Frequently Asked Questions

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If I have a paper certificate - where can I drop off a completed adoption certificate if it’s too late to mail it?

The Computer Store, 2008 SW Gage, Topeka. **(if you don’t have a paper certificate, adopt online and check the “No” box when asked about a paper certificate).

What is the deadline to adopt ducks online?

The deadline to adopt ducks online is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning September 18th

How do I know which duck is mine?

A few days prior to the Sertoma Great Topeka Duck Race, volunteers will place numbered, waterproof tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Race, which is at least 10,000! The “Quack Track” computer program matches your name, with your (paper) adoption certificate #, if you adopted on a paper certificate, and if you adopted online, then it is all done by computer, so the computer program randomly assigns the tag numbers on the bottom of each duck to a duck adopter. Although all the ducks look alike, when they are taken from the water, the tag number will be matched to the name of the adopter. Winners are announced by name, not number, so no need to remember a number.

How do the ducks get in the water?

On Race Day, all the ducks are in a barge on the water in the cove south of the Lake Shawnee swim beach. At 10:00, the barge will release a door and the ducks will fall into the lake. The ducks follow a race course marked with swim pool lane markers, racing to the finish line.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Sertoma 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?


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

No. After you “adopt” your rubber duck; 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.

Is my duck adoption tax deductible?

Unfortunately, duck adoptions are not eligible for tax deduction. Please consult with your tax advisor.

Is there an admission fee for the Sertoma Duck Race

No Fee for admission. There will be no activities at all Race Day, due to social distancing concerns. The ducks will be dropped into the water at 10:00 a.m., and winners called after the Race. Media and Facebook will provide live coverage.

Can I adopt ducks on Race Day?

If all of our 10,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Saturday morning, September 18th, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Saturday until 10:00 a.m. when they are dropped into the water.

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

Please contact us by emailing or calling Julie at (785) 221-2014.