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Duck Races – see pictures!

Posted on June 25, 2018



This 2018 event has passed. Thank you to all who participated and came out to see the Race!

(July 2) Link to the Carol Stream Parks Foundation Facebook album to see pictures from the race!

Families are invited to join the Carol Stream Parks Foundation’s third annual Duck Race fundraiser to be held on June 30, 2018, at 8:00 pm at Coral Cove Water Park, 849 W. Lies Road.

Hundreds of rubber ducks are dropped down the large tube slide in four heats. Each duck entry has three tries to place. The first duck to make it to the wall opposite the tube slide exit in each of three heats races in the fourth heat to determine grand, second and third place winners. The grand prize winner receives a Galena Getaway at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa that includes lodging, golf and breakfast. The second place winner receives $250, and the third place winner receives a large pool inflatable.

Duck entries are $5 each. Purchasers may select the actual rubber duck entry. There are many colors and themes to choose from. Once the duck entry is selected, it is swapped out with a ticket carrying the duck’s number. The actual rubber duck entry goes into the “ready for the race” bin. There is no limit to the number of duck entries that can be purchased. Duck entries may be purchased at the Fountain View or Simkus Recreation Centers up until June 29. On the day of the race, June 30, entries may be purchased at Coral Cove Water Park.

The Carol Stream Parks Foundation has been running an entertaining Facebook campaign for several weeks that features pictures of rubber ducks traveling to various places as far as Australia. Other duck travels include Arizona, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Peoria, Illinois. Posts feature ducks at the Sydney Opera House (Australia), on cactus, on bridges, at a ball game, at a bowling alley, next to an iguana, and at places like Lake Michigan, Peoria’s riverfront, Wall Drug in South Dakota, Mt. Rushmore, and other places too numerous to name.

The Facebook campaign for the Duck Races took off last year when various members of the Foundation, Park District and Village photographed and videotaped themselves on a large duck inflatable at Coral Cove Water Park. Executive Director of the Carol Stream Park District, Jim Reuter, promoted the race while going down a waterslide with a GoPro recorder. Foundation board member Dave Creighton went around town in a duck suit, taking pictures with the Mayor of Carol Stream and other local officials and residents.

Proceeds from the Duck Races this year will be donated by the Carol Stream Parks Foundation to the park district scholarship program, which offers the opportunity for underprivileged children to participate in park district sports or other programs. The Carol Stream Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 or nonprofit organization dedicated to developing additional financial support for public parks and recreation programs of the Carol Stream Park District.

See our “Duck(s) Travel” posts on our Facebook wall and our visitors wall


Mom Duck and Kid waiting to get into Coral Cove Water Park.

G’day mates! Fresh from a sellout performance at the Sydney Opera House we present international supergroup, The Ducks!

Ducks are coming from Australia and they’re training with Iguanas!

This duck got his training supplies for the Duck Race at the infamous Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota!

Quite the climb for this road tripping duck to get to the top of the Cathedral Spires in Custer State Park, South Dakota.

Breathtaking! Should this be a postcard?

Peoria was good training ground for our Ducks this year!

Thirsty duck at the ballgame.

Fueling up at JT’s Corner Tap & Eatery in Carol Stream.

Did you know our Ducks are born in Cactus flowers in the Arizona desert? That’s what makes them so FAST!

Zoom in to see this little duck on the Big U at the University of Utah where he is studying strategies to win the race!


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