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USA Luge to race 1,000+ lax balls

By ANDY FLYNN - Editor , Lake Placid News, 12/01/16, 10:15AM EST


LAKE PLACID - USA Luge received 1,000 balls from Summit Lacrosse this week for its second annual Running of the Balls fundraiser, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 on the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track after Viessmann World Caup racing ends, according to Gordy Sheer, USA Luge director of marketing and sponsorships.

If more balls are needed, they will be supplied by Tri-Lakes Lacrosse.

"We should crush last year's total of 960 balls," Sheer wrote in an email on Tuesday.

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John Reinker of Clifton Park and Lake Placid watches the first of 960 lacrosse balls race down the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track Friday, March 25 for the first-ever Running of the Balls fundraiser for USA Luge. The second annual Running of the Balls will take place at the sliding track Saturday, Dec. 3 at the conclusion of the Veissmann World Cup. This event helps pay for team expenses. 
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

People can adopt lacrosse balls in the chance one of their balls will cross the finish line first after negotiating the nearly one-mile course.

Starting around 1:55 p.m. on Dec. 3, the event will be covered live at and on the WSLP 93.3-FM airwaves.

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.

Fans may enter as many balls as they'd like. The cost is $10 per ball or three balls for $25. Prizes range from $100 to $500.

Tickets are available at Lake Placid retail outlets, at USA Luge headquarters at 57 Church St. in Lake Placid and online at