Duck Waddle 5K


Race Date: May 4, 2024
Start time: 9:00AM
2024 On-Line Registration 
Race Day Registration: May 4th, Saturday, 8:00AM, northeast side of Estes Park Parking Structure.
2024 Start line: Lake Estes Trail, East of the Parking Structure, running counter-clockwise around Lake Estes.
Finish line: Lake Estes Trail, west of the Lake Front Parking area, north side of Lake Estes.
Entry Includes: Receive one DUCK RACE TICKET (value of $25), short sleeve tech shirt with “ Duck” (additional $10.) & one Free 12 oz Beer at our “Co-Host” local breweries.

Price Entry:

  • Adults: $40.00 (receive one Duck adoption)
  • Youth (14 & under): $30.00
  • Seniors (60 & up): $30.00 (receive one Duck adoption)
  • Strollers and friendly dogs, enter for Free!
  • Late Registration: Add $5.00 to entry cost from April 25th to race day registration. Register early!
  • Receive a “Race’n on the River Duck” race shirt for an additional $15. if participating in the Duck Waddle 5K or $25. for general purchase (no foot racing).

Pre-Race Day Packet Pick-Up: Race packets only available on RACE DAY morning, 7:30AM -8:45AM at NE Parking Structure.

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

Route map for Duck Waddle 5K, Estes Park, Colorado by Belle Morris on


2023 Race Results  



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

If your adopted rubber DUCK wins, you will be eligible to win:

2024 Grand Prize: Redeemable Cash $10,000.

2024 Second Prize: Redeemable Cash $6000.

2024 Third Prize: Redeemable Cash $4000.

2024  Fourth & Fifth Prizes:  Trip Prizes to National Parks with lodging and expenses included!

  • One vacation stay for two in an Explorer cabin at NOVA Guides at Camp Hale near Vail, Colorado including a 2-hour ATV outing or tour.
  • 3 night stay at Old Faithful Cabin at Yellowstone National Park
  • 3 night stay at Yosemite National Park

LOTS of additional prizes given to Duck Race top finishers, too! 

ADDITIONAL ADOPTION FORMS HERE!  We encourage participants to adopt (purchase for $25.) an additional DUCK to increase their opportunity to win generous prizes!


Please choose Estes Park Running Club for your charity of choice on your Duck Registration Form !

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

The DUCK WADDLE 5K race begins at east side of Estes Park Parking Structure. Each runner and walker will follow the scenic Lake Estes Trail counterclockwise to the finish line (west of the Lake Front Parking area on north side of Lake Estes). The DUCK WADDLE 5K foot race welcomes all abilities and those wanting to have a ton of fun at the festival! Strollers and friendly pets welcomed!

At 1:00pm is the start of the rubber DUCK RACE AT WAPITI RESTAURANT (formerly Nicky’s Restaurant), FALL RIVER

Run with us and you will automatically adopt a rubber Duck to float down the beautiful Fall River. The DUCK RACE is a major fundraiser for charities in Estes Park. With each Duck adoption, $23 will go towards a local charity of your choice. The Estes Park Running Club is one of those charity groups 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.

The mission of the Estes Park Running Club is to provide education, advocacy & running events that encourage healthy lifestyles that benefit youth, family and community.

Our Vision: Experiencing physical activity with a group encourages motivation, emotional wellbeing, accountability, fun and friendships. By providing athletic events we hope to inspire youth, families and individuals to enjoy building a community. We advocate for safe and connected multi-modal transportation that encourages mobility for all users.

Our Purpose: The Estes Park Running Club organizes run races for all abilities to participate in while fundraising for local youth programs. Weekly organized fun runs are provided to encourage community and running fellowship. We advocate for safe and connected multi- modal transportation that encourages mobility for all users.

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


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