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Can-Am Rugby Tournament set for Aug. 2-4

August 1, 2019
Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - More than 100 international rugby sides are prepping their games right now in anticipation of the season's highlight, namely the 46th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament, to be played on 13 pitches or fields in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid from Aug. 2 to 4.

Started as a eight-team event in 1974, the Can-Am tournament, organized by the Saranac Lake Mountaineer Rugby Club, has spawned into the most significant economic weekend on Saranac Lake's calendar. The event has evolved over nearly five decades and brings multiple generations of Can-Am players to the Adirondacks each year.

"People love to come back to the Adirondacks to play rugby in the historic Can-Am tournament," said Cam Moody, Can-Am Rugby president. "They also come back and get married here. Their kids get married here; they vacation here. We have three generations of families now playing on the same weekend at the Can-Am. That's what 46 years will do."

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Brooke Paries, of Lake Placid, pitches the ball during the Mountaineers' final practice as the club prepares to host the 46th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament this weekend. The tournament features more than 100 teams playing games Friday, Saturday and Sunday on fields in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. The host Mountaineers will be represented by two men's teams, a women's squad and and old boys over-55 side.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

The tournament is also among the most relevant of large scale recreational events. Its inclusion features men's and women's Divisions I and II and alumni sides, women's old girls, and old boys over 35, 45, 50, 55 and 60 years of age.

With the winter season now a thing of the past, the Mountaineers have taken inventory of their competition sites and will endeavor to provide the participants with the best pitches possible.

"We're looking at pretty good playing surfaces and were working closely with all of the school districts, the Town of North Elba and North Country Community College to make sure the fields are in great shape," remarked Jay Annis, Can-Am Tournament Director. "When people come up here and they play on these beautiful fields, that has a lot to do with the legacy of the tournament, and it's a source of great pride for our club."

Rugby fans can follow the developments leading up to the tournament on social media @CanAmRugby on Facebook and Twitter.



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