Ottumwa, Ia — The Duck Races returned to Ottumwa after a more than 20-year absence.
The race took place Saturday on the streets of Ottumwa. The rubber ducks were dropped onto a large slip and slide down the streets.
To raise money for charity people could "adopt a duck" to race in the competition. The first-place winner received $2,500, the second-place winner received $1,000 and last place or the Dead Duck won $500.
Proceeds from the event went to the Whatsoever You Do Emergency Women and Children's Shelter. It is a non-profit organization that helps feed, clothe and help find homes for those in need in southeast Iowa. One dollar from each duck adoption went toward renovation of the shelter. The organization serves approximately 7,500 women and children each year.
The Duck Races were revived by JBS and Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress.