USA Luge plans another Running of the Balls benefit

Spectators watch lacrosse balls at Curve 19 at Mount Van Hoevenberg during the first Running of the Balls fundraiser for USA Luge in March 2016. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — USA Luge has announced the seventh Duluth Trading Company USA Luge Running of the Balls fundraiser, a fun and exciting initiative to help support the team’s athletes and programs.

The event will air on the organization’s website (www.usaluge.org) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. The 2022 “race” will be held against the backdrop of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China.

Duluth Trading Company is the official off-sled outfitter to USA Luge.

“This has become a really great fun event for the fans and for us at USA Luge,” said Gordy Sheer, USA Luge director of marketing and sponsorships. “Now we’ll do it again for the seventh time, with the goal of raising over $45,000. With the Olympic Games in Beijing going on, this funding will begin our drive to the Games in 2026. Our teams will be training and competing non-stop over the next four years, so our financial need is ongoing. Money raised will help defray those costs.”

People may purchase balls by logging on to https://go.teamusa.org/3efwB1d.

More than 1,000 lacrosse balls will negotiate the nearly one-mile course down Mount Van Hoevenberg. The balls were donated by Summit Lacrosse Ventures.

Fans will be able to participate in this unique event by entering as many balls as they’d like in this race that benefits USA Luge. Cash and prizes from Duluth Trading Company will be offered for the top 10 balls and the last place ball.

There will also be a race within the race as a collection of blue-colored lacrosse balls will roll down the Olympic Sports Complex sliding track simultaneously with the yellow and white. The two concurrent events have proven to be popular.

The yellow and white balls are offered at $10 each or three for $25. The blue colored balls can be purchased at $30 each. Winners of the blue ball race will win a trip to the next domestic World Cup (airfare, lodging and ground transportation).

Fans can participate in this unique event by entering as many balls as they’d like in this two-of-a-kind race that benefits the athletes. All sales will conclude at noon Feb. 15.

The top 10 balls, plus the last place ball will win prizes to be added soon. Cash prizes are as follows: 1) $1,000; 2) $500; 3) $300; 4) $200; 5) $100; places 6-10, prizes TBA.

The blue ball winner will receive a trip to the next domestic World Cup event. All winners of both races will be announced during the Feb. 16 webcast. Learn more at www.usaluge.org.

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