Annual Vail Rotary duck race on Sunday, Sept. 4, raises money for Vail Rotary |

Annual Vail Rotary duck race on Sunday, Sept. 4, raises money for Vail Rotary

Ducks for the Colorado Duck Race Challenge are $10 for one, $20 for three, $30 for five, $50 for nine and a platinum fleet of 20 ducks for $100.
Rick Spitzer | Special to the Daily |

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What: Colorado Duck Race Challenge.

When: Sunday, Sept. 4; food and activities begin at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Children’s Race and 3 p.m. duck race.

Where: International Bridge over Gore Creek, Vail Village.

Cost: Ducks are $10 for one, $20 for three, $30 for five, $50 for nine and a platinum fleet of 20 ducks for $100.

More information: Buy ducks in advance at

VAIL — A ribbon of yellow will fill Gore Creek on Sunday, Sept. 4, when 13,000 rubber ducks race to the International Bridge in Vail Village. The first duck to cross the finish line will win $5,000 and a chance to win $1 million.

A day of duck racing begins at 11 a.m. with food and activities for children and families, followed by the Children’s Race at 2 p.m., where kids can enter their unique rubber ducks for the chance to earn some bragging rights and prizes for the top three finishers from sponsor KidSport. The 18th annual Colorado Duck Race Challenge starts at 3 p.m. There will also be prizes for the next 10 ducks that cross the finish line, such as gift certificates to local restaurants and overnight hotel stays.

Ducks can be adopted Sunday at the Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show, online at or from one of Rotary’s nonprofit partners selling ducks throughout the valley: Edwards Rotary Club, Small Champions, Eagle Valley Senior Life and Friends of Dance.

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The annual rubber duck race is the primary fundraiser for the Vail Rotary Club, a service organization that has been active in the Vail Valley since 1970. The funds raised from this event will be used to support local and international projects.

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In recent years, Rotary has focused on programs that support the youth of the Vail Valley, including Raising a Reader, which sends books home with preschool students; The Cycle Effect, which trains middle and high school girls to ride and compete and helps them to pursue higher education; and Food Rescue Express, which sends backpacks filled with nutritious food home with school children on weekends.

Other projects include the annual High School Career Fair, which brings 100 businesses to Battle Mountain High School to meet with Vail Valley students interested in internships and employment; Dictionaries for all Vail Valley third grade students; I Can Read CDs for kindergarten students; scholarships to graduating high school seniors; and The Rotary/Zeke Pierce Memorial Scholarship for an emergency medical tech student at Colorado Mountain College.

Past initiatives of Vail Rotary Club include the first 911 services in the valley, Bright Future Foundation, the Blind Skier program, the first school bus shelters and Vail Valley Cares. Rotary International was established as the world’s first service organization in 1905. There are 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs located in 168 countries. The mission of Rotary is to encourage service through fellowship and to advance international goodwill and peace.

Vail Rotary Club meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Manor Vail, and guests are always welcome. For more information, visit

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