Annual duck race Saturday |

Annual duck race Saturday

Summit Daily file photo/Brad Odekirk Spectators packed the Riverwalk area in Breckenridge Aug. 30, 2003, to watch the annual parade of ducks down the Blue River.

BRECKENRIDGE – The Blue River is about to get ducky.The Summit Foundation will launch 10,000 yellow rubber ducks into the Maggie Pond and on down the river Saturday afternoon in its 17th annual Rubber Duck Race. The event is one of the foundation’s largest fundraisers.

“It’s like a major Olympic event,” said Asa Armstrong, Summit Foundation events organizer. “We have 6,000 people lining the banks of the Blue River cheering on the ducks, thinking they might speed up if they get enough encouragement.”Armstrong hopes the event will raise about $60,000 for the Summit Foundation, which funds human services, the arts, education and athletics in Summit County and neighboring communities. Since its founding, the organization has granted $6.3 million to 197 area nonprofit organizations.Members of the community can adopt ducks at $5 apiece prior to the event at locations throughout Summit County or at the Riverwalk Center and Blue River Plaza on Saturday.

The speediest rubber ducks in the river will win dozens of prizes for their adopted parents, including a trip for 12 to a suite at a 2005 Colorado Rockies game, a Chevy Trailblazer, a five-day trip to Orlando, season ski passes, rafting trips, fine jewelry and gift certificates to some of Summit County’s best restaurants.In addition to the duck race, the event will feature live entertainment and a barbecue. Kids will be able to play on an inflatable slide, obstacle course and jumping castle.

The 1stBank Rubber Duck Business Battle begins at 3 p.m., and the people’s race begins at 4 p.m.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or

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