10th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby to Benefit SOILL


A Decade of Ducks will take to the Chicago River on Aug. 6

Special Olympics Illinois is gearing up for the 10th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby on August 6, 2015. 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 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 22,000 Special Olympics athletes and nearly 21,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) throughout Illinois.

Adopt a duck for $5, a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), a Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) of new this year a Decade of Ducks Donor package (240 ducks for $1,000) for your chance to win one of the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby’s great prizes including a brand new 2015 Chevy Trax or an all-inclusive Apple Vacation. Join the conversation on Race Day using #chiduckyderby.

This year’s Duck Ambassador is Nick Lorenz, 20, of Peotone. Last year was his first time as a member of the Darling Ducklings sales team for the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, but you’d never know it by his results. He sold an astounding 2,090 ducks – a record setting amount for an individual on any team. Nick has been a Special Olympics Illinois athlete for 12 years, competing in bowling, bocce, swimming, track, softball and basketball. He’s an avid Chicago sports fan – always cheering on the Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox, Cubs and Wolves. When he’s not competing, Nick volunteers at his church, helps his uncle at a food pantry and assists at LWSRA, the special recreation association where he competes.

Nick will represent events throughout the summer. He’s also featured in the adoption papers and on the Ducky Derby website. He will remain an active member of the Darling Ducklings, trying to beat his record from last year.

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 www.chicagoduckrace.com. If groups or companies would like more information about getting involved, contact Shelley Chenoweth at 630-942-5619.

The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby is presented by Jewel Osco. Thank you to TD Ameritrade, Amplivox, Big Ten Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Durham School Services, Dunkin’ Donuts, Lake Shore Recycling Systems, Fox 32 Chicago, IlliniCare Health Plan, Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers,  Apple Vacations, Chicagoland Speedway, Coca Cola, Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, KIND, The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, MyFM, KISS FM, BIG 95.5, iFly, The Wrigley Building, Sprint, Shoreline Sightseeing, Chicago Water Taxi, Zeller Realty Group, Veolia Environmental Services, Wendella, Kings Rosemont, Skinny Pop, 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 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 21,000 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 fitness, 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 www.soill.org.


Alexandra McMillin, 630-942-5621