The Great Puget Sound Duck Dash roared back after a one-year pandemic hiatus. The rubber duckies were eager to race again, and the community turned out during Oktoberfest to see the Ducks return to Lake Washington.

Head Duck Amy Mutal reminds members the Duck Dash events aim to raise between $30,000 and $50,000 each year, and notes 100 percent of the proceeds go right back into the community. Joanne Primavera reports that Kirklanders purchased 5,163 tickets, and the club should expect to net over $34,000 from the Dash. This is nearly 11 percent more than in 2019.
“It was great to be back!" said Amy Mutal, "Every year we count on this event to raise money to benefit our community. Without a fundraiser in 2020, we had a lot to catch up on. It was heartwarming to see the community get behind us to have a successful event.”
The Duck Dash funds scholarships for local high school students to help with college, warm winter coats for children who don’t have one, the Cross Kirkland Corridor Train Pavilion, Miracle League Baseball for disabled youth, food for Harvest Against Hunger, holiday presents for families who would otherwise go without, and other projects that make Kirkland a better place to live.