Organizers of the 2015 Empire State Winter Games have announced that athlete registration is now open on the event website. Competitors and teams are asked to log on to www.empirestatewintergames.com to officially enter the winter sport festival. Over 1,400 athletes participated in 2014.
The annual winter games will begin with a torch run through the northern region on February 4th and 5th, culminating at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, site of the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Athletes. The gathering of competitors will occur February 5th at 6 pm in the Herb Brooks Arena, and will feature the keynote address by 1994 United States figure skating Olympian Karen Courtland-Kelly of Lake Placid. Competition starts February 6th.
Now in its 35th year, the Empire State Winter Games will feature a mix of traditional winter events, including adaptive races, with a sprinkling of sports that have been introduced in recent years. Events will be held in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center (snow shoeing) and Tupper Lake (women’s ice hockey).
Athletes, families and spectators can use the ESWG website for event details and updates. All Games results will be posted on the site. For lodging, please log on to www.lakeplacid.com
The Empire State Winter Games is a community-organized event, courtesy of a partnership between ROOST, Towns of North Elba, Harrietstown, Brighton, Wilmington, Tupper Lake and Jay; Villages of Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake; the counties of Essex and Franklin; the NY State Olympic Regional Development Authority, and State Senator Betty Little. LPEC Quality Destination, Inc., a subsidiary of ROOST, is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, and is fiscally responsible for the Empire State Winter Games.