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Race supports Alzheimer’s Association

Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Rubber ducks float to firefighters at the Peoria Avenue bridge Aug. 10 during Reagan Trail Days in Dixon. The race benefitted the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter, Rock River Branch. Photo submitted by Janet Veach.

DIXON – Rubber ducks were raced Aug. 10 to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The fifth annual race, sponsored by the Central Illinois Chapter, Rock River Branch, was part of Reagan Trail Days.

People launched 1,292 ducks into the Rock River from the Galena Avenue bridge. They floated to firefighters from Dixon City and Rural Fire departments waiting at the Peoria Avenue bridge.

Individuals and businesses, primarily from Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties, bought 235 tickets. The association awarded $1,400 in prize money to the top three finishers.

They were KSB Hospital, first place, $1,000; Valerie Ford, second, $250; and Boss Roofing-Siding Experts in Rock Falls, third, $100.

Tom Kitson also won $50 for his “laziest duck,” the last one to arrive at the bridge.

KSB Hospital donated $500 back to the Alzheimer’s Association and $500 to KSB Caring Friends Fund for employee-to-employee interim support.

Valerie Ford donated winnings back to the association.  

The Rock River Branch also will host The Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 9 a.m., with registration at 8, Sept. 28 at Lowell Park, 2114 Lowell Park Road.

Go to to register or make a donation.

Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information.

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