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Summit Foundation Annual Rubber Duck Races

The 30th Annual Breckenridge Duck Race was a Huge Success!

A longstanding Summit County tradition, the Great Rubber Duck Race has supported the Summit County community for three decades. The 2017 event was held on Saturday, September 2nd on the Blue River in Breckenridge. Free family activities started at 10:00 am at the Blue River Plaza in Breckenridge including bounce houses, human hamster balls, toddler zone and a community mural.

Sponsored by Breckenridge Grand Vacations/BGV Gives, the 30th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race raised more than $150,000 to benefit The Summit Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. 885 ducks were adopted in the Hudson Auto Source Kids Duck Dash and a record 416 ducks battled in the Kaiser Permanente Business Battle Duck Race. Over 11,085 ducks swam the Blue River in the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race. With nearly 200 prizes donated by local businesses, The Summit Foundation is grateful for the generosity of our community.

In addition to the title sponsorship, employees at Breckenridge Grand Vacations have generously devoted time volunteering to sell ducks prior to the races. This year, 34 staff members donated 68 volunteer hours for the event.

Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, and duck adopters!

About the Duck Races

BGV Gives is proud to be a sponsor of the Summit Foundation’s Annual Rubber Duck Races. The races take place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The Great Rubber Duck Race features over 10,000 adopted ducks vying to be number one as they race down the Blue River in the heart of Breckenridge.

In addition to the Great Rubber Duck Race there is also the Kid’s Duck Dash in which skier ducks, pink ducks and ducks in inner tubes are dropped into the Blue River from the Adams Street Bridge, finishing at the Riverwalk Center. The kids get to keep their ducks at the end of the race, but also the owners of the first 25 ducks win prizes! There is also the Business Battle Duck Race where businesses compete to decorate a large duck which are judged by a panel of “duck experts.”

Proceeds from rubber duck adoptions support scholarships and grants to critical community nonprofits in Summit County and beyond. For more information on the Summit Foundation’s Annual Rubber Duck Races visit www.summitfoundation.org.