Rapid Creek poses risk during Black Hills Duck Race

Regional Health is gearing up for the 29th Annual Great Black Hills Duck Race this weekend.

The fundraiser which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network will feature around 16,000 rubber ducks. With the large amounts of recent rain, organizers are urging people to be careful around Rapid Creek, because the water is running faster than normal. 

According to the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department, Rapid Creek is running about 200 cubic feet per second. At this point in a normal year, it runs about 50 cubic feet per second. 

According to Regional Health Children’s Miracle Network Coordinator Shawn Powers, people should exercise caution when standing near the creek’s banks.

"It’s caused softer conditions around those banks, so use caution, stay away from the banks," said Powers. "You can see a lot of the fun part of the race staying back on the walking path."

The race starts on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the West Main Street bridge next to McDonalds, and ends at Memorial Park.

People can purchase a duck on race day or by visiting Regional Health’s website.

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