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For 41 years, KinderMourn has provided help, hope and healing to bereaved parents and grieving children. We provide counseling services for parents who have experienced the death of a child and children grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. Our mission has remained strong and the heart of KinderMourn still beats for one purpose…to provide a safe haven for those who have suffered unimaginable loss.

When and where is the HOPE FLOATS Duck Race?

Sunday, May 3, 2020

2 - 5 p.m.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

Charlotte, NC 28214

What time do the ducks race?

At 3:30 p.m. the duck race will begin! Thousands of adorable rubber ducks will splash into the Whitewater Center’s churning currents and dash through the rapids. If your duck is randomly selected at the race finish line, you will automatically be the grand prize winner of $2,500!!

How can I adopt ducks?

Adopt one lucky duck or an entire raft! Start your own team or join an existing team! CLICK the Home or Teams tab above to get Quackin'!! The more ducks you adopt, the better your chances of winning the GRAND PRIZE! But more importantly, the more ducks you adopt, the more KinderMourn can bring help and hope to so many families in need.

How do I adopt a duck from a team?

Select the duck image on the front of the website or click the link underneath the duck image which will take you to the teams tab. Select your favorite team and then select the adopt a duck now button. The team will receive credit for the duck adoption but the adopted ducks are yours.

How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Duck Race, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Race. In 2019, we tagged 35,000 ducks! Now, that's a lot of ducks!
If you would like to help tag ducks on Wednesday, April 29, please fill out the volunteer form found under the Volunteers Tab above!

What is my tag number?

We can’t give you your tag number because we won’t know it until we run what we call a "Mix Report" right before the race. We want to make sure that no duck has any favor over another (they are all equally adorable) and that the race is not fixed in any way, so numbers are never given out. However, rest assured that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water. If you adopted ducks through one of our mail-in adoption papers, please know that the number printed on that adoption paper may not be your actual race number on the day of the race.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, through the mail, or by calling our office at 704-376-2580, will be entered into our E-Quack database. This database stores all of your adoption information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. Once a tag range is entered into E-Quack, the numbers will be randomly assigned to each adopted duck. E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. Thus, if you adopted 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different Tag Numbers.

How will I know if my duck wins?

One of our KinderMourn Duck Race coordinators, along with our favorite Duck Race Ambassador Larry Sprinkle, will announce the winners immediately after the race. You do not need to be present to win! If you can't be with us on race day, we will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly!

Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?

No, so sorry! After you adopt your duck, our KinderMourn coaches will work hard to train your ducks and make sure each one is ready for Duck Race day. After the race, all of the ducks will be gathered up and prepped to fly off to their next race somewhere in the US. We will have the same type of ducks for purchase at our DUCK DEPOT on Race Day.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, the winner does not need to be present to win. We do hope you will join us for the festivities though!

Is there an admission fee for the Duck Race?

No. there is no cost to participate in the all of the fun on Race Day. However, there is a $10 adoption fee, per duck, to participate in the race and the U.S. National Whitewater Center will charge a $6 parking fee, per vehicle, unless you already have an annual parking pass with them.

Can I adopt ducks on Race Day?

Yes and no.... If all of our ducks have not been adopted as of Friday evening, May 1st, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption at the race on Sunday the 3rd, up until one hour prior to the start of the race. A duck adoption booth will be set up at the US National Whitewater Center if we have any orphan ducks left to adopt. We normally sell out of ducks the week before the event so we encourage you to adopt early!!