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Palm Beach Duck Dash ~ FAQs

Who does the Palm Beach Duck Dash benefit?

All proceeds from the Palm Beach Duck Dash benefit Special Olympics Florida – Palm Beach County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our organization provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for over 1,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. Visit for more information.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck is entered into what we call E-Quack. You may adopt a duck online, in the mail, at a Duck Dash event, or in a sponsoring business. E-Quack is 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 Palm Beach Duck Dash, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Duck Dash – 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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What is my tag number?

The tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by a 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 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 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 Palm Beach Duck Dash?

The Palm Beach Duck Dash will take place on Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at Rapids Water Park located at 6566 North Military Trail, Riviera Beach, FL 33407. A total of 5,000 ducks will be released down the lazy river at 10:30am. The first FOUR ducks to cross the finish line will win some amazing prizes.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Special Olympics Florida – Palm Beach County 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, Special Olympics Florida – Palm Beach County will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Dash 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 of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Saturday, November 6th, 2021 the remaining ducks will be available for adoption ONLINE on race day until one hour prior to the start of the race.

Who can I contact someone at Special Olympics Florida – Palm Beach County if I have questions that are not answered here?

You may contact one of our lead ducks, Amber Bautz or Rich Fleming, to answer any remaining questions by calling or emailing us: or (561) 966-7019.