Ready, steady, duck race!

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Wanaka will be transformed into an aquatic racecourse next weekend for the annual duck race.

The event, run by Wanaka Rotary Club (WRC), will see 1600 plastic ducks thrown into Bullock Creek at 10am on Saturday October 21, with big prizes on offer for the first across the line.

The ducks must navigate their way down Bullock Creek to the Dinosaur Park, with crowds cheering them on at every turn.

The fastest ducks are expected to make it in around 20 minutes, with Rotary’s ‘sweepers’ collecting all the strays that don’t reach the finish line.

Racers will be able to choose between a regular duck or the new giant executive ducks, which can be painted and kept after the race.

Radio Wanaka will be on site to offer commentary and New World have put up a $750 first prize for the fastest giant executive duck, with other cash prizes on offer on the day.

WRC’s PR and media director Pip Cawthorn said there were big prizes on offer for what was set to be an entertaining day.

“People can expect loads of shouting, laughter, a lot of fun and good healthy competition for a great cause, our community,” she said.

Ducks can be purchased for $5 at Harcourts, with the new executive ducks on offer for $100 (Sorry! New executive ducks are now sold out).

All proceeds will go towards local community projects.

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