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More than 70,000 rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River

The Chicago Ducky Derby has already raised over $ 300,000 for Special Olympics.

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Thousands of rubber ducks floated along the Chicago River as they competed to cross the finish line in the city’s 2023 Chicago Ducky Derby.

The annual event allows the public to sponsor rubber ducks with proceeds going towards Special Olympics.

The funds aim to help the organization to "continue to provide year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development to more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities across the state," a press release said.

Special Olympics Illinois athlete, Josh -- who has earned gold and bronze medals in gymnastics -- served as the 2023 Duck Ambassador.

You can visit the website here to adopt a duck for just $5.

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