Pittsburg Charity Duck Dash draws in $12,000 for Special Olympics

Pittsburg Charity Duck Dash draws in $12,000 for Special Olympics
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This year’s Pittsburg Charity Duck Dash draws in an estimated $12,000 to benefit Special Olympics.

After a 5K run and walk this morning, nearly 1,500 rubber ducks raced downstream on the Lazy River at the Pittsburg Aquatic Center.

The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line received a $1,000 cash prize.

All proceeds from the duck adoptions and run registration go towards covering the expenses of Special Olympics athletes in Southeast Kansas.

“Special Olympics is a good thing to donate to because it lets the athletes compete in games, travel and do things that they wouldn’t normally be able to do,” said Chris Moore, one of the event coordinators.

This is the second year of the Pittsburg Charity Duck Dash.

Organizers say they are hoping to adopt out even more ducks next year.