PIC duck race to promote cancer awareness

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JOIN the race to fight cancer!

This Saturday, Feb. 22, Pacific Islands Club Saipan will host its 12th Annual Duck Race to raise funds for the fight against cancer. The family-friendly event donates all the proceeds to the Commonwealth Cancer Association, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting cancer awareness and prevention, offering patient support services, and acting as an advocate for cancer matters in the Marianas.

PIC Saipan Director of Sports, Entertainment and Activities Dennis Tababa — one of the head coordinators for the annual duck race — said despite the coronavirus outbreak, the event will still take place, and the price of each rubber duck is $5 whether purchased on or before the day of the event. There is also no difference in pricing for local residents and visitors.

According to Tababa, the annual duck race has always taken place in February, and preparations begin as early as three to four months prior to the event.

Tababa said this year, the number of rubber ducks for sale has doubled compared to previous years.

In the past, 2,500 rubber ducks were on sale and were sold out as late as the day of the event. This year, there are 5,000 rubber ducks for sale. More than three quarters of these rubber ducks are projected to be sold, all in the name of promoting cancer awareness.

The duck race will begin at 6 p.m. at PIC Saipan Lazy River. The prizes are $2,500 for first place, $300, second place; $200, third place; and $50, fourth place. Winners need not be present to win. Tickets are available for purchase from any PIC employee.

The head coordinators of this event would like to thank their event sponsors for making the annual duck race possible. These include Pacific Trading Company Ltd., Gatorade, Pepsi, and Bridge Capital LLC.

For more information, contact PIC Saipan at 234-7976.

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