Frequently Asked Questions

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How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the ZOOM DUCK DERBY, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Derby - which is 5,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.
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How does it work?

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

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 race day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt ducks up until 8:59 a.m. the day of 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 8:59 a.m. before the race begins, as long as the duck race is not sold out.

What time is the ZOOM DUCK DERBY & WALK?

Zoom Duck Derby Day & Walk will start on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 8:00 am at The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium/Zoombezi Bay, beginning with the 1-Mile Wellness Walk including your wellness bag of goodies. The ducks will be launched and begin racing at 9:00 am in the Lazy River. The first ducks to ZOOM across the finish line win the race! Winners will be announced at 10 am at the shelter locations reserved at the park for the event by our MC. *Columbus Zoo & Zoombezi Season Pass Holders Memberships can enter at no cost - Just remember to adopt your ducks! Must be a Zoombezi Pass Holder to enter Zoombezi Bay to see the race.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The Alpha Group 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?

People who adopt ducks should be 18 years of age or older. If someone adopts a duck under a child’s name and the child wins a prize, then the prize will be given to the child’s parent or guardian.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, The Alpha Group will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for 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! Purchase your ZOOM PASS $25 – a great deal!

Is my duck adoption tax deductible?

Unfortunately, duck adoptions are not eligible for tax deduction. Please consult with your tax advisor. To make a tax deductible donation visit,

Is there an admission fee for the ZOOM DUCK DERBY & WALK?

Yes, guests will need to purchase their WADDLES PASS FOR $25 per person, grants full admission to The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & Zoombezi Bay all day, FREE PARKING, and Wellness Walk Admission with cinch bag and to the first 400 guests – DUCK DONUTS!! Your Waddles Duck Pass and t-shirts will be available at the Columbus Zoo entrance Registration Desk at 7:30 am on event day for pick up.

*Columbus Zoo & Zoombezi Season Pass Holders Memberships can enter at NO COST - Just remember to adopt your ducks and purchase your t-shirt! Must have a Zoombezi Season Pass to enter Zoombezi Bay area to see the duck race.

Can I adopt ducks on Duck Race Day?

If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Friday night August 2nd, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Saturday until one hour prior to the start of the race at a booth set up at the Columbus Zoo Entrance.

How do I contact someone at The Alpha Group if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing or calling (740) 368-5810.

Who does the ZOOM DUCK DERBY & WALK benefit?

All proceeds benefit The Alpha Group, a 501(c)(3) charity, a nonprofit organization which has grown to be one of the largest providers of service to individuals with ABILITIES in Delaware County and now extends help to people living in (8) eight surround counties. Your duck adoptions will support Community Employment, Integrated Adult Day, Supportive Living, Transportation and Work Training Services provided by The Alpha Group. (TIN# 31-0810220). Please visit our Website or our Facebook page for more information.