Rubber duckies race for a cause

Published: May. 12, 2016 at 11:43 PM EDT|Updated: May. 21, 2016 at 7:43 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thousands of rubber duckies raced down a water slide on Friday in the annual Coastal Duck Derby at Jungle Rapids Water Park. The event benefited the Coastal Horizons Open House Emergency Youth Shelter and Residential Services.

Each duck was $5. People also purchased a "Quack Pack" (6 ducks) for $25.00, a "Quacker's Dozen" (12 ducks) for $50.00, and a "Flock of Ducks" (25 ducks) for $100.00.

All of the ducks purchased raced down the park's volcano water slide and into the lazy river. The first duck to cross the finish line won $1,000 for the person who adopted it.

Jamie Thompson, Development Director at Coastal Horizons Center, said she was pleased with the turnout.

"It rained today, which is fitting for a duck race so I was so excited to see all the families and people and sponsors and volunteers that stood in the rain and cheered on those ducks," Thompson said.

Allen and PJ Middleton won the $1,000 prize. They decided to donate it back to Coastal Horizons.

A $100,000 prize was on the line for the duck that came in 13th place.

"The $100,000 duck is all thanks to Spirit Communications working with a promotion company that does this for lots of duck races across the country," said Jamie Thompson, Development Director at Coastal Horizons Center.

Though there was not a big winner at this race, Thompson explained the 13th duck would have to be adopted and have approximately 3 numbers identified as the $100,000 numbers.

Thompson said there are approximately 100 duck races around the country and no one has ever won.

Before the race began, Thompson had high hopes for the Duck Derby.

"I hope that the 13th duck belongs to someone, because if they win, Coastal Horizon's Open House will also receive $100,000," Thompson says.

Even though no one won the $100,000 prize, Thompson said she was thankful for the support.

"Something as simple as racing ducks, which is nostalgic for most of us, makes a huge impact in the lives of the children we serve," Thompson explained.

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