Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does The Great Duck Race benefit?

All proceeds from The Great Duck Race will benefit ECU Health Cancer Care services & programs.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in-person or through 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 race, 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.

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, 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 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 Duck Race and what does it cost?

The Great Duck Race is scheduled for October 29, 2022, at Wildwood Park (3450 Blue Heron Dr, Greenville, NC), in conjunction with their Festival of Fright weekend. There is no cost to watch the race, but we highly encourage you to adopt ducks to help us reach our goal!

How will I know if my duck wins?

A Young Professionals of Pitt County staff member will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly!

Who can adopt a duck?

Anyone 18 years and older may adopt a duck.

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

No. After you adopt your duck, the Great Duck Race team 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 United States. We have plenty of non-race rubber ducks to give out as souvenirs, so please contact after you adopt and she'll let you know how to claim yours!

Do I have to be present to win?

No, you do not, but we'd love to see you there cheering on your duck!

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

If all our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of October 28, 2022, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on race day until one hour prior to the start of the race online.

How do I contact someone at the Great Duck Race if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing or call (252) 752-4101 ext. 2223