Racing on the River

You may not be able to feed the ducks along the Riverwalk, but recently, you could race them.

To celebrate 35 years of the Riverwalk, more than 14,000 rubber ducks made their way down the river for the Duck Race.

“We brought the duck race back because we thought it would be a fun way to teach younger generations what the Riverwalk is all about,” said Member of the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation, Stephanie Penick.

The Riverwalk was built in 1981, turning what was once a waste area into our city’s crown jewel.

“We live just a couple blocks away so it was fun to come down here and watch the race and in just 15 minutes it’s over, we’re so glad we came it was a lot of fun,” said second place winner, Sherry Fust.

Members of The Riverwalk Foundation also used the race to instill their message of not feeding the ducks across to the kids that came out to cheer them on.

“There are so many diseases that ducks, and herons and any type of water falcon can get from eating human food. So its really important not to feed them at all because there is plenty of food in nature for them to get,” Penick said.

Winners of the race were first place, Paula Crow who will receive $1,981 – to recognize the year the Riverwalk opened – second place, sherry Fust with $500 and third, Tami Kidd-Brown, $250.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.

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