Empire State Winter Games kick off for 43rd year

The start of the 43rd Empire State Winter Games.
Published: Feb. 2, 2023 at 7:38 AM EST
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (WCAX) - The 43rd Empire State Winter Games officially kick off in Northern New York on Thursday.

The torch relay began Saturday and is a 700,000-mile journey that ends in Lake Placid Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony.

The games run from Thursday to Sunday. Organizers said the games are the largest multi-sport amateur athletic winter sporting event in North America.

They said the games are expected to draw around 2,000 athletes to compete in more than 20 events in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths and the surrounding area.