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Rubber ducks ready to run Gore Creek

Randy Wyrick

And even though you don’t want anyone to know it, in your heart of hearts you believe the lyrics to “Rubber Ducky” are more important to the greater good than any political position paper ever written and most mystic religions.

Sunday is your day.

That’s the day 15,000 yellow rubber ducks will plunge down Vail’s Gore Creek as part of the annual Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club’s rubber duck fund-raiser. At stake is glory, honor, and, of course, lots of loot for the winning ducks’ sponsors.

“Rubber duck racing is the perfect remedy for a despondent nation facing the prospect of a baseball strike,” says Bob Brown of the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club, and one of the event organizers. “The money you spend on ducks, and everything else, will help fund local scholarships. We suggest any money you were even thinking of spending on major league baseball would be better invested in rubber ducks. Besides, the inanimate ducks will be more appreciative than baseball players ever were.”

You can adopt ducks for $5 each. They’re assigned to you through a lottery, eliminating the possibility of performance enhancing substances finding their way into the competition – as was accused following last year’s race. That hat-sporting super-duck, about four times the size of its competitors, was gently disqualified by race officials even though it finished in a woeful 5,000th place.

“They said the blood-doping in the duck-racing industry has to stop,” says Greg Hurd of Avon, handler of the disgraced duck. “I thought he deserved a chance and he tried hard, though he maybe did a few illegal things.”

Last year’s champ belonged to Eileen Duke of Gypsum, who won a $10,000 savings bond for sponsoring the victorious duck. It cost her $5, a better return on investment than even Enron’s Kenneth Lay enjoyed.

Prizes for this year’s race include trips to Lake Tahoe and Jackson Hole, ski passes for Vail and Beaver Creek, gourmet meals and lots of other payola.

The race is the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club’s primary fund-raiser. Vail Resorts and Vail Resorts Development Company are the title sponsors of this year’s event. The proceeds benefit the club’s generous valley causes, including the scholarship fund, health programs for the needy, youth sports, and local environmental causes.

Ducks are available right now. Many local nonprofit organizations will be selling ducks, as will the Vail Daily and the Bookworm in Edwards.

Ducks, ducks, ducks….

What: 9th annual Rubber Duck Race

When: Activities start at noon, race starts at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1

Where: Gore Creek in Vail Village

Information: Ducks are $5 each. Call Cindy Callicrate 328-1590, Bob Brown 328-6333, or Greg Finch 845-7838. Ducks are also available at several area retailers.

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