Historic Wallace Idaho
Gyro Days 2013


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At Straight Up Noon, on Saturday, June 15, 2013, the Wallace Gyro Fraternal Organization dropped a large leather ball into the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River to begin the 72nd Annual Mullan to Wallace Lead Creek Derby. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes following the ball downstream to Wallace, where the third night of Carnival ended a another mellow Gyro Days celebration.

Winners of the 72nd Lead Creek Derby

The Wallace Gyro Club sells chances on the time it takes for the ball to make it's seven mile journey to the Sixth Street bridge in Wallace. The money raised through ticket sales and bike ride registration goes to the Gyro Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to local high school students for college or vocational school.

First Prize of $1000 worth of silver was won by Jon Large of Wallace, whose ticket came the closest to the actual moderate time of 3:41:28

This year the silver was a combination of old silver dollar coins, mostly Peace Dollars, that were made from an ounce of .995 pure silver, and Centennial silver rounds made from a Troy ounce of .999 fine silver. The Gyros would like to thank all of their numerous sponsors, especially the biggest donors for 2013: Hecla Charitable Foundation, Mammoet, and NW Mine Supply / True Value. The organization is now out of silver, so if you have silver rounds or bars to sell or donate, please contact Dean Cooper at the 1313 Club, (208) 752-9391.

Thirteen other prizes for varying amounts of cash were also awarded.

  • 2nd - 6th won $100
    • Greg Marsh from Silverton
    • Craig Griffith from Kellogg
    • Dennis Wheeler from Coeur d'Alene, ID
    • Stacy from Spokane, WA
    • Jae Jean Achord from Silverton

  • 7th - 11th won $50
    • Ana Rector from Spokane, WA
    • Kris Bischoff from Wallace
    • Randy Carman from Kingston
    • Brian Smith from Silverton
    • Charles Bussall from Smelterville

  • 12th - 14th won $25
    • John Cuthbert from Osburn
    • Doug Burmeister from Smelterville
    • Lauraine Syvenky from Sherwood Park, Alberta

Tickets were $1 each. A computer program randomly matches each ticket number with a unique and precise finishing time. If you compare this year's average time of 3:41:28 to previous Derby times, a rough estimate of the race time might be seen to correlate with the maximum snow depth at the summit of Lookout Pass Ski Area during the previous ski season. However, the random amount of time spent rescuing the ball from obstacles always makes it a horse race.
Derby 72 June 2013 3:41:28 2012/13 season 103"
Derby 71 June 2012 2:56:48 2011/12 season 176"
Derby 70 June 2011 3:03:00 2010/11 season 192"
Derby 69 June 2010 4:54:13 2009/10 season 90"
Derby 68 June 2009 4:27:18 2008/09 season 144"
Derby 67 June 2008 3:09:24 2007/08 season 197"
Derby 66 June 2007 4:52:08 2006/07 season 163"
Derby 65 June 2006 3:44:44 2005/06 season 168"
Derby 64 June 2005 4:44:03 2004/05 season 85"
Derby 63 June 2004 3:49:54 2003/04 season 119"
Derby 62 June 2003 3:46:29 2002/03 season 130"
Derby 61 June 2002 1:59:44 2001/02 season 225"

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