Duck races kick off today in Breckenridge |

Duck races kick off today in Breckenridge

Summit Daily file photo/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE – Thousands of little yellow ducks – of the rubber variety – will be floating down the Blue River today in the 23rd annual Labor Day weekend duck races.

The Summit Foundation’s charity event is to be bigger than ever as the nonprofit marks 25 years serving the community, according to a press release from the foundation.

The Great Rubber Duck Race will stretch from Maggie Pond at Main Street Station to the Riverwalk Center.

At 3 p.m. “we will drop as many as 12,000 little yellow swimmers,” with prizes awarded to the top 25 ducks to cross the finish line first, according to the press release.

Along the Blue River, the race route will have audio placement so none of the action and announcements will be missed.

Ducks may be “adopted” at the Riverwalk Center today before the race, according to

About 9,000 people attended in the event in 2009, according to the press release.

The start of the Kids Duck Dash will begin at 1 p.m., with the kid’s ducks being dropped off the bridge at Adams. Entry into the kids’ race is $10 per duck. All participants will be able to pick up their duck at the conclusion of the race.

“The kids’ ducks come in all sorts of costumes and characters making this a fun spectacle to view,” according to the press release.

The FirstBank Business Battle Race will start promptly at 2. This limited race has great prizes and the best chance for you and your business to win.

Business battle ducks are $100. A duck is entered into the race under your business name. This limited business grouping of ducks will start their race at the Maggie Pond.

“The best decorated duck contest and the business battle race is expected to be highly competitive again this year,” according to the press release.

The Bubba Gump Skateboard Jam Session will be taking place at noon directly behind the restaurant, 231 S. Main St.

This display of young, enthusiastic riders will show their skills in a mini skate-park setup to help promote the race. Feel free to drop in and join the fun.

The Jam Session, sponsored by Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Big Hit, in its third year, is shaping up to be a must-see tradition at the duck race.

Blue Dragon will be providing children’s amusement with bouncy castles, bungee jumpers, face painting as well as many other fun activities for families to enjoy throughout the day.

Summertime food and beverages will be served all day at the large Harvest tent. Harvest Catering will be donating 100 percent of all food and beverage proceeds on the day.

Over 100 volunteers, board members and Summit Foundation staff will again make this year’s event a success.

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