NYS Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – The 38th annual Empire State Winter Games will kick off on Thursday, February 1 and will run until Sunday, February 4 in Lake Placid. More than 2,500 participants will compete in 17 different sports during the three-day multi-sport festival.

The Games will kick off with an inaugural Torch Relay departing from New York City. A significant portion of their route between NYC and Albany will follow the future Empire State Trail. As a designated Empire State Trail Gateway, the Walkway Over the Hudson will be one of the main stops along the way.

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 30, at 8:30 am at the Walkway’s center overlook.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 69 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs and over $2.8 billion in additional state GDP. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.

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Contact:

Janeen Martin  | PR Coordinator Taconic Region
(845) 889-3818 | Janeen.Martin@parks.ny.gov