Colorado Duck Race

The Colorado Duck Race is an event everyone can enjoy from the banks of the Colorado River. Adopted ducks take to the Colorado river in a mass start, mass fun race the length of Watson Island. Powered by luck and the currents of the river, which duck will come out the victor? Adopt one or many and cheer on all the racing ducks to their finish. Proceeds from the race benefit Mesa County Search and Rescue.

Will your adopted duck float past the river hazards, navigate the best currents, and eek out a win by a duck bill? Be there at the finish to witness all the drama and to cheer on your duck. The competition will be hot. Who will quack? Who will win?!

The winning adopted duck will net their race sponsor a prize and the prestige of the Valley. 

And the winner is...

Duck number 252 of team LB navigated the waters of the Colorado River ahead of the rest of the flock and crossed the finish line to the cheers of the crowd and first into the net of the Mesa County Search and Rescue swiftwater rescue team. And for Duck #252's efforts, adopter Ben Potter won an Aire Tomcat Solo Inflatable Kayak (otherwise known as a Duckie), life jacket, and paddle provided by Whitewater West in Grand Junction. To help ensure Ben's friends and family are safe when they paddle together, we are also including a Downriver throw bag from Gear Junction.

And because we have excellent support from the community, we are happy to celebrate the duck that raced at it's own speed and crossed the finish line Dead Ducking Last... Duck number 151 of team XAI-WINNER! Brandy Martin gets a selection of prizes to celebrate their duck's independent spirit. For dogging it in the the race, Brandy gets a Ruffwear Dog life vest and $50 gift certificate from Chow Down Pet Supplies. Because clearly her duck could use some more pep, she also wins a 22 oz Hot/Cold water bottle/coffee thermos (hint hint) from Hala Gear. And since duck 151 is in no rush, we think Brandy will need some sun protection so we have an SPF 50 full brim hat provided by Gear Junction to keep Brandy comfortable while waiting for slow ducks. Finally, to ensure that water slides offer her like off a duck's back, we are rounding out her prize package with a Wilderness Shell from Loki Gear in a very ducky Autumn Glory yellow.

Congratulations to our winners! And thank you to all the adopters for your support of Mesa County Search & Rescue Ground Team. Stay tuned for the next Colorado Duck Race...


Racing ducks courtesy of Voyager Youth Program. Voyager Youth Program seeks to inspire the youth of Ouray County to achieve healthy lives through prevention education and experiential activities with a purpose. Thanks to their support of the Colorado Riverfest, we were able to save the expense of purchasing our own ducks meaning more money can go to support Mesa County Search and Rescue.


Colorado Duck Race Rules

Official Race Rules & Regulations

1) The 2018 Colorado Duck Race is operated by Colorado Riverfest PBC (the “Operator”) for the benefit of Mesa County Search and Rescue, a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

2) The 2018 Colorado Duck Race shall be open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age (entrant). Prize winners must be individuals at least 18 years or older, or a parent or guardian must accept the prize. Winners must show proper identification when claiming prizes. The prizes may not be substituted or exchanged.

3) The entry information portion of each Duck Race Adoption form must be completely filled out and delivered to the Operator or an authorized representative of the Operator or mailed to the Operator at 750 Main St., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Mailed forms must be delivered by Friday, July 20, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. Entrants assume the risk of non-delivery of any entries to the Operator.

4) Ducks will be launched into the Colorado River at approximately 3:00pm MT on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The Operator will establish the course for the race. Chances of winning depend on the total number of qualified entries. A maximum of 374 ducks will be entered in to the race.

5) A number will be attached to each duck relating to the number on the official duck adoption entry form. Multiple duck entries on one adoption form will be assigned a separate duck number for identification. The person whose name appears on the Entry form that matches a winning duck will be awarded the corresponding prize in order of finish.

6) All ducks entered into the 2018 Colorado Duck Race will be provided by the Operator and will remain the property of the Operator. Once the ducks are launched, they are on their own. No attempt to free or interfere with any ducks is permitted unless deemed necessary by Duck Race Officials.

7) The event is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

8) Any and all federal, state and local taxes and fees on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Appropriate tax forms must be completed in full by the winner prior to receipt of prize. No cash equivalent will be awarded in lieu of designated prizes.
9) By participating, the Entrants release the Operator and its directors, managers, staff, volunteers and other related event partners and sponsors from liability with respect to all prizes.

10) The retail value for the prizes has been determined by the donors and has not been independently appraised by the Operators. All prizes will be awarded and no substitutions will be allowed.

11) The Operator reserves the right, at its sole option, to substitute prizes of comparable value.

12) In case of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances that prevent the launch of the ducks, Duck Race prizes will be presented through a random drawing.

13) Employees and directors of Colorado Riverfest PBC and members of their family living in the same household are not eligible to win prizes.

14) By entering, winners consent to the promotional use of their names and likenesses without additional compensation.

15) All decisions and interpretations of rules, regulations and final determination of winners shall be made by Operator.

16) Entrants need not be present to win. If necessary, winners will be notified by email or telephone within 5 days of the Colorado Duck Race.

17) A list of prize winners may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address in paragraph No. 3.

18) A copy of these rules and regulations may be obtained by sending a written request and self-addressed stamped envelope to the address listed in paragraph No. 3.

19) Duck Adoptions may not be fully deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.

20) The 2018 Colorado Duck Race is a fundraising event to benefit Mesa County Search and Rescue. For more information, please log on to or call 970-812-4466.