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Duluth Trading Company names prizes for USA Luge’s Running of the Balls benefit

November 27, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - There is still time to adopt lacrosse balls for USA Luge's fifth annual Running of the Balls benefit race on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Mount Van Hoevenberg during the Viessmann Luge World Cup.

Running of the Balls will be held immediately following the conclusion of Saturday's racing, around 3:35 p.m. More than 1,000 lacrosse balls make about a 1-mile run from near the top of the Olympic Sports Complex sliding track to Curve 19, one curve shy of the track's finish line. The balls are being donated by Summit Lacrosse Ventures.

Proceeds are used to support the athletes and programs of USA Luge.

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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)

Duluth Trading Company is the title sponsor of the event. Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, $1,000, Lifetime Leather Travel Duffle Bag, Buck Naked Underwear; second place, $500, tool bag, Duluth Flannel (men's or women's), Buck Naked Underwear; third place, $300, tool bag, Buck Naked Underwear; fourth place, $200, CargoBold Backpack, Duluth Flannel (men's or women's), Buck Naked Underwear; fifth place, $100, CargoBold Backpack, Buck Naked Underwear; and last place, $100. Duluth Trading Company is also giving out merchandise for balls finishing in sixth to 10th places.

Fans may enter as many balls as they'd like. The cost is $10 per ball or three balls for $25.

As a bonus, the race within the race will return with a collection of blue-colored lacrosse balls sliding down the track simultaneously with the yellow and white ones. The fastest blue ball will win a free trip to the luge 2019 World Championships (Feb. 15-16) in Sochi, Russia, courtesy of Bucket List Events, the official hospitality partner of USA Luge. Blue balls are $30 each.

USA Luge will sell tickets at its team headquarters in Lake Placid, currently located at the village Beach House while a new facility is under construction on Church Street. To purchase tickets, please call 518-523-2071, ext. 107, or log on to



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