Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

All it took was a few bucks to put a duck in the fourth annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby race.

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All it took was a few bucks to put a duck in the fourth annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby race benefiting athletes of the Special Olympics Illinois.
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Tara Grimes
These lucky ducks got to watch the action on deck. I spy Splash the duck!
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A construction truck conducted the Duck Splashdown on the Columbus Drive Bridge. It didn't take long before the Chicago River was a sea of yellow!
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Over 30,000 duckies were dumped in the Chicago River, each donor in suspense that maybe... just maybe theirs would win!
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Crowds surrounded the Chicago River all the way from the Columbus Drive Bridge to Michigan Bridge to watch the fourth annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby.
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Spectators wedged between others just to get a glimpse of the great race.
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Tattoos galore for some!
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Families from all over gathered to support Special Olympics Illinois. They felt the race was a fun and creative way to raise money for a good cause.
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We don't think they've seen so many duckies in their lives.
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Tara Grimes
Boaters used a spray gun to keep most duckies on track. Occasionally some would part ways. Maybe you'll see a few floating along the river in the upcoming weeks?
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Some duckies didn't seem to enjoy the race. They just wanted to chill by the harbor.
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Boaters with their nets helped to keep all duckies in the race zone.
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Collaboration of the unlucky ducky losers.
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Keep em goin!
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Crowds. Crowds. Crowds on the Riverwalk!
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It seemed to be the children that enjoyed the event the most.
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Can't stop the quacks! Children were seen tootin here and there with their noise makers.
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"Mommy look!"
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They all wish they could be winners, but alas only six were chosen. Grand prize winner received a seven night trip for two to RIU Palace Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
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Children and adults alike watched in awe as the ducks slowly made their way to the finish line.
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Taking the ducks back to safety! Rescuers must make sure they have all the ducks because they travel all over the state to raise money.
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Getting ready for the big race!
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It was all smiles for watchers.
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Donors line up to adopt a ducky.
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All donations go to help more than 22,000 athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.
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King rubber duckie helping to attract donators!
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