9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby on Aug. 7 in Chicago


CHICAGO – Special Olympics Illinois is gearing up for the 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby on Aug. 7. Join thousands of spectators watch 60,000 rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive Bridge and race towards the finish line. Race Day kicks off at 10 a.m. at 400 N. Michigan Avenue (The Wrigley Building) with entertainment for the entire family – including the Radio Disney Chicago team and appearances by several sports mascots. Splashdown for the Duck Derby is at 1 p.m. Ducks will be sold at the event until 12:30 p.m.

The funds raised will help support year- round sports training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Special Olympics athletes and more than 18,500 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) throughout Illinois

Adopt a duck for $5, a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25) or a Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) for your chance to win one of the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby’s great prizes including a brand new 2014 Chevy Equinox or an all-inclusive Apple Vacation. Join the conversation on Race Day using #chiduckyderby.

Duck adoption sales teams are forming throughout the area and they compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team, download a registration form at duckrace.com/Chicago. If groups or companies would like more information about getting involved, contact Corinne Zollars at czollars@soill.org or call 630-942-5610.

The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby is presented by Jewel Osco. Thank you to TD Ameritrade, Amplivox, Beemsterboer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Durham School Services, Dunkin Donuts, IlliniCare Health Plan, KIND, Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers,  Apple Vacations, Riu Palace Peninsula, Comcast Sportsnet, Chicagoland Speedway, Coca-Cola, The Shops of North Bridge, Nordstrom, Conrad Chicago Hotel, Eddie V’s, Seasons 52, Chipotle, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC 5 Chicago, Eataly, Radio Disney Chicago, RCN, 93.9 MY FM, The Wrigley Building, Shoreline Sightseeing, Chicago Water Taxi, Zeller Realty Group, Veolia Environmental Services, Wendella and The Village of Bridgeview for sponsoring the event.

About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.


Alexandra McMillin, 630-942-5621