It’s back! The Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival is on May 1, 2021. The event will be completely remote this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch online, and still win great prizes.
The Duck Race is a chance for you to support local organizations and win prizes! You can adopt ducks for $22 and $19 of that will go toward your organization of choice, plus you could win a national park getaway, cash up to $5,000, and so much more!
Adopt your ducks today, choose
==Big T Watershed Coalition =goes directly toward their work of “being a leader in post-fire recovery” in the Big Thompson Canyon.
==Crossroads Ministry of EP = food bank and emergency home help
==EV Library Friends & Foundation = support the library
==EP Salud Foundation = health care for low income persons
==Pinewood Springs Fire Dist. (last year they made over $2,000)
Here is the full list: https://www.epduckrace.org/charities-organizations/
Help the 65 Estes Valley groups and charities that are participating in this year’s Duck Race. All duck adoptions will take place online, at https://www.epduckrace.org/adopt-ducks/. The cost is $20 per duck adoption, plus a $2 handling fee per duck. A special Quack Pack is available for $110, with five ducks benefitting one Participating Organization, and a bonus free duck in the race. Duck adopters may choose from among 65 Participating Organizations. The full list is available at https://www.epduckrace.org/charities-organizations/.
The theme for 2021 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race is “Honoring Our First Responders.” Mascot Lucky Duck has donned firefighting gear, and race art features elements familiar to all who followed the progress of the wildfires that threatened Estes Valley towns last fall. The first responders are being recognized for safeguarding residents from the rapid advance of the two largest wildfires in Colorado history, helping with mandatory evacuations, tirelessly working countless hours to establish and maintain fire lines, and making sure residents had timely status updates.
====EVENT SCHEDULE/ HOW TO SEE IT:
This year the Rotary Duck Race begins with a live-streamed “Pre-Flight Show” at noon Saturday, May 1, with celebrity guests and performers, including a performance of “Duck Lake” by Ballet Renaissance’s young ballerinas, and Cowboy Brad Fitch crooning some of his most memorable songs. Adoption sales will end at 1 p.m., and the duck drop and the race itself with thousands of little yellow rubber ducks swimming the Lazy River will start around 1:10 p.m.
The event will be live-streamed and available for viewing on YouTube, Facebook and TDS Channel 8/108 – The Rocky Mountain Channel. No in-person attendance will be permitted. A Duck Waddle 5K sponsored by the Estes Park Running Club will kick off Duck Race morning; details and registration are available on https://estesparkrunning.org/our-races/duck-waddle-5k/. The full day’s schedule is available at https://www.epduckrace.org/schedule/
===Top prizes for 2021 are===
• $5,000 cash
• $2,500 cash
• $1,000 cash
• Three-night stay for two in a suite at The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River, Whitefish, Montana, located near Glacier National Park. The package includes access to all amenities: continental breakfast, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, bicycles and a guided trip to Glacier National Park.
• Three-night stay for two in a one-bedroom, one-bath Old Faithful cabin at West Yellowstone, Montana. The package includes an all-day guided snow coach tour to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park; park fees and box lunches; dinner at the Branch Restaurant; and tickets to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and IMAX Theater in West Yellowstone.
The vacation packages, donated by Delaware North Parks and Resorts, will be redeemable through Sept. 30, 2022. Reservations are subject to availability and must be arranged through Delaware North.
As the first five ducks arrive, prize winners will be announced and posted. All remaining prize winners will be posted on the Duck Race website, https://www.epduckrace.org/, by 5 p.m. on May 1. The 2021 goal is to raise $135,000 or more in duck adoptions. Adoptions benefit the Participating Organizations that sell them. For each $20 adoption sold, $19 goes to the Participating Organization selected by whoever is adopting the duck(s). In the past 30 years, the Estes Park Duck Race has returned more than $2.7 million to Estes Valley charitable and nonprofit organizations. These charities need everyone to adopt ducks more than ever this year!
Questions? Email DuckCentral@EPDuckRace.org or call 970-235-1721.