IFoundADuck 2004 entry:

Before you enter the 2002 race, please read the terms and conditions. There is nothing legally heavy or scary in there, it's just to cover us and make sure we all know where we stand.

STEP ONE:

You will need:

  • At least 50 plastic ducks, there is no maximum. Not sure where to get ducks? PLASTICDUCKS.COM of course! We make no money from any of the wholesalers listed, but please give us a mention if you buy from any of them.
  • Some helpers. The main race co-ordinator must be at least 18.
  • a website to show the progress of your duckrace.

Once you have purchased your ducks and know the exact number of ducks you will be using, send us an e-mail and let us know:

  • The name of your race.
  • The number of ducks to be let loose.
  • The area(s) where the ducks will be set free.
  • The name of the race co-ordinator so we know who to contact.

 

STEP TWO:

We will send you an e-mail back allocating you the next set of available numbers (this is why you must tell us the exact number of ducks in the first e-mail). You will need to label your ducks with two things:

  • The web address: www.ifoundaduck.com
  • The duck's own unique ID number (The numbers we e-mail you back with - one for each duck).
  • A security ID feature (we'll come back to that).

You can label your ducks however you wish, use tie-on tags, waterproof stickers etc... The most important thing is that it must survive the weather. We used those clicky Dymo tags...


SECURITY ID FEATURE
When you start receiving e-mails from people who claim to have found one of your ducks you need to make sure that they are genuine. You need some way of checking that they can identify your duck to show that they actually have it there in front of them. This could be a unique duck name on the sticker or a randomly generated serial number like 637483930 or something. We used a combination of colours- we used a number of different colours for the neck band (which had the web address on it) and the underside sticker (which had the number on it). We kept a big list that showed all the ducks colour combinations like this:

DUCK: NECK TAG : UNDERSIDE STICKER :
DUCK 001 GOLD SILVER
DUCK 002 BLUE WHITE
DUCK 003 GREEN WHITE
DUCK 004 ORANGE RED
DUCK 005 WHITE GOLD
DUCK 006 BLUE GREEN
DUCK 007 PURPLE SILVER
DUCK 008 GOLD BLUE
DUCK 009 RED WHITE
DUCK 010 SILVER RED

This information should not appear anywhere on your website and you should ask all people who find a duck to state the security feature to prove the find.

 

STEP THREE:

Now you need to set up your website. You will need a basic front page with a menu. You might start off simple with something like:

  • About IFoundADuck
  • News
  • Report a Duck find
  • Check a Duck

You will also need to add a link to the main IFoundADuck website. We'll provide some graphics soon for this soon and we'll also make available all the graphics from the main site so you can use those.

You will need an area where people can report Duck finds. This can be a feedback form if you know web programming or just a simple e-mail link. Make sure you include instructions asking for all the information you want to list on the website. Where it was found, when it was found etc... Look at our site if you want ideas, you don't have to work out speeds etc. - it can be tricky and time consuming.

CHARITIES AND ADVERTISING
If you wish to use your Duckrace to raise money for charity then feel free to do so. If you wish to use your website to promote anything then you may place a discrete link on your site though we will remove links to any sites that contain any adult material or anything we feel is not appropriate.

 

STEP FOUR:

Once your website is ready, it's time to race! Let us know the date and the details and we'll add your race to the main page on the IFoundADuck website. When people find one of your ducks they will come to the main site and then look down the list of races until they find the race with their number in it. then they will click the link and be taken off to your site to report the find.

Leave your Ducks around your race area. Space them out so that people don't pick up too many together so as many people can take part as possible. Parks and public squares are good places. You may need to get permission for some places so do check. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Be safe! Don't leave Ducks near roads or in places where people could have accidents in retreiving them.

Make sure you take some photos of the launch day and e-mail them to us as we'd love to see them. Also. tell your local paper / radio station / TV station - this could be your 15 minutes!

That's it, enjoy your race! - You can give out prizes if you like. How long you keep your race going is up to you...

We've tried to make it as simple as possible, there aren't a lot of strict rules and we just want peopel to join in and have fun. If you are still unsure of anything then just send an e-mail to ifoundaduck@ifoundaduck.com - we will try and give advice where we can, but our time is limited so please bear with us if you are waiting for any reply.

The IFoundADuck Crew.

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