Everything is just ducky: Annual Sunrise Rotary Duck Races a success
The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club wrapped up its most successful Duck Race ever on Saturday, Sept. 23, generating more than $18,000 in proceeds for the community.
The 6th annual Sunrise Rotary Club Duck Races and Beauty Contest is a fund-raiser where plastic ducks float down the Truckee River to raise money for community projects, youth recreation and scholarship programs. The event gives residents and businesses an opportunity to win money and contribute to community programs.
Two different types of ducks were available: large sponsor ducks, which competed in both the beauty competition and the 100-yard float down the Truckee River, and the small ducklings, which raced down the river for $4,000 in prize money.
Divided into five heats with each first-place finisher winning $50, more than 5,000 pink, yellow and blue plastic ducklings competed.
“I think it went real well,” timer Marve Wampler said. “We didn’t have quite the crowd we’ve had in previous years but everybody seemed to have a good time. My daughter, her husband and their two sons are already planning on coming up next year.”
Joanne Roubique of the United States Forest Service won first place in the duck race and pocketed $4,000. Kathleen Holmes won $500 for second and MWA Inc. collected $250 for third.
The heat winners were Jon Matosian, Susan Olson, Pete Abernathy, Cynthia Anderson and John and Noelle Hetz.
There were 68 sponsor ducks in the beauty competition.
The inaugural running of the Unlimited Class of sponsor ducks, which permits the use of power to propel the ducks down the river, was won by Advanced Body and Frame. The Moto Duck, “a fully self-contained and remote controlled [high performance machine] capable of attaining speeds in excess of three knots with both forward and reverse capability,” whipped the competition. The Truckee Tahoe Airport placed second and High Sierra Tow third.
Raising the roof in the design contest was the Sierra Sun, which won Best of Show with the “Monster Duck.” Andy’s Diner won Most Creative, Truckee River Associates won Funniest Duck, the “Tow Duck” from High Sierra Tow won Best Craftsmanship and Florian’s Fine Wines and Specialty Foods claimed Most Representative of Sponsor.
The sponsor duck race on the Truckee River was won by Inter-County Title Co. Truckee River Associates took second and The Sign Shop earned third.
“I haven’t won any cash yet,” Tom Watson from Truckee River Associates said. Watson has been a Sunrise Rotarian since the club started, and volunteered for the starting crew this year. While his duck took second place in the sponsor duck race, only the ducklings have a shot at the money.
“I’ve recycled my sponsor duck for two years now; he has some prior racing knowledge,” he said.
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