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The 28th annual Great Black Hills Duck Race, which provides participants the opportunity to help local sick and injured children while competing for a chance to win $1 million, will be July 30.

The event, which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network at Regional Health, takes place on Rapid Creek. Up to 16,000 rubber ducks will compete in a 1.5-mile float to the finish at Memorial Park.

This year’s activities begin at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park, with family focused activities. The Drop of the Flock will be at 2 p.m. near the West Main Street McDonald's at Rapid Creek. More than $24,000 in prizes will be awarded to sponsors of the first 31 ducks to finish the race.

The first-place duck will win a guaranteed $5,000 from Rapid City-area McDonald’s restaurants. That duck will also have a chance of winning its owner $1 million, sponsored by Med5 Federal Credit Union. Of the thousands of ducks in the race, five have been pre-selected as Million Dollar Ducks. If the first-place duck is one of those, its sponsor will win $1 million.

The cost to enter a duck in the race is $5. Ducks can be sponsored for the race until 11:30 a.m. on race day at the West Main Street McDonald’s, unless they are sold out in advance. Ducks can also be purchased from Duck Race teams across the community; at the Regional Health Foundation office at 2925 Regional Way, Suite 100; or ordered online at the Regional Health website at regionalhealth.org/cmn. Registration forms also are located throughout the community at area businesses.

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