Truckee Rotary Duck Races deadline nears |

Truckee Rotary Duck Races deadline nears

There are less than two weeks left to adopt the winning duck in the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club’s 7th Annual Duck Races.

The exciting races will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Truckee River Regional Park on Highway 267 just south of downtown.

Late every summer, high on the swiftly-flowing Truckee River, thousands of little plastic ducks gather to see which is the fastest hurtling down a fast-moving, rapids-choked racecourse. The winner not only brings glory to him- or herself, but a grand prize of $4,000 to the person lucky enough to have adopted it.

Duck racing fans from all over the Truckee area will gather to witness this momentous event and to cheer on their adopted ducks.

“The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club used last year’s proceeds of over $17,000 to support local youth recreation and athletics, school programs, scholarships, drug abuse prevention and the Rotary Angel Network,” said club President John Hetz. “Past races have raised nearly $90,000 benefiting many local and international organizations.”

“Many thousands more are contributed to international programs including Polio Plus, Kosovo refugee relief and health programs around the world,” Hetz said. “Among other projects, our Club has built water wells and a medical clinic in Haiti and water wells in Niger.”

Sponsor Ducks for $100 and individual racing ducks for $5 or five for $20 may be adopted from any Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club member. Look for them around the community Call Jim Darniani at (530) 550-9900 or Kathy Bender at 587-4677 for tickets and information. The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations.

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