By Jason KUROSU
This coming Saturday is the 7th annual Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, where around 17,000 rubber ducks will populate “Lake Glendale,” a manmade body of water soon to be located at Verdugo Park for the festivities. The race will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon, culminating in an awards presentation for the winners, in which cash prizes of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Each duck will be tagged with an identifying number, so that the owners can be recognized when their duck races (or floats) to the finish line.
The Duck Splash is a charitable event, and the money raised from owners “adopting” ducks will go to various non-profit organizations and schools in Glendale.
“We’ve raised $478,000 through the last six years of the duck race,” said Vince Espinosa, Duck Race Coordinator. “All that money makes its way back to the community.”
Schools have also played a large part in increased participation in the duck race. Clubs such as Circle-K and Key Club have helped promote the duck splash and find more prospective owners.
“We’re really proud of the participation we’ve been getting from some of these clubs,” Espinosa said.
For more information on the duck splash, visit www.ducks4kids.com