JAMESTOWN – The Empire State Winter Games torch relay kicked off Monday morning at the National Comedy Center.
Founded in 1980, the Empire State Winter Games is a multi-day winter athletic competition headquartered in Lake Placid, NY.
The relay continued north on Route 60 reaching Gowanda mid-morning where students at Gowanda Central School took part in the traditional run.
The torch will continue through Yorkshire, Glenwood, and East Aurora and will eventually end up in Buffalo where it will sit overnight before continuing to its final destination in Lake Placid on Thursday.
A ceremony will kick-off the 39th Annual Empire State Winter Games, that will run though Sunday, February 3, 2019.
Amateur athletes of all ages and from all over the Northeast and Canada compete in more than 30 winter sports competitions over three days every February.
Officials with the event said the Empire State Winter Games is a community-driven event, courtesy of a partnership between the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST); the towns of North Elba, Wilmington, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, Malone, and Brighton; the villages of Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths, Malone, Wilmington, and Saranac Lake; the counties of Essex and Franklin; the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA); and New York State Senator Betty Little.
For more on the games visit: EmpireStateWinterGames.com.