report to customs when you dock or drop anchor in the waters of the other country. (I once…

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Looking to get active on the lakeshore? Cleveland’s front porch, North Coast Harbor, offers sports nearly every weeknight this summer. And many of them are free! You can get in shape for your first 5K, get zen doing yoga on the grass of Voinovich Park, play volleyball with your pals or even toss a Bocce…

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Pack a picnic and wow your date on the shores of Lake Erie. The concept is deceptively simple: a little food al fresco. But a picnic shows your thoughtfulness. Add a plaid blanket in a classic basket, and you’ve got a picturesque setting that will make your Instagram followers swoon. We haven’t quite reached beach…

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On a kayak, you ride inches above Lake Erie, paddling with your own power. On a placid day, the experience is serene, meditative, as you take in the scenery or wildlife. On a rougher day, it’s a thrill ride, up and down through the waves. Kayaking is the most popular form of paddling, increasing from…

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