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No wind and a slack tide combined for a slow 11th annual Great Kitsap Duck Race but that didn’t bother the event’s organizers.

“It took a little longer than last year’s 7 minute record,” said race president Steve Slaton. “But it was still an excellent race.”

Once again there was no winner of the $1 million grand prize which would have been paid out if one of the six random ducks out of the field of 22,000 crossed the finish line first.

Melinda Harmon of Gig Harbor was the big winner, choosing a Toyota Tacoma truck donated by Heartland Toyota over a Toyota Echo.

Slaton said there were approximately 19,000 of the sunglasses-wearing rubber ducks sold, raising an estimated $80,000 for the Silverdale Rotary Club for its charitable causes.

“Our goal was to sell all 22,000,” Slaton said. “19,000 is what we sold last year and we were hoping for an increase.”

Afterwards, volunteers from the Navy, Marines, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue and the Silverdale Rotary Club helped clean up the ducks to prepare them for their next race.

The top five winners were:

• First prize of a Toyota Tacoma truck donated by Heartland Toyota with a bedliner by Line-X went to Melinda Harmon of Gig Harbor.

• Second prize, a $5,000 Coleman spa from Four Seasons Pools & Spas, went to Robert Nau of Silverdale.

• Third prize, a cruise for two on Holland America with airfare by Southwest Airlines, went to Betty Lou DeVore of Bremerton.

• Fourth prize, a 14k gold and diamond tennis bracelet from Ben Bridge Jewelers, went to Ibra Harris of Bremerton.

• Fifth prize, an electric air heating system installed by Quality Heating, went to Elsie Rainier of Bremerton.

Other winners were:

• Nikki Fisher, Pfaff (model 1022) sewing machine, Sound Sewing

• Gloria Brown, stainless steel Vermont Casting barbecue grill, Home Depot

• David Erixson of Silverdale, $500 gift certificate, Men’s Wearhouse

• Evelyn Hernandez, pick-up truck bedliner, Line-X

• Kim Peck of Poulsbo, estate planning, Kevin Moran

• Linnea Schneider of Bremerton, $500 U.S. Savings Bond, American Marine Bank

• Karri Hammond, two nights and two breakfasts at Southcenter Parkway Double Tree Hotel

• Serenity Martin, two nights and two breakfasts at Southcenter Parkway Double Tree Hotel

• Clearwater Casino, $250 gift certificate to Bon-Macy’s

• Renee Cook, Dr. Pepper dream vacation, Bremerton Bottling Co.

• Erin Franke, one year membership at Silverdale Fitness

• Laura Erixson of Silverdale, wine and dinner for eight to Grape Expectations and Tony’s Pizza

• Tom Alcott, “Inaugural pitch” Safeco Field photo, Panaramic Old Town Photo, Tacoma

• Nancy Wiedeman of Poulsbo, two nights and two breakfasts at Red Lion Hotel Silverdale

• Bill Duplain of Poulsbo, two nights and two breakfasts at Red Lion Hotel Silverdale

• Stacy Dillinger of Bremerton, beer/wine/soda making at Head’s Up Brewery

• Cindy Tran of Poulsbo, Honeywell programmable thermostat, Quality Heating

• Bill Bryan, two nights for two at Executive House Hotel, Victoria, B.C.

• Chuck Legantt, cell phone and activation, Nuts About Hi-Fi

• Diane McCann, one-year heating system contract, Quality Heating

• Bruce McKenzie of Bainbridge Island, $250 gift certificate to Clear Creek Nursery

• David Rorvik of Silverdale, $250 of carpet cleaning, Northwest Carpet & Upholstery

• D. Kraft of Bremerton, two nights for two at Harbor Towers, Victoria, B.C.

• Gary Mozian of Port Orchard, two autographed baseballs, Seattle Mariners

• Jeff Phillips of Silverdale, a monthly bouquet of flowers for a year, Flowers To Go

• Bob Schneider, 10 yards of topsoil delivered by Asbury Top Soil

• Ken Crowley, one night for two at Chateau Victoria Hotel, Victoria B.C.

• Cheryl Thomes, one night for two at Laurel Point Inn, Victoria, B.C.

• Teri Huddleston, sports collector cards, Harry Guay and Son

• Brian Buskirk, tickets for four plus merchandise, Tacoma Rainiers

• Summer Posten, player gift pack, Chips Casino

• Linda Cruz, Seattle Mariners collectibles, Swell and Wacky Collectibles

• Mark Powell, four boxes of high-energy bars, GNC

• Lin Walker, four boxes of high-energy bars, GNC

• Lori Tyson, four boxes of high-energy bars, GNC

• James Elliot, four boxes of high-energy bars, GNC

• Richard Berg, $100 gift certificate to Wild Bird Center

• Beryl Cooke, a Tuffs MXP bike, Silverdale Cyclery

• Chas Hamilton, dinner for two at Breezy Hill Bistro

• Mark Smith, Dine Around for two certificate package

• Jane Melin, Dine Around for two certificate package.

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