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Toboggan Championship rescheduled for Saturday

March 3, 2011
By ERIC VOORHIS, For the Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - A spat of warm weather led to the cancelation of the Adirondack International Toboggan Championship in Lake Placid on Feb. 19, but the event is back on.

It's planned for this Saturday at the Gerald F. Cassidy Memorial Toboggan Park, located on Parkside Drive, starting at 3:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit USA Luge.

Organizers said the postponement was disappointing but shouldn't get in the way of a great event.

"We're going to have fun no matter what," said Dmitry Feld, organizer of the event and marketing manager of USA Luge.

Feld said the event has seen a great deal of support from the community.

"We're seeing a great response," he said in a recent interview. "There's more participation, more local sponsorship efforts. We think this year is going to be bigger and better than last year."

Event-issued sleds will be provided to teams of four, and an entry fee of $10 per person is required. No team? No problem, Feld said. Organizers will help pair up participants. Prizes such as cash, airline tickets, ski passes, medals and trophies will be given out, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

If weather is again a problem on Saturday, the event will be held at the USA Luge Training Center, 57 Church St., Lake Placid.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. More information is available online at

Feld said he hopes the event grows in the future to rival similar events in the Northeast such as the National Toboggan Championships, which draws thousands of people each year in Camden, Maine.

"We're hoping this grows as a great event for the community," Feld said.



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