Duck Waddle 5K

This spring time foot race kick-starts the Estes Park Rotary Club’s DUCK RACE FESTIVAL!  

Choose charity for Estes Park Running Club on Adoption Form!

The DUCK WADDLE 5K race begins at east side of Bond Park at Elkhorn Avenue.  Each runner and walker will follow the scenic Fall River path and return along Wonder View to downtown finish line. The DUCK WADDLE 5K foot race welcomes all abilities and those wanting to have a ton of fun at the festival!  Following the race, a pancake breakfast ($5.), food truck delicious lunches, beer vendor, live music and festivities are held at Bond Park.

At 1:00pm is the rubber  DUCK RACE, starting at Nicky’s Restaurant on Fall River and finishing at Riverside Plaza.

Run with us and you will automatically adopt a rubber Duck to float down the Fall River. The DUCK RACE  is a major fundraiser for 64 charities in Estes Park.  With each Duck adoption, $19 will go towards a local charity of your choice.  The Estes Park Running Club is one of those charity groups, #38 on the adoption form. Selecting the Estes Park Running Club will allow our group to receive funding and ability to disperse to local youth programs in Estes Park.   You don’t have to RUN, to purchase a DUCK racer, use link below. 


An adoption form will be part of the DUCK WADDLE 5K race packet, where you can select #__. Purchasing more than one Duck ($20. each), increases your chances of winning a fabulous vacation and supporting a local charity!

All abilities are welcome-Runners, Walkers, Strollers and group friendly pets! 

Join the fun and help make a difference for many charities in Estes Park, Colorado!


Date: May 4, 2019
Start time: 9:00AM
2019 On-Line Registration: Opens February 1, 2019
Race Day Registration: May 4th, 8:00AM, Estes Valley Library entrance
Start line: Elkhorn Ave & MacGregor Ave intersection
Finish line: Park Lane
Entry Costs: Includes receiving one DUCK RACE TICKET, short sleeve tech shirt & additional beverage coupon. 

  • Adults: $25.00 (receive one Duck adoption)  
  • Youth (14 & under): $23.00
  • Seniors (60 & up): $23.00 (receive one Duck adoption)
  • Add $5.00 to entry cost from May 1st to race day registration.  Register early!
  • Pre-Race Day Packet Pick-Up: Race packets will be available to pick up from MedX of Estes, 158 First Street, Estes Park.  May 2nd- May 3rd, Thursday & Friday, noon – 5:30PM.

(2018 Event) If your adopted rubber DUCK wins, you will be eligible to win:

2018 Grand Prize: Redeemable Cash $6000. OR Costa Rica-8 night Tour (beaches, rainforest, volcano) OR Mexico/Riviera Maya– 7 nights, all- inclusive, includes airfare.

2018 Second Place:Redeemable cash $3000. OR Rail Trip– 5 day to Seattle & Vancouver, OR San Diego– 3 nights, includes airfare.

2018 Third Place: Redeemable cash $2000. OR Santa Fe– 3 nights Historic Hotel, airfare included OR Las Vegas– 3 nights with airfare included.

Additional Duck Race Adoption forms available at packet pick-up, race day registration or on-line.  We encourage participants to adopt (purchase for $20.) an additional DUCK to increase their opportunity to win generous prizes!   Please choose Estes Park Running Club #38 for your charity of choice!


Award category:1st and 2nd place male and female overall; then 1st and 2nd place, male and female, in the following categories.  13 & under, 14 – 16, 17 – 19, 20- 29, 30 – 39, 40- 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 – 79, 80 & older


Total distance: 3.22 mi
Max elevation: 7717 ft
Min elevation: 7523 ft
Total climbing: 223 ft