DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - 30,000 rubber ducks went off to the races for charity earlier Saturday. Dropped from the highest point of the I-526 Mark Clark Bridge over the Wando River as a part of Charleston's fifth annual Duck Race.
After the ducks were dropped, they floated along the Wando River racing toward the finish line a half a mile away.
The first 30 ducks that crossed the finish line shared prize packages totaling $30,000 in value. There was also an outside chance that a sponsor could win $1,000,000, but no one was quite that fortunate this year.
The prizes were awarded to duck adopters. Individuals and businesses adopted ducks at the suggested donation price of $10 apiece.
The Charleston Duck Race has raised over $500,000 over the past five years. This year's event was expected to raise over $100,000. The money raised will go toward charities and programs focusing on hunger, housing, children, wellness and literacy.
This year's race was presented by the Rotary Clubs of Daniel Island, East Cooper, North Charleston and Summerville.
The race was accompanied by some family fun at Children's Park on Daniel Island. The festivities included jumps castles, face painting and a balloon artist.