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Duck Races Saturday

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

On Saturday, Sept. 23, thousands of little rubber duckies will take to the Truckee River for a 100-yard float for $4,000.

The 6th annual Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club Duck Races will take place at 11 a.m. at the Regional Park to raise money for community projects, youth education and scholarship programs.

Two competitions will highlight the event, the sponsor duck decorative competition and the duck race.

The sponsor ducks are large plastic decoys – mallards – which are available to businesses or individuals for $100. These are the decorative ducks, the quackers participants will improve to a piece of beauty or comedy. Each of these ducks will be entered in the decorative beauty competition as well as the race down the river.

The ducklings, which are available for $5 or five for $20, will compete in the river race.

The first duck or duckling to cross the finish line wins $4,000. The second place finisher earns $500, and third $250.

The race will take place in heats, with each heat winner earning $50. The 25 heat winners will compete in the final float.

Event organizers hope 6,000 ducks will be sold in order to raise $16,000. In previous years Truckee’s Duck Races have raised a total of $70,000 to benefit local and international organizations.

“I won the race last year,” Ron Hemig from Prudential California Realty said, “so I bought a lot of tickets this year to try and give something back.”

Revenue from the race will be used to benefit community programs such as the Angel Network, Immunization programs, the Rotary Youth Exchange, scholarships for vocational and university education and senior center care.

“There are always more things we can do,” Paul N. Duggan, Rotary club service chairman said. “There are unmet needs in this area.”

Duggan said he feels that with the growth of affluence today people feel less inclined to join community programs.

“There is more cocooning going on and less support for volunteer activities,” he said. “When I lived in larger cities I didn’t join community programs because I felt my efforts would get lost It’s different in Truckee. When you join community activities here there is a strong sense of belonging.”

In 1999 the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club generated more than $23,000 for local community programs.

Beyond their 20-plus sponsored programs Sunrise Rotary members volunteer for activities such as chopping wood for the senior center.

“It’s not just the money, it’s the time and energy being put in,” Duggan said. “I’m really proud of our fellow Rotary members.”


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