Annual Great Rubber Duck Races



The Summit Foundation 28th Annual Great Rubber Duck Races 

presented by Breckenridge Grand Vacations
Saturday September 5, 2015

Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

Join The Summit Foundation and thousands of spectators on Saturday, September 5th near the Blue River in Breckenridge to enjoy the 28th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race sponsored by Breckenridge Grand Vacations.

The Hudson Auto Source Kids Duck Dash will kick-off the three duck races at 1 p.m., as 750 ducks are dropped by Red, White, and Blue Fire from the Adams Street Bridge into the Blue River.  More than 40 prizes for the kids race are being donated by Peak-A-Boo Toys and Vail Resorts Epic Promise, among others.

The second of the three races begins at 2 p.m. from Main Street Station.  FirstBank of Summit County is sponsoring this Business Battle Duck Race, where little yellow swimmers purchased by local organizations and businesses, will compete for a private cat-ski trip, as well as additional group-oriented prizes.  Be sure to check out the decorated Business Battle Ducks on display around the Riverwalk Center and at FirstBank of Breckenridge the week prior to the races.  You will be amazed at the creativity!

And finally at 3 p.m., the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race will send nearly 10,000 little quackers from Main Street Station streaming for the finish line at the Riverwalk Center. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to a minimum of the top 50 ducks, including a week-long vacation at a destination chosen by the winner.

Ducks may be adopted online at or at various locations around Summit County beginning the first week of August. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded ….even a prize for the slowest duck.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, board members, staff, and of course all of our duck participants. Thank you to our River Spot Sponsors Climax Molybdenum, PeakOne Surgery Center, Vail Resorts Epic Promise, and Vail-Summit Orthopaedics.

Help us make this a race to remember by signing up to sponsor, volunteer or donate a prize. Call 970.453.5970 or email Elisabeth at [email protected]


The 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race Sets All Kinds of Records

On Saturday, August 30th, more than 9,100 rubber ducks raced down a roaring Blue River for The Summit Foundation’s 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race.  This long standing community event raised a record setting $119,000 for The Summit Foundation.

The Hudson Auto Source Kids Duck Dash started the day’s races with 796 ducks raining down into the Blue River with the help of Red, White, & Blue Fire Department and their impressive ladder truck. Age-appropriate prizes donated by Peak-A-Boo-Toys, Vail Resorts Echo, and Frisco Adventure Park were awarded to the top 56 ducks.  Tom Macleish won the grand prize of a week vacation, which was donated by Interval International.

A record setting 244 ducks participated in the FirstBank Business Battle Duck Race.  Frisco business Stork & Bear had the swiftest duck, and their staff and clients will enjoy a backcountry ski trip for 12 at Ski Cooper, donated by FirstBank. Over 60 businesses also participated in a duck decorating contest in which the ducks were displayed at FirstBank Breckenridge for the week leading up to the race.  The creative duck “Horton Hears a Quack”, decorated by the Owner Relations Department of Breckenridge Grand Vacations won the first place prize, a glass fusing party at Ready, Paint, Fire in Breckenridge.

At 3 p.m., the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race began. Excitement grew as participants watched 9,131 ducks swiftly race down the Blue River in hopes of securing one of 84 prizes.  New this year, the first three ducks crossing the finish line were all grand prize winners. Penny Banks, Michael Nowotny and Joe Natale had the swiftest ducks, winning a one-week stay in a two-bedroom suite with Interval International.  The front-running ducks entered the Hyder Construction finish line in 21 minutes.

In addition to the duck races, spectators found themselves choosing from additional activities that complemented the day’s events, including kids’ amusements from AirBound and Tumble Bubbles, delicious treats from Higgles Ice Cream of Silverthorne, face painting from Faces by Heather, performances by Shrek characters from the Backstage Theatre, and a finish line barbecue hosted by Bonnie Q BBQ and Blue at the Riverwalk.  Throughout all three races this year’s emcee Michael Klepper of Krystal 93 kept the crowd up-to-date on race results and ongoing events and activities.

The Summit Foundation is indebted to the 2014 sponsors and major prize donors: Breckenridge Grand Vacations, FirstBank of Summit County, Hudson Auto Source, Town of Breckenridge, Peak-A-Boo Toys, Climax Molybdenum Company, PeakOne Surgery Center, Vail Resorts Echo, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, Whole Foods, Unity Snowboards, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Hyder Construction, Copper Mountain Resort, Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center and Ready, Paint, Fire.  The Summit Foundation is also grateful for the 200 volunteers who helped sell ducks throughout August and the weekend of the race.

9,131 ducks were entered into the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Great Rubber Duck Race.
Visit here for the Great Rubber Duck Race Winners

244 ducks were entered into the First Bank Business Battle Duck Race.
Visit here for the Business Battle Duck Race Winners

796 ducks were entered into the Hudson Auto Source Kids Duck Dash.
Visit here for the Kids Duck Dash Winners

Click here for a video from the 2012 Duck Races kindly created by Peak One Neighborhood and the Wellington Neighborhood.

Thank you again to our 2014 and 2015 sponsors:





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