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A quacking good time: Thousands of rubber ducks fill Ala Wai canal for annual duck race

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On Saturday afternoon, 20,000 rubber duckies floated to the finish line in the Ala Wai Canal in the 31st annual Great Hawaiian Duck Race.

The rubber ducks were launched from the Kalakaua Avenue Bridge at 1:01 p.m. to "sprint" 50 yards as part of the benefit hosted by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii.

"They're basically racing for people with disabilities," said Donna Foutz, an event organizer. "Each duck gets adopted and the top 50 winners win their adopted owners wonderful prizes."

"I was stunned that when it was race time we had a good 200 to 300 people at the shore lines," Foutz said.

Residents participated in pre-race activities including games, entertainment and a duckie store between 9 a.m. and noon at the Honolulu Coffee Experience Center.

The ducks were retrieved from the water by event workers at the end of the race.

"We always take great pride that its gonna be a great race and even tho it was a little wet and cold today, mother nature blessed us," Foutz said.

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