There’s a lot more than fun plastic ducks racing down a river to raise funds for great nonprofit organizations! Here are 10 things you never know about the GAME Derby Duck Race!
(Above photo: The first Derby Duck® Race in Phoenix, AZ in 1988.)
1. The first Derby Duck Race was in 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Scottsdale Arizona Prevention Institute raised over $150,000.
2. GAME works with non-profits in over 70 cities in the United States and five locations internationally including Canada, Mexico and Germany.
3. Our Derby Duck racers fly thousands of miles each year – they leave our warehouse in February of each year and don’t return to the nest until the end of October.
(Above Photo: 150,000 Derby Ducks were launched into the Ohio River in 2014)
4. The Freestore Food Bank in Cincinnati became GAME’s first client to raise over $1 million when they raced 150,000 ducks during their Rubber Duck Regatta in August 2014.
(Above Photo: Our racer in Binghamton, NY created a slip and slide for their 2015 duck race)
5. Can’t launch the ducks in water? No problem. Racers have had fun using their imagination in creating courses for their duck race. How about launching ducks down a man-made slip and slide? Or setting up an obstacle course and have local athletes pluck a duck and complete the obstacle course with their duck?
(Above Photo: GAME’s Turbo Turtles)
6. Did you know that GAME also races Turbo Turtles? Smaller community groups are able to race our turbo turtles who wear the same cool shades that our derby ducks wear.
(Above Photo: Some of GAME’s fun pool and spa products)
7. GAME is also a leading global manufacturer of pool and spa products and accessories including pool filter systems, solar heaters, solar underwater light shows, and solar chlorinators.
8. Giant Quacky, the World’s Largest Yellow Rubber Duck, was launched on August 19, 2013 at the Rubber Duck Regatta in Cincinnati, Ohio. It stood 65 feet tall and weighed 1,100 pounds. Giant Quacky became tired after his racer tour and retired in August of 2014.
(Above Photo: A snapshot from GAME’s 2014 Racer Conference in Ft. Lauderdale)
9. Every other year, GAME hosts a racer conference for all of our duck racers. The conference is a great place to get your feathers wet, get re-invigorated for your race, boost sales, get new ideas and meet fellow friends of the flock!
10. Since 1988, GAME’s Derby Duck Races have helped raise over $265 million for our nonprofit partners and their causes.