Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island to host White Castle USA Luge Slider Search
Camano Island, Wash. — Arrowhead Ranch, a 20-acre destination adventure center under development on Camano Island, has been selected as a regional host location for the upcoming White Castle USA Luge Slider Search on May 18-19. The site is 62 miles north of Seattle.
Incorporating sleds on wheels, the Slider Search is an off-season recruitment program that travels the nation each summer and fall looking for future Olympic athletes in the sport. The public is encouraged to attend the event which will give boys and girls, ages 9-13, an opportunity to learn luge and qualify to join the USA Luge Junior National Development team.
Children selected in Camano Island will be invited to learn the sport on ice next winter in Park City, Utah, the 2002 Olympic luge site. USA Luge is headquartered in the two-time Olympic village of Lake Placid, N.Y.
Two clinics will be offered each day on Camano Island from 9 – 11 AM and 2 – 4 PM; participants need only attend one. All clinics are free of charge and each participant will be given a free White Castle USA Luge Slider Search T-shirt.
“We are anticipating a successful weekend of recruiting in a beautiful area of the Pacific Northwest,” said Gordy Sheer, USA Luge Director of Marketing and Sponsorships and a 1998 Olympic silver medalist. “It’s been too long since we’ve recruited in this part of the country and now with White Castle’s partnership, we’re able to do it. Randy and Marla Heagle, the owners of Arrowhead Ranch, have been very gracious to accommodate us and we want to give these kids a great experience. In that process, we’re very hopeful that we’ll find some future team members.”
Over 250,000 youngsters have been introduced to luge in this program since its inception over 30 years ago. Christian Niccum, of Woodinville, Wash., was discovered in this manner. Niccum became a four-time Junior World Champion and went on to compete in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Games.
An Olympic sport since 1964, luge consists of athletes sliding down a track of ice on sleds at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour. The Slider Search clinics will have kids luging at much slower, more introductory speeds on wheeled luge sleds. Participating “sliders” (a name given to luge athletes) will ultimately be considered for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. The coaches guiding each clinic include National and Olympic team athletes, giving each young participant professional instruction and inspiration.
About Arrowhead Ranch:
Arrowhead Ranch was founded in 2016 by Randy and Marla Heagle as a destination adventure center. Home to the Stanwood and Camano Island Soap Box Derby, Arrowhead Ranch will soon offer an axe-throwing venue, a craftsman makers space, and be open for hosting special events. Just an hour north of Seattle and located on beautiful Camano Island, Arrowhead Ranch is your Northwest destination where the whole family can be safe, have fun, and dream big.