THE Sugbu Mighty Dragons’ prowess and stamina will get tested when they embark on a long-distance race, the Paddle Surge: The 1st Typhoon Haiyan Commemorative Dragon Boat Club Crew Challenge, this weekend.

Coming off a podium finish in Dumaguete City about two weeks ago, the Cebu-based paddlers will face a new challenge with the 21-kilometer race in Tacloban, which will start and end in Balyuan Tower, Cancabatoc Bay.

The Mighty Dragons will send a 64-member delegation to the two-day dragon boat race, which marks the fourth year since typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban and many parts of Eastern Visayas.

“Sugbu Mighty Dragons is honored to be part of this 21K Epic Surge to commemorate the thousands of men, women and children who perished in the wake of the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall,” the team said in a press release.

The team will be competing first in a 300-meter race on Saturday before the grueling 21K race on Sunday.

Lawyer and paddler Haide Acuña told SunStar Cebu that the team has been developing its endurance by paddling non-stop for one to two hours since August.

“We will do our very best as we always do in every race we’ve been a part of this year,” said Acuña when asked on the team’s target for the 21K race, which will be joined by teams from all over the country.

The other teams from Cebu are Poseidon, Cebu Fireblade, and Ariya. (RSC)