Duck Race Recipients Receive Donations

EUGENE, Ore. — The Great Rotary Duck Race Tuesday handed out the checks to this year’s recipient agencies. Out of the dozens of local nonprofits that apply, only five make the cut. They’re the beneficiaries of all the money raised from the event, which is more than $350,000 this year. “The Rotary Duck Race funds … Continue reading »

Rubber Ducks Race Down Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — Tens of thousands of ducks flooded the Willamette River by Alton Baker Park on Saturday for the 25th Annual Great Rotary Duck Race. This year more than 70,000 tickets were sold. That’s up about 10% from last year. Organizers said it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the community, … Continue reading »

2012 Great Rotary Duck Race: The Real Winners

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s a Tuesday morning and Aimee Walsh and Stacy Habr Ochoa have their craft supplies spread out over a table in the middle of Direction Service’s office. Walsh gingerly molds a piece of white wire, making it resemble a flower. Habr Ochoa grips a pair of pliers, examining the joints of a … Continue reading »

2012 Great Rotary Duck Race: Meet the Winners

EUGENE, Ore. — On any given day, you’ll find John Mielke in the studio of KKNX AM 840 HD. He’s watched the Great Rotary Duck Race grow over its 25 years. “It’s interesting to see how many ducks sell,” he said. “Whether it’s a good economy or a bad economy, the ducks always seem to … Continue reading »

2012 Great Rotary Duck Race: Sponsoring a Cause

EUGENE, Ore. — Charles Beaudet can say he was there when it all began. He is the only prize sponsor who’s donated to the Great Rotary Duck Race since it got started 25 years ago. “It’s not ‘hanging in there.’ It’s purposeful,” said the jeweler. “I think that’s really important too and it makes me … Continue reading »

2012 Great Rotary Duck Race: The Mamas and the Papas

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s happened every year for the past 24; the tickets get sold, the ducks get dumped and the winners get their prizes. The only thing that really changes for the Great Rotary Duck Race is the person in charge. It’s a role affectionately known as Mama or Papa Duck, a nickname that … Continue reading »