Annual duck race to be held on dry ground due to Rapid Creek’s high waters
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The 30th annual Great Black Hills Duck Race will be held on dry ground this year due to Rapid Creek’s heavy flowing waters.
Each year the race raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Normally participants drop rubber ducks, each of which is sponsored by a donor, into Rapid Creek and the first ducks to cross the finish line win prizes for their sponsors.
However, this year the race will be held at Sioux Park Stadium near Canyon Lake Drive instead of the creek.
“With all of the rain we’ve had, the creek is just too dangerous for spectators and volunteers,” said Shawn Powers, Children’s Miracle Network program manager for the Regional Health Foundation. “We want to have a fun – and safe – event. That’s the most important thing.”
Powers says the details are still being worked out, but the event will likely be similar to the 2015 duck race, which also had to be moved to dry ground due to the creek’s water flow. That year, organizers dumped 16,000 ducks onto the ground, and members of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrocker football team randomly picked up ducks and ran with them through an obstacle course.
This year, volunteers from Black Hills Federal Credit Union have turned the 30 different Duck Race T-shirt designs into a large quilt that will be raffled off in celebration of the event’s 30th year. The winner will be named during a ceremony on Friday, July 26, at the credit union’s downtown branch.
Additionally, thirty prizes will be given away, including a top prize of $5,000 in cash, courtesy of the Rapid City McDonalds. The top duck has a chance at winning a $1 million prize sponsored by Med5 Federal Credit Union.
Supporters can sponsor a duck for $5, or choose one of the packages that include several ducks as well as T-Shirts and special gifts. You can sponsor a duck at any of the participating stores or visit the Regional Health Foundation website for details.
The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. The official Drop of the Flock is at 2 p.m.