See more fantastic pictures of the race taken by Mairead Bushe here.
Yesterday 250,000 blue rubber ducks were released into the Thames River to race for UK charities including WaterAid, The Down’s Syndrome Association and NSPCC. A new World Record was set for the most rubber ducks raced together beating last year’s record of 165,000-also set on the Thames River.
The blue racing ducks were a striking color change from the traditional yellow ducks that are normally raced. The blue ducks were certainly attention-grabbing, but that was not the sole reason the blue colored ducks were chosen for the race. Apparently people were throwing their own uinofficial yellow ducks into the race last year!
The ducks were 2 pounds each, with the owner of the winning duck getting 10,000 pounds. Last year over 100,000 pounds were raised for charities. I can only imagine how many ducks will be raced next year, and what color rubber ducks will race down the Thames River.