Black Hills Duck Race raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network
RAPID CITY, SD — For 30 years, a Rapid City tradition has had a huge impact on local families.
The Great Black Hills Duck Race has raised millions of dollars supporting the Children’s Miracle Network.
This year’s race was a little different, but that didn’t stop community members from showing up in full force.
The race is marked with the iconic duping of the ducks, along with food and prizes.
But for some, the day has another meaning which hits home.
The Children’s Miracle Network helps children like Cyler Reynolds, who has Iron Deficiency Anemia, and his family with equipment, treatment and expensive travel costs. He’s been receiving medical treatment since he was just a year old.
“They’ve been here since day one and its just been amazing that they’ve been here for us and our family,” said Makayla Morrison, “We couldn’t do it without them or their support.”
On average the race raises $100,000 every year, and all of that money stays in the Black Hills.
“For our Children’s Miracle Network program, its the largest fundraiser we do every year,” said Program Coordinator Shawn Powers, “So its funds that are impacting kids each and every day that come here for care.”
This year’s race was a little different.
Flowing water in Rapid Creek forced organizers to move the race to land because of safety concerns. The School of Mines’ football team picked ducks at random and ran them through an obstacle course; dodging, ducking and diving through ducks.
After 30 years, whether its on land or water, the community behind the ducks impact continues to make a difference in lives of local kids.