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Ducks Will Take Center Stage in Clinton

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CLINTON, NJ – Two Clinton traditions will return to town this weekend.

The 38th annual Sprintin’ Clinton Running With the Ducks –  a 5K race and 1 mile fun run/walk – is scheduled for Saturday, July 14.

On Sunday, the 29th annual Rubber Ducky Race will be held.. 

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Sprintin' Clinton will begin at 7:30 a.m. – an early race start to take advantage of the cooler morning weather. 

Race Director Lu Ann Aversa suggests a “team challenge ... gather your friends and co-workers and challenge each other to your personal best,” she said in a press release. Registration is available online.

The Great Hunterdon Rubber Ducky Race will be downtown at the falls at 2 p.m. 

"Last year we had a great race outcome, raising over $14,000," said Lynn Arnold, Rubber Ducky Race Director. “We hope to have even more ducks in the race this year and raise even more money for charity." 

Individuals can sponsor a duck for $10 and have the opportunity to win one of several prizes.  First prize is a four-day, three-night Walt Disney World Package for two (includes air for two, hotel, and park passes) or a trip of equivalent value. Proceeds from this event benefit the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community CNJ.

Both events are sponsored by Clinton Sunrise Rotary, which Clinton Sunrise Rotary President said has been a viable part of the northern Hunterdon community for many years and is now celebrating its 28th anniversary. 

“Our members work together to address both the needs of our local community and in the international arena,” she said. “Locally, we have provided financial support to various community agencies such as the Open Cupboard Food Pantry and the Clinton Police, Fire and Rescue Squads. We have provided to the Town of Clinton a Fit Trail in Hunts Mill Park (2015); the Little Free Library (2017) and bike racks (2018) on Allie’s Way.  In addition, we provide scholarships for local high school students; collaborate with Hunterdon County Polytech to bring the ‘Bridging the Gap’ program, an educational business skills workshop, to the students; conduct an annual blood drive; contribute to the safety of our children and community by purchasing & donating a ‘Speed Caution’ sign for the town of Clinton; sponsor a free Fishing Derby for area youth; conduct a Dictionary Project with Clinton Public School and assist local residents in need with emergency funding. 

Funds raised from commercial sponsorships and race entries help to support these projects. Information about both race events and sponsorship opportunities is available online, call Lu Ann Aversa at 908-483-4327 or email her.

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