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Adopt a ball for USA Luge benefit: Running of the Balls

December 8, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - There is still time to adopt lacrosse balls for USA Luge's third annual Running of the Balls benefit race on Friday, Dec. 15.

More than 1,000 lacrosse balls make a nearly 1-mile run from the top of the Olympic Sports Complex sliding track at Mount Van Hoevenberg to Curve 19, one curve shy of the track's uphill finish line.

The event after the last race on the first day of the Viessmann Luge World Cup.

The Running of the Balls is similar to the Lake Placid Rotary Club's Dam Duck Race on the Chubb River - where people adopt rubber ducks that race over the Mill Pond dam and into the river, where they are collected a short distance downstream. With ROTB, people adopt lacrosse balls in the chance one of their balls will cross the finish line first. Balls have been donated by Summit Lacrosse. People don't actually keep the balls they adopt, as they are used at local lacrosse tournaments.

At the inaugural event in March 2016, 960 lacrosse balls negotiated the Mount Van Hoevenberg course, raising more than $12,000 for USA Luge in the process. During the second event, the organization raised more than $17,000 with 1,280 lacrosse balls.

Fans may enter as many balls as they'd like. The cost is $10 per ball or three balls for $25. USA Luge is selling tickets at Lake Placid retail outlets and at USA Luge headquarters at 57 Church St. in Lake Placid. Or people can register at

Cash and prizes from USA Luge sponsors will be offered for the top 10 balls, as well as the last place ball. Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, $500 and a hat from Duluth Trading Company; second place, $300; third place, $200; fourth place, $150; fifth place, $100; sixth place, Travelers Choice large hard case luggage; seventh place, Timex watch; eighth place, small Travelers Choice roll aboard luggage; ninth place, Minus 33 socks; 10th place, Duluth Trading Company baseball hat; and last place, $100.

More prizes will be added from White Castle, including gift certificates. U.S. Venture will also supply some hats to the winners.

Current gold sponsors include High Peaks Resort, McDonald's of Lake Placid, Casella Waste Management, and Hotel North Woods. Silver sponsors are Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Margerita Sears and the Summit Hotel. Bronze sponsors are Mountain Dental, Burnham Benefit Advisors, Lake Placid Family Dental and Bear Essentials.

The Lake Placid News and WSLP 93.3-FM are media sponsors.

On-site fans will be treated to coverage on large screens thanks to the International Luge Federation, Carr-Hughes Productions and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The event will also be broadcast online at



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