5,000+ Rubber Ducks Race Down the Hillsborough River

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We’re used to seeing incredible, unique things on Tampa’s waterfront. During RiverFest, massive hot air balloons glowed at Curtis Hixon Park and a stream of dachshunds participated in the wiener-dog derby.

On August 12, the Kiwanis Club of Tampa will race 5,000+ rubber ducks down the Hillsborough River. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will win cash prizes. The Duck Race will take place at Curtis Hixon Park and include family friendly music, food and activities all leading up to the big race.

2,030 rubber ducks have been adopted

Ducks can be adopted online at $5 per duck. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tampa charitable foundation. Over 2,000 ducks have been adopted so far. The organization has a goal of 5,000 adoptions.

Tampa Kiwanis Club has been helping children in the local community since 1919. Members of the organization continue to find creative ways to serve the needs of children in the Tampa community. They build ramps for the disabled, hold immunization events, purchase holiday gifts for kids in need, provide scholarships and work with leadership clubs in school at the middle school, high school and college levels.

Kiwanis members also build reading rooms in Boys and Girls Clubs all around Tampa. The organization also provides grants to local nonprofit organizations.

Measures have been taken to ensure ducks will not damage waterways 

Concerned residents will be pleased to know that Kiwanis has partnered with a company that runs these races all around the world. These organizations have taken measures to be sure that these ducks are not a threat to the city’s waterways.

The ducks will be contained in a lane and funneled to the finish line. We will have several boats and volunteers on hand to help make sure all of the ducks are collected and accounted for.

Tampa Incredible Duck Race takes place Saturday, August 12 from 10am-noon. You can adopt one duck for $5, five ducks for $20, twelve ducks for $50 or twenty-five ducks for $100

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me