What is the Duck Race?

The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to announce that the seventh annual Columbus Duck Race will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 on the Scioto Mile. This year’s event is again partnering with the Columbus Food Truck Festival, the largest food truck festival in the Midwest.

Our rubber duck race sends 20,000 rubber duck 'Racers' sprinting down the Scioto River after being launched from the Broad Street Bridge.  Participants purchase a Racer Duck, and if your Racer is the first across the finish line - you are one lucky duck! Prizes for first, second, and third place are listed below.

While you may be one lucky duck, children and their families everywhere are the most fortunate. Proceeds benefit The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Institute is focused on discovery – an improved treatment for serious childhood illness, an exciting new insight into a basic biological process, a pioneering strategy to prevent injury or disease, or an innovative way to deliver care to the most vulnerable of our children.