Rotary Duck Race at Maple Ridge Park is done

The 12th Annual Rotary Duck Race was run this Sunday, Aug. 13, and someone is going to win $15,000 in cash.

This year’s event was the first time in three years that yellow rubber ducks were floating down the Alouette River for an in-person race since the COVID-19 pandemic.

There're only a few tickets left for the race, and the end total for the 50/50 was $4,700!!
The winner G. Borick-Cunningham from Maple Ridge will receive half of that amount.

About 30 different youth and seniors organizations from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have been selling the Rotary Duck Race tickets for the past six months, and as they keep a healthy share of the proceeds, this is a major fundraiser for each of these groups. Participating organizations that sell duck race tickets receive 80 per cent of their gross sales. There are 10,000 tickets available for sale, at a cost of $10 each, so $100,000 could potentially be raised by the combined efforts of the local groups taking part.

It’s a fast race, moving along by the swift current of the Alouette River, and it’s the highlight of a three-hour family event planned for Maple Ridge Park (13180-232 St.), from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Rotary puts on a “Family Fun and Games Event” on race day. There will be a duck pond, water balloons, frog fling, a Wheel of Fortune and much more, with participants winning a prize at every game. There will be live entertainment by Caden Knudson, a Salvation Army food truck, and Rotarian Dave Rempel will have a live duck display.

At 1 p.m. sharp the duck race will hit the water. The purchaser of the winning duck will received $15,000.

The 50/50 raffle will follow at 1:30 p.m., with the winner taking half of the jackpot.