USA Luge announces the 5th Annual Duluth Trading Company Running of the Balls after Viessmann World Cup luge racing in Lake Placid

By Sandy Caligiore | Sept. 30, 2019, 12:33 p.m. (ET)


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – USA Luge has announced the fifth annual Duluth Trading Company USA Luge Running of the Balls (ROTB5) fundraiser, a fun and exciting initiative to help support the team’s athletes and programs.

The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 30, shortly upon conclusion of the Viessmann World Cup luge event in Lake Placid which will air live on NBC at 2:30 PM ET. The ROTB will occur after the women’s World Cup race.

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

“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 fifth time in front of the World Cup audience at the track. All money raised will help defray the costs for our athletes at all levels of competition, from the national team down to the development teams.”

Fans will be able to participate in this unique event by entering as many balls as they’d like in this one-of-a-kind race that benefits USA Luge.

Cash, prizes from USA Luge sponsors and goods from local purveyors will be offered for the top five balls and the last place ball. In addition to Duluth Trading Company, media sponsors include the Lake Placid News, The Mix 93.3 WSLP, Adirondack 105 and 102.1 Lake FM, while the Lake Placid UPS Store is providing value-in-kind services for the race.

Additional sponsors include Mountain Dental, Bear Essentials, Casella Waste Systems and High Peaks Ford, High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid Family Dental and Margarita Sears with more to be added in the coming weeks.


On-site fans will be treated to coverage on large screens thanks to the International Luge Federation, Carr-Hughes Productions and the N.Y. Olympic Regional Development Authority.

Fans will be able to buy balls for $10 each, or three balls for $25.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place: $1,000

2nd place: $500

3rd place: $300

4th place: $200

5th place: $100

last place: $100

USA Luge will sell tickets at 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 X 107, or log on to https://usluge.wufoo.com/forms/usa-luge-5th-annual-running-of-the-balls/

The Lake Placid World Cup race, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, is the second stop of the season on the Viessmann circuit. The season opener is scheduled for Nov. 23-24 in Igls/Innsbruck, Austria.

Currently, the USA Luge National and Junior National Teams are on the ice in Lillehammer, Norway.