Estes Park Unleashes Tidal Wave Of Rubber Ducks To Benefit Local Charities

"Lucky Duck" from Estes Park Duck Race in Colorado

The Rotary Club of Estes Park will float thousands of rubber ducks down the Fall River on May 4, 2024, in a race to benefit over 60 local charities. Sporting the theme “We are Family,” the event celebrates its 36th anniversary this year.


Come rain or shine (these duckies are no wimps), the river will run yellow with thousands of bobbing ducks caught by volunteers holding fishing nets at the end of the 2 ½ mile racecourse. Hundreds of prizes are up for grabs: $10,000 to the first duck across the line, $6,000 and $4,000 to the second and third ducks respectively. Vacation packages, gift certificates, and more good loot are also among the prizes.


On race day, the festival kicks off with the Duck Waddle 5k, followed by the grand unleashing of the ducks via a cage suspended above the Fall River. Spectators can gather along the riverbank (yellow duck hats optional) to cheer on the duckies and enjoy live entertainment throughout the day.


Race organizers invite everyone to purchase ducks for this year’s event via the official website: epduckrace.orgDucks can be bought either singularly or in “quack packs” of five with the sixth duck free. No time to hop online before the event? No problem—ducks can also be purchased the morning of the race.

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