An unusual race for a great cause


Have you ever heard of a rubber duck race? It sounds crazy, but across the world, collective individuals have hosted fundraisers in which rubber duckies, the ones found in bathtubs, sprint across rivers to reach a determined finish line. In places such as Germany and even in our neighboring Summit, these rubber duckies provide hope to people in need. But how did this wacky and weird tradition start? We’ll have to go all the way back to Dyserth, Wales for the answer.

A man named Bill Rigby proposed a charity event in which hundreds of ducks were floated down the river in order to entertain viewers. “What?” people said. “This is crazy!” But still, the race commenced on Boxing Day (December 26th) and it was a huge success. Around the 1990s, rubber duck races started to spread across the world and became more and more popular.

There are downsides to these awesome contests, though. Potential risks include pollution of rivers as several thousands of pounds of plastic floating down a stream with no guarantee that it will be recovered. But the popularity still increases. In Germany in 2008, 51 duck races took place. Not only that — 80,000 spectators showed up to watch one of them! Also in 2008, the largest duck race of all time was hosted, occuring in Britain. It was called the Great British Duck Race and included 250,000 ducks.

But why is this important? The duck races fund charities and medical companies. Not only that, this October, the greatest amount of these competitions transpire. In Germany, the Tubingen Duck Race will take place which is one of the greatest rubber duck events. Also, as mentioned previously, a race in Summit just took place. If you’re interested, search up “Rubber Duck Places Near Me.”