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Last chance to adopt a ball for USA Luge

Deadline noon Friday for Running of the Balls benefit

March 24, 2016
Editorial , Lake Placid News

The Lake Placid News is a proud sponsor of USA Luge's first-ever Running of the Balls fundraiser, which will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, March 25 at the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track, and we encourage residents and businesses to support this worthy event.

The deadline to purchase tickets for balls is noon on Friday. As of Monday, 408 balls had been sold, according to USA Luge spokesman Sandy Caligiore.

Why have this event? The organization's annual fundraiser, the toboggan races at the Toboggan Chute on Mirror Lake, had to be canceled because the structure was closed due to safety issues. So USA Luge came up with the Running of the Balls as an alternative to raise money to support the athletes on its various teams, from the development program all the way up to the senior team that competes at the World Cups and Winter Olympics.

Article Photos

An athlete races through the Shady II section of the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track during the FIL Luge World Cup in December. At 5 p.m., March 25, USA Luge will be sending hundreds of lacrosse balls down this ice for its first-ever Running of the Balls benefit. There will be cash prizes for the first five balls and the last-place finisher. Proceeds benefit the Lake Placid-based luge team.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

USA Luge was founded in 1979 in Lake Placid. Its headquarters is at 57 Church St. near the U.S. Olympic Training Center. This is our home team. Why wouldn't Lake Placid support its home team?

As of Monday, there were eight gold, eight silver, and six bronze sponsors. Most are cash sponsors, and a few are offering value-in-kind support. For businesses that would like to sponsor this event or support USA Luge in general, call Marketing Director Gordy Sheer at 518-523-2071.


Event explained

The Running of the Balls fundraiser is similar to the Lake Placid Rotary Club's Dam Duck Race on the Chubb River. In this case, balls donated by Tri-Lakes Lacrosse will be sent down the Mount Van Hoevenberg track.

People can adopt a lacrosse ball for $10, or three for $25, in the chance that one of their balls will cross the finish line first. (People don't keep the balls they adopt.)

Lacrosse legend Paul Rabil has donated a signed photo and lacrosse ball to be drawn from all entries at random.

Prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place and $100 for fourth place, fifth place and last place.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the following Lake Placid retail outlets: The UPS Store, Bear Essentials, The Market, Courtyard by Marriott, the Olympic Sports Complex gift shop and Hoffman Auto.

The race will start at 5 p.m., and people can watch it live on the USA Luge website or listen live on WSLP 93.3-FM.



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