Just one rubber duck brings a smile to anyone’s face. Now imagine over 50,000 rubber ducks floating on the Chicago River for a good cause. Experience the beautiful madness at the Windy City Rubber Duck Derby.
This fundraising event for Special Olympic Illinois dumps over 50,000 yellow rubber ducks off the Columbus Avenue Bridge into the Chicago River where they race towards a finish line.
Each of the ducks dumped into the river can be adopted by individuals or businesses. Those who want to participate can adopt a duck for $5, 6 for $25, 24 for $100, or 240 for $1000. The person whose duck crosses the finish line first could win a a 2016 Chevy Malibu, an All-Inclusive Apple Vacation to Cancun, or other prizes. When the ducks fall into the river, a person on a boat sprays all the ducks toward the finish line to give them some momentum. At the time of this writing Special Olympics Illinois is less than 10,000 rubber ducks away from their goal of 60,000 rubber duck adoptions.
The ambassador for the vent is Allie who has competed in bocce, soccer, bowling, basketball, gymnastics and track and field with the Special Olympics. She is one of the 22,000 athletes and more than 20,000 young athletes across Illinois who benefit from the proceeds of the Windy City Rubber Duck Derby.
The Windy City Rubber Duck Derby takes place Aug. 4 at the Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan Avenue. The family fun festival kicks off at 10 a.m. and the race starts at 1 p.m. To adopt a duck and for more information visit duckrace.com/chicago.