Well, it’s one down and many more to go.
The first Empire State Games not run by the of the state hand has concluded and the event was a success thanks to the combined efforts many local municipalities, organizations and individuals who refused to allow the games to be canceled after state budget cuts.
It’s too early to tell just how much of an economic impact the Games had on our area and just how successful the event was, but with nearly 1,000 athletes competing — and their friends and families also in town — it’s hard to imagine that there wasn’t a positive impact.
Now is the time for those who made the Games possible to review what went right, what, if anything, went wrong and to consider ways to make the Empire State Games in Lake Placid even bigger and better.
One feature of the Games in Lake Placid that was popular with the crowd was the Festival of the Games held on Mirror Lake. The festivities attracted hundreds of people and was capped off with a fireworks show.
Visitors, locals, athletes and their families attended the festival, and it would be a great idea to supplement the Empire State Games in Lake Placid by making it a bigger Lake Placid experience.
Adding events at the festival in which non-athletes can participate would be a nice start — and there is a large section of Mirror Lake to hold such activities. Perhaps sled races, tube races or broomball would be great additions that would enhance the fun had during the festival.
Whatever is done to build upon these Games to provide an even greater incentive for locals and visitors to attend, will be a benefit to the entire Olympic Region and add to the legacy of Lake Placid.
So, let the Games go on.