SIDNEY – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming annual fundraising event, 2016 Rubber Duck Race. The event will be held June 23. The duck launch will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park in Sidney.
In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the 10th annual Duck N’ Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk will be the same evening, with race time at 8:15 p.m. through Tawawa Park. Registration will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments and an awards presentation will be waiting at the finish line.
Runners can pre-register for the event for $25, which includes T-shirt and rubber duck adoption; $20 allows a runner to participate and receive a T-shirt; or $12 will cover the cost of the race only. Race day registration is $15 and does not include a T-shirt. Duck adoptions and T-shirts will also be sold separately on race day.
New this year, the first 200 indviduals who register before June 10 will get an Adidas water bottle and entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon card, and in celebration of the 10th Annual Duck N’ Run, every 10th runner across the finish line will receive a gift from Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The public is invited to come out at 7:30 p.m. for the Rubber Duck Race to cheer on their adopted rubber duck and compete for prizes.
Last year nearly 3,000 rubber ducks made their way down Mosquito Creek to compete for the many prizes. This year’s grand prize will be a $1,000 shopping spree (some restrictions apply). Other prizes include two three-day passes to the Country Concert at Hickory Hills, Dayton Dragons tickets, restaurant gift certificates and more.
The Daffy Duck Derby benefits children in Shelby and Darke County. By adopting a rubber duck for $5 or a Daffy Dozen (six ducks) for $25, participants not only have a chance to win prizes, but they will have made a difference by providing financial support to a Big and Little and the BBBS mentoring programs. Duck adoptions will be available at the BBBS office, Meyers Garage and Drive Thru in Newport, and the Early Bird in Greenville.
To register for the 5k or adopt a duck, call the local BBBS office at 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622, or visit www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org/duck-n-run—duck-derby to buy or register online, or download a registration form and mail it in.