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Duck Derby, 2013

See smaller Volunteer Rich Kaplan delivers a load of ducks to the starting gate. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Volunteer Rich Kaplan delivers a load of ducks to the starting gate. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • John Martin, 10, joins his fellow swimmers for the Presentation of the Colors. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Debra Shanahan waits for the winner at the finish line. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The ducks prepare for their race. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Rich Kaplan delivers a load of ducks to the starting gate. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • They're off! Ducks head down the lane, with an assist from the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Dept. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • 'Head Duck' Dottie Weiner watches the proceedings. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jerry Gibson lines up the contestants for their start. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • They're off! Ducks head down the lane, with an assist from the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Dept. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • MICMS principal George Abounader leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rich Cameron brought Megan, who as a Chesapeake Bay retriever, he pointed out, is a duck dog. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Firefighter/paramedic Scott Cory gets the ducks going with a blast from the firehose. Dottie's Duck Derby had its 18th annual running Saturday to benefit the YMCA. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Pamplona may have the Running of the Bulls, but Marco Island has the Derby of the Ducks. Once again, Dottie’s Duck Derby returned to the pool at the Greater Marco Family YMCA on Saturday, offering Islanders the chance to do a little “off track betting” for a good cause.
Master of Ceremonies Steve Reynolds presided, despite nursing a nasty sore throat, and the theme song on the sound system was “Disco Duck.”

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