Rubber Duck Race at Highlands Swimming Pool June 15

Las Vegas, N.M. –  Rubber ducks will be swimming the waters of the Highlands University swimming pool June 15 to raise money for student success.

Meet at 11 a.m. at the university’s swimming pool in its natatorium at 908 Baca Ave. to cheer for your little ducky in the race.

“The duck race is a fun way to show off our facilities, stay cool in the summer, and raise money for student scholarships and important university programs,” said Juli Salman, Alumni Office director.

Just one lane of the pool is being used for the duck race. The natatorium will be open to the public to swim from 11 – 12:30 p.m. for the price of $1 for adults and children. Highlands University employees are free with ID.

Salman said in past years duck races were held on the Gallinas River, but lower than normal runoff from snowmelt called for a different location this year.

“We’ll have staff in the pool with paddle boards creating a current for the swimming ducks,” Salman said.

The university’s Foundation and Alumni Offices are sponsoring the duck race.

Prizes for the fastest ducks include a $100 Amazon gift card; two season passes for HU athletic events; two season passes for the Arts@HU series; dinner for four at J.C.’s New York Pizza; and four movie passes to the Indigo Theater.

“There will be a special prize for the 125th duck to cross the finish line in commemoration of our Highlands 125 Year Anniversary,” Salman said.

Purchase your rubber duck in advance for $5 each or $20 for a flock of five.

Tickets are on sale now at the Foundation/Alumni Office, Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. For more information or to purchase ducks, email lylamaestas@nmhu.edu or call 505-454-3248.