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The Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck Race

Frequently Asked Questions

Who does The Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck Race benefit?

The majority of the proceeds from the Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck race will benefit Youth Emotional Support (YES) of Volusia & Flagler Counties.

Although YES seems like a direct counseling clinic, its main purpose is to raise money for scholarships to train certified counselors with additional skills to match the expanding need for youth counseling in our area. Each scholarship is approximately $16,000. It is imperative that everyone support this worthwhile organization as youth crisis, depression, anxiety, and magnified (social media) peer pressure are growing faster than we can keep up, and our children are facing emotional pressures unlike anything we've ever seen.

Other proceeds will help other Kiwanis projects like the Back-to-School shopping spree for students in need, food boxes for Christmas, academic scholarships, and many more projects and organizations to help as many children as possible.

How does it work?

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

How do my ducks get in the water?

On the day of the race, special carriers holding all 5,000 ducks will drop the entire load at the same time directly into the water (It’s an exciting and impressive spectacle!). Once in the water the Ducks will race to the finish line amidst cheers and excitement, where each winning duck will be recorded and verified.

For Example: 8580001-8590000

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

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, so 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 Race Day?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by race day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt 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 Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck Race and what does it cost?

The Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck Race will take place on Sunday, November 5th, at 11 am with Ducks Dropping at noon at the newly renovated Esplanade park & riverfront. A total of 5,000 ducks will be launched at approximately Noon. The first 8 ducks through the finish line will win some amazing prizes, with a special prize for the “Last Duck In”.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Daytona Beach Kiwanis Club will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win.

What Do I Receive if My Duck Wins?

The 1st Place winning Duck will receive - $2,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

They're Rubber ducks, silly!

Who can adopt a duck?

Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt a duck, and agree to any and all rules regarding games of chance.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, The Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck Race 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! Sunday, Nov 5th, Esplanade on Beach St.

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

If all our 5,000 have not been adopted as of November 4th, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on race day until one hour prior to the start of the race at an adoption booth at Esplanade set up prior to the The Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck Race.

How do I contact someone at The Great Daytona Beach Kiwanis Duck Race if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing Anthony Jones (Duck Race Chair) at