Courtesy of The Eagle
On your mark, get set, glow.
The Ducky Derby, a fundraiser for the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley, is set for Saturday at Lake Walk Town Center, but this year's event comes with a twist: a companion glow-in-the-dark run that will be followed by a concert.
As the rubber ducks are racing toward the finish line in the lake, runners will be making their way around 5K and 10K courses as part of the Atlas Race Series.
The Glow Run is a new addition to the series, which includes the Atlas Triathlon, the CHI St. Joseph Health Gran Fondo and Run the Ramps at Kyle Field.
Jesse Shulse, one of the coordinators for the race series, said including the Ducky Derby was a natural fit for the mission of Atlas, which aims to incorporate local nonprofit groups into its events.
The Children's Museum strives to introduce kids to a healthy lifestyle, Shulse said, "and we want families focused on doing these things together."
"It's how we can give back to our community and our kids," he said.
The ducks will be launched into the lake from a water slide on the tower adjacent to the Stella Hotel at sunset, just after 8 p.m., which will signal the start of the Glow Run.
Runners will be adorned with glow sticks, fluorescent necklaces and body paint and will cross the finish line under neon lights and smoke, Shulse said. All the finisher medals will glow in the dark.
"There will be really cool effects to set the mood," he said.
Registration for the race was expected to sell out, but people can still sign up to participate the day of the race.
Ashley Kortis, the marketing director of the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley, said the partnership with Atlas was a great opportunity for the fundraiser.
"This is something that the Children's Museum has done for years," she said. "But it's our first time at Lake Walk, and we're very excited."
The Children's Museum organizes the Ducky Derby with help from the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Texas A&M.
Adopted owners of the ducks that complete the lake course the fastest can win prizes, including a stay at the Stella Hotel, a year of Chick-Fil-A meals and a scooter.
Ducks can be adopted for $10, six ducks for $50 or 13 ducks for $100 at the Children's Museum in Bryan, by calling 779-5437 or online at cmbv.org.
A free concert featuring Jefferson Clay will follow the race. The glow-in-the-dark theme will continue with everyone who attends the concert getting glow sticks.
"Come to the Ducky Derby, run if you want to, but definitely come to the concert," Shulse said. "It's a great opportunity to hang out on the lawn and listen to music. It's family friendly, for sure.