Ducks ready for annual river race

By Brenda Sexton

The Courier-Herald

The race is on again.

Not just the Enumclaw Community Hospital Foundation and Enumclaw Rotary's annual fund-raising Duck Race, but the race to sell ducks for a chance to win cash and prizes while helping a good cause or two.

"Last year we had a record number of ducks we raced," said local businessman and hospital foundation president Alan Gamblin. Gamblin, who also is serving as this year's co-Duck Master with hospital leader Dennis Popp, said it rained heavily the night before last year's race and when the ducks where launched there was chaos.

Despite the runaway barrage of a record-number 4,000 rubber ducks steaming down the Green River, one was corralled as the winner, bringing $1,000 to a Wisconsin resident.

"So it doesn't matter where you are from, you can win," Gamblin said. "It's fun and it supports so many good causes."

Through the past 16 years the Duck Race has raised close to $200,000. Last year's Duck Race brought in close to $30,000, which was split evenly between the two organizations. The Foundation used its portion to purchase portable defibrillators for the hospital and Care Van. Rotary used its portion to support more high school scholarships and to help with the worldwide fight to eradicate polio.

Each $5 donation buys the participant a number that corresponds to one of the ducks in the race. Prizes are awarded accordingly. Some of this year's top prizes include $1,000, a trip for two to Reno, Nev., and a gas barbecue. Duck purchasers do not need to be present to win, but are welcome to show up at the Flaming Geyser State Park at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 and cheer on their individual duck or flock.

Ducks are available at Enumclaw Community Hospital, the Enumclaw Area Chamber of Commerce or through any Rotary Club member. For more information contact the Foundation office at 360-802-3206 or e-mail

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