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Twelve hundred ducks floated Lake Martin last month in the fourth annual Duck Norris race at Chuck’s Marina to raise money and awareness for two local charities, said Candice Gulley, executive director at the Tallapoosa County Sheriffs Girls Ranch.

Brandy Blaylok won $2,500 when her plastic duck numbered 187 was plucked from the head of the finish line at this year’s race, which benefits the Girls Ranch and the Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center. Stephen Smith won second place, and Josh Waller’s duck came in third. The ducks, 4-inch plastic yellow, pink and blue floaters, took a little more than five minutes to travel about 30 feet along the shoreline and into a chute that narrowed the flow to determine a winner.

“They go faster if there is boat traffic. The wakes push them along a little,” explained advocacy center director Jaci Burgess.

This year’s race raised $5,014 for the charities, which work together to support the ranch’s mission in providing a stable home life for neglected and abused young girls. The race has raised nearly $23,000 over four years.

The event was held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 7 just off the dock at Chuck’s, one of the lake’s most popular venues in Blue Creek. Title sponsors of this year’s event were S&S Tire Pros and Glynn Smith Chevrolet.

Next year’s Duck Norris race will take place on July 30th.