Tampa’s mighty rubber duck race goes virtual for 2020

Thousands of yellow rubber ducks poured into a river

Quack, quack, quack! Even in a pandemic, Tampa’s mighty ducks fly, or in this case float, together. The ducks are coming back in 2020 for a different kind of race.

Alexa, play “Rubber Duckie” by Ernie.


You might remember this event as the rubber duck race down the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event will instead be streamed on Facebook Live and a random number generator will be used to select the $5,000 first place prize, $1,000 second place prize, and $500 third place prize. 

This year’s proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tampa, Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding Tampa Bay, local organizations that help kids and families in need most especially during times like these.

Everyone who adopts a duck (yes, we said adopt a rubber duck) will get a number, which will be entered into the raffle for the winnings.

The ducks are only 5 dollars each. Whether your duck comes in first, second, or third, everyone involved wins as proceeds will help support local children and families.

To be in the running to win these prizes, you can still purchase a rubber duck here. The more ducks you adopt, the better chance you have to win. After signing up, you can head over to their Facebook Live on Saturday, July 25, for “some quacky fun” as they announce the winners. 

This year’s Incredible (Virtual) Duck Race is presented by Center State Bank.

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