OGDEN -- The Ogden River was twice as high and twice as fast when 1,040 rubber ducks hit the water at noon Saturday to race to the finish line about a half mile away.
After being dumped over the bridge from two large Dumpsters, the ducks stayed together in a large group before the water began rushing them downstream.
This was the Mount Ogden Rotary Club's 10th annual Rubber Duck Race. It's one of the group's biggest fundraisers that will put dictionaries in all Weber and Ogden school district third-graders' hands as well as provide funding for the Boys and Girls Club of Weber and Davis counties.
"At high noon we stand at the bridge and dump them all over," said Rotary president Matt Nelson. "Then we follow them to the end. We have a no duck left behind policy, so we'll be collecting them all."
Several volunteers got into the cold water with kayaks to herd the ducks along. Others stood at the finish line with nets to scoop them up.
"I'm going in the water to help collect the ducks as they get to the finish line," said Upward Bound student Chris Gutierrez. "This is the first year I've participated and I'm ready to get in the water. The pressure's on."
Each duck had a Rotary stamp on the front and a number on the bottom to identify its sponsor. The ducks cost donors $5 apiece.
"This is just a really fun way to raise money for a great cause," Nelson said. "We have a lot of prizes that have been donated by local businesses that include ski passes, hotel stays and things like that, so that adds to the fun of the competition."
Past Rotary president David Crim said the club will continue to hold the annual event and hopes it will continue to grow.
"There are rubber duck races out there that are huge," he said. "Sun Valley and Boulder, Colorado, dump 30,000 ducks and they raise money for all kinds of things in their communities."
As the ducks got close to the finish line dozens of onlookers were predicting which one would win first place.
"There it is," Nelson said while standing knee deep in the water to retrieve the duck. "Number 203. That's our winner."
The race takes volunteers nearly three months to organize, Crim said. Ducks are purchased online from a trading post in Lehi.