Chicago dumps over 63,000 rubber ducks into the river for charity

By Steven Nunez, Staff Photographer

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  • Chicago held its 14th annual Ducky Derby charity event Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Chicago Riverwalk.

  • Over 63,000 rubber duckies were dumped into the Chicago River to raise funds for the Illinois Special Olympics.

  • The duckies race down the river, with each respective owner receiving a prize based on the performance of their ducky.

  • The winner of the 2019 Ducky Derby race won a Chevy Equinox, $2,500, a vacation to the Riviera Maya, a weekend getaway in Chicago or NASCAR tickets.

  • Ducky-owners and spectators cheered from the Riverwalk as the duckies were dumped into the river.

  • Over 63,000 rubber duckies were dumped into the Chicago River from the Wabash Bridge Thursday, Aug. 8.

  • Rubber ducky owners paid $5 for one duck or up to $1,000 for 240 ducks to sponsor in the derby.

  • In 2018, $425,000 was raised for the Illinois Special Olympics from the derby.

  • After the race, the rubber ducks are collected and reused for next year's race.

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