Word about the races got around fast. Duck didn't expect it. At 4:30 the next morning he received a call from a Boston radio station wanting to do a phone interview.
"Is your name really Duck?" he was asked.
"Yes," said Robert. "It's Robert W. Duck, and the W. doesn't stand for Waddle—it's Wayne."
The calls continued to pour in from as far away as eastern Canada. Robert appeared on local TV and radio. He heard that word of the races had even reached Europe.
With all this hoopla, Duck expects the 1982 races to draw a bigger field of ducks. So he's going to begin training earlier. He says he's going to work with different breeds to see which have the most potential.
"I might not take this quite so seriously if it was just for fun," says Robert, "but, my goodness, $2,000 is a lot of money."
Small wonder that Duck says, "We're anxiously awaiting the 1982 race and the thrill of victory and the agony of webbed feet."