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20th Annual Duck Race Draws Record Crowds

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  It was the 20th annual Great Mid-Columbia duck race and this year saw a record number of participants.

The total number of ducks in this year's duck race tops 40,500.  And they were all dumped into the Columbia River at once.

The ducks bobbed, quacked, and paddled their way to the finish line in two separate races: the mega ducks and the regular ducks.

Talent may not play a part in who wins, that's more the wind and water's doing, but KNDU met up with one of the winners who says her wishful thinking propelled the duck to first place.

"The secret is duck karma," jokes Jeanne Jelke of the American Red Cross.  "And a lot of spirit of our tug of war team and everyone else down here rooting for the ducks."

Jeanne and her team won over $3,000 that will go to the local American Red Cross.  As for the other winner, Suzzanne Sullivan of Burbank, she is driving home in a brand new Toyota.

The race brought in roughly $2 million that will go towards to local charities.