The Summit Foundation Great Rubber Duck Races celebrated its 24th anniversary |

The Summit Foundation Great Rubber Duck Races celebrated its 24th anniversary

On Saturday, Sept. 3, nearly 8,000 rubber ducks turned the Blue River yellow for a day. The 24th annual Great Rubber Duck Race brought out the inner-child in adults and excited kids as hundreds lined the riverside to cheer on their ducks.

The Pinnacle Mountain Homes Kids Duck Dash was the first race and welcomed kids 12 years of age and under. With a soldout race, 500 ducks were launched in the Blue River approximately 100 yards from the finish line. Age appropriate prizes donated by Peak-A-Boo-Toys, Vail Resorts Echo, and Loveland Ski Area, were awarded to the top 25 ducks. The grand prize of a child’s ski school lesson and one day lift ticket, compliments of Vail Resorts Echo was awarded to Kristy Henry.

Following the Kids Duck Dash was the FIRSTBANK Business Battle Duck Race. This year, 150 business battle ducks streamed down the river and Blue River Bistro’s duck won the grand prize of $1,000 in advertising from Krystal 93. In addition to the top six fastest ducks winning prizes, businesses also participated in a duck decoration contest for additional prizes. Businesses competed in Best Decorated duck, judged by our hand-picked duck expert panel, and new this year the People’s Choice Award. The expert panel awarded the Best Decorated duck to FirstBank’s Avatar duck. The People’s Choice Award duck was awarded to Briar Rose for its Roast Duck.

At 3 p.m., the most anticipated race of the three, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Great Rubber Duck Race began. Excitement grew as participants watched the ducks float down the Blue River and hoped of securing one of 70 prizes. Lyn and Dennis Krueger were the grand prize recipients winning a one-week stay in two-bedroom suite with Interval International. In order to make the Great Rubber Duck Race a success, The Summit Foundation relied heavily on volunteers. From early August through the day after the great race, The Foundation utilized the assistance of over 200 volunteers! The race would not be successful without the generous support from all these people.

This year, The Summit Foundation started a group duck sales challenge to get organizations and businesses involved in duck sales throughout August. The winners of this year’s challenge were the staff at Grand Lodge on Peak 7. This dedicated group of volunteers illustrated the philanthropic spirit Breckenridge Grand Vacations owners seek to foster. Grand Lodge on Peak 7’s staff helped The Summit Foundation raise over $1,500 in duck sales, all before race day! In appreciation for their efforts, 10 members of Grand Lodge’s team will be enjoying a free day of skiing at Copper Mountain Resort this winter. Copper Mountain is graciously providing lunch for all these volunteers and Fresh Tracks Transportation will be providing their ride to and from the mountain.

Just behind Grand Lodge on Peak 7’s employees in the group challenge were our local firefighters from Red, White, and Blue Fire Protection District. Not only did their crews help raise nearly $900 in duck sales for The Foundation, but Red, White, and Blue also assisted The Foundation on the day of the duck race. RWB Truck 4 helped kick off the FirstBank Business Battle Duck Race and the Great Rubber Duck Race while RWB Medic 6 kept a watchful eye over the hundreds of young spectators along the Blue River.

These two groups are only a portion of all the volunteers and sponsors who help make The Summit Foundation’s duck races possible. The Foundation would like to extend great thanks to all who sponsored, volunteered, and participated in this year’s races. Your support and effort help The Summit Foundation distribute over $1 million a year in grants and scholarships throughout Summit, Lake, Park, and Grand Counties! Thanks for helping us make our community a better place to live and to visit.

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