The 30th Great Black Hills Duck Race will be a little different this year

RAPID CITY, S.D. — While this year’s Great Black Hills Duck Race may be moving to land for safety reasons, there is still a lot to look forward to.

Shawn Powers from Regional Health says that even though the race won’t be happening in Rapid Creek, the kids carnival and duck race will all take place at Sioux Park Stadium on Sunday, July 28th. The 16,000 ducks will be dropped at 2 p.m.  “We’re gonna set up an obstacle-style racecourse and we’ve recruited the Hard Rockers football team and their players to help us run the ducks through that obstacle course. And that’s how we’ll get them from start to finish line this year. So we’re still planning on having a really fun, great event and hope everyone will come and join us that day and experience this new kind of duck race this year,” said Powers.

To mark the 30th anniversary, 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. The winner will be named during a special event on Friday, July 26, at the credit union’s downtown branch.

Also to mark the 30th year of the event, 30 prizes are up for grabs for the top finishers. First place is a guaranteed $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of Rapid City McDonald’s, and that winner also has the chance to win a million dollars. “We have within our 16-thousand racing ducks, there’s five ducks that have been designated as million dollar ducks. So if your duck happens to be the first place duck and it’s one of those million dollar ducks, you could be a millionaire,” said Powers.

There are also a number of other great prizes for the day’s winners. If you’re interested in sponsoring a duck, click here.

Ducks will also be available on Duck Race Day, Sunday July 28th, at the McDonald’s located on the West side of Rapid City up until the drop that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shawn Powers/ program manager for children’s miracle network at Regional Health

“We’re gonna set up an obstacle-style racecourse and we’ve recruited the Hard Rockers football team and their players to help us run the ducks through that obstacle course. And that’s how we’ll get them from start to finish line this year. So we’re still planning on having a really fun, great event and hope everyone will come and join us that day and experience this new kind of duck race this year.”

 

 

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