Thousands of rubber duckies race for Huntington Beach shoreline to benefit philanthropic health care provider
Ducks normally don’t take to the ocean, but on Saturday, June 1, thousands happily paddled about en masse.
A dump-turned-duck truck released a yellow blur of smiling bathtub toys off the end of the Huntington Beach Pier for the 27th annual Duck-a-Thon. Then it was a nail-biting race for shore. The first ducky to make landfall won its sponsor a cool grand, while the next 60 also nabbed prizes.
The colorful Duck-a-Thon raises money for AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides health care for Orange County families in need.
Participants purchased their lucky ducks for $15, or a bit more for collectible ducks.
After winners were declared, dozens of volunteers scampered about the beach collecting the losers so they would not become ocean debris.
The three-day event includes an arts and crafts festival and a “Kid Zone” with inflatable slides and jumpers. A second wave of duckies, these bankrolled by businesses, will fly into the water at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Founded 50 years ago, AltaMed provides primary, prenatal and dental care, as well as breast cancer screenings and counseling.