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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag!

A few days prior to the Little Apple Duck Dash, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Dash - which is 5,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.

For Example:
7458001-7463000

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Little Apple Duck Dash booth or in a sponsoring business is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range is entered into E-Quack and all the numbers are shuffled up. Then, 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.

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck is taking steroids and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

What if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by Duck Dash day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the Duck Dash. Their names will be placed at random into the mix, next to a number that does not already have a name by it. Anyone can adopt until an hour before the race begins, as long as the Duck Dash is not sold out.

What time is the Little Apple Duck Dash?

The fun will start on Sunday, September 29 at 1 pm - 4 pm at CiCo Park Sledding Hill, including duck “tattoo” station, food vendors, and mascots. The ducks will be launched down the CiCo sledding hill at approximately 3 pm. The first through the finish line win the race!

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly!

Who can adopt a duck?

Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt a duck.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, The Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Dash day. After the Duck Dash, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the US.

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 Little Apple Duck Dash?

No, the Little Apple Duck Dash is open to the public and is held at CiCo Park Sledding Hill.

Can I adopt ducks on Duck Race Day?

If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Saturday night, September 28th, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Sunday until 30 minutes prior to the start of the race at a booth set up at CiCo Park Sledding Hill.

How do I contact someone at The Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing exec@bgclubmanhattan.com or calling Duck Dash Central at 785-539-1947.

Who does the Little Apple Duck Dash benefit?

All proceeds from the Little Apple Duck Dash benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to enable all youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Please visit us at: http://www.bgclubmanhattan.com/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bgclubmanhattan.