Rotary gears up for Vail duck race |

Rotary gears up for Vail duck race

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoVail Rotary Club's duck race Sunday raises money for Salvation Army's food bank, scholarships for local students and the Children's Medical Voucher Program

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Rotary Club’s final push to sell rubber ducks for Sunday’s Labor Day Weekend duck race has paid off, as thousands of ducks are already scheduled to float down Gore Creek.

Bob Redwine, Vail Rotary’s president, said the club expects to make about two-thirds of what it made last year at the annual race – not bad considering the economy and how hard fundraising has become, he said.

“All in all, we will be pleased with that,” he said.

The rubber ducks, which sell for $5 each, are dropped into the Gore Creek Sunday at the Covered Bridge. The ducks then float quickly down the creek toward the finish line at the International Bridge. The first 20 ducks to finish win prizes for their owners.

The club started a final push to sell ducks in early August, focusing on help from local businesses and smaller donations, rather than larger donations from less people that it typically tries to solicit.

“The appeal has had a fairly good response,” Redwine said. “It pulled us out of a total loss.”

The money raised goes toward the Salvation Army’s food bank, scholarships for local students and the Children’s Medical Voucher Program, which gives local children without health insurance vouchers for medical care.

The Rotary Club is giving more to the Salvation Army this year than in years past because the organization really needs the extra help this year, Redwine said. The club has pledged $5,000 to the local Salvation Army.

The grand prize for the first duck to cross the finish line is $5,000 – half of last year’s grand prize, but still a significant award, Redwine said.

Ducks are still on sale online and on the day of the event. There will be vendors all along Gore Creek selling last-minute ducks to potential racers.

Redwine said he hopes people come out and enjoy the event. There will be a kids’ duck race and plenty of kids’ toys and games along the Gore Creek.

“It’s a great family event,” Redwine said.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

Ducks for the Vail Rotary Club’s annual duck race are available online at until the end of the day Saturday. Ducks are also available the day of the race from vendors all along Gore Creek in Vail. Ducks are $5 each.

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