Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does the Super Duper Duck Splash benefit?

All proceeds from the Super Duper Duck Splash will benefit the Wakefield Rotary Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the Wakefield Rotary Club, and its youth initiative programs. After each of our previous three duck races, the Wakefield Rotary Club donated to our Duck Buddies-four youth charities in our community.

When and where will the race happen?

The ducks will race on Saturday, May 4th, 2024. The event is moving to downtown Wake Forest! Winners need not be present to win and will be contacted if their duck wins a prize and will have 60 days to claim their prize. Race activities will begin at 1:45 p.m. The Corporate Ducks will race at approximately 1:45 pm followed by the big Super Duper Duck Splash race at 2:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, or at 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.

How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Super Duper Duck Splash, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Splash - which is at least 5,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7-digit number and ending with a 7-digit number.

For Example: 8580001-8590000

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck has an unfair advantage and the race is not fixed, to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all 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 on Duck Splash Day?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by Duck Splash Event day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt their duck(s) up to an hour prior to the race. 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 race is not sold out.

When and where is the Super Duper Duck Splash and what does it cost?

The Super Duper Duck Splash will take place on May 4th, 2024, 2:00 PM at WRAL Soccer Fields with some coverage online at A total of 5,000 ducks will participate in the Super Duper Duck Splash. The first 3 ducks through the finish line will win cash prizes of $1,500 for 1st place, $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place. Other ducks in the race will also win some amazing prizes including the last duck. You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted. You can watch the race at

How will I know if my duck wins?

A member from the Wakefield Rotary Club will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win. We will also share the winning information on this website and through the Wakefield Rotary club's Facebook page -- so please Like Us!

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly! Adopt yours today.

Who can adopt a duck?

Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt one or more ducks.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, the Super Duper Duck Splash team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Race day. After the race, 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!

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

If all our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of May 4th, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on race day until right before the race at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th.

How do I contact someone at the Super Duper Duck Splash if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing

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