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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Special Olympics Illinois 2015 Rubber Ducks Race Day, 60,000 Ducks Will Splash into the Chicago River August 6

Ducks still available for adoption - 1st Prize is a Brand New 2015 Chevy Trax
CHICAGOAugust 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 60,000 rubber duckies will drop off the Columbus Bridge into the Chicago River on August 6, 2015 at 1 p.m.!  The 10th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby to benefit Special Olympics Illinois enthralls people of all ages who watch the ducks "race" to the finish line. This year Special Olympics Illinois celebrates a decade of ducks. Join the conversation using #ChiDuckyDerby on social media.
Ducks are still available for adoption for $5.00 online until August 6 at www.chicagoduckrace.com. Ducks can also be adopted on race day, August 6, beginning at 7 a.m. at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. The Family Festival begins at 10 a.m. in front of the Wrigley Building and features carnival games and prizes, face painting and visits with many of Chicago's sports team mascots as well as the Ducky Derby mascot Splash. Many Special Olympics Illinois athletes are on hand to greet visitors. First prize is a Brand New 2015 Chevy Trax.
Special Olympics Illinois athlete, Global Messenger and Ducky Derby Ambassador Nick will be at the finish line boat to hold up the winning duck whose adopter will win the Trax, courtesy of the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers. Other prizes include an all-inclusive Apple Vacation to Cancun, Mexico, a NASCAR package, and a Rosemont Getaway Package for two.
The success of the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby depends on the dozens of sales teams – both corporate teams and independent groups – who devote the summer to selling duck adoptions and spreading the word about the benefits of Special Olympics.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 21,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit www.soill.org.
On race day all media contacts should check-in at media table. Contact: Corinne Zollars 847-309-6125 or czollars@soill.orgAlexandra McMillin 312-502-7954 or amcmillin@soill.org.

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