Friday, May 18, 2012

AIC Marks One Year With Rubber Loon Race

A flock of floating rubber loons, believed to be the world’s first loons based on a traditional rubber duck concept, will splash into water May 26 for a race along the Rich Lake Outlet, part of the Adirondack Interpretive Center’s (AIC) celebration of its first anniversary under the leadership of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Any member of the public who wishes to participate may sponsor an individual loon. Sponsors of the top finishers will receive prizes that include gift certificates to regional restaurants and shops and four free rounds of golf at the High Peaks Golf Course. Proceeds from loon sponsorships will support educational programs at the AIC. The loon race will be the highlight of a daylong event called Logs and Loons that will include programs and educational sessions.

Dubbed the “Loon Drive” in keeping with the Adirondack tradition of springtime log drives, the loon race will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, when 500 rubber loons — custom-designed and made in the United States — drop into the Rich Lake Outlet and race to the finish line 400 yards away.

The loons will float from the west bridge to the east bridge over the outlet. Spectators can watch from the bridges and the south side of the Sucker Brook Trail loop. The one-of-a-kind rubber loons are available for sponsorship in the race and a limited number will be available for purchase.

Those wishing to sponsor and/or purchase a loon or obtain more information about the Logs and Loons celebration can contact Program Manager Rebecca Oyer at [email protected] or 518-582-2000, or visit the AIC website.

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