Courtesy of Badger State Games

The Badger State Games’ Summer Games are celebrating 35 years of bringing Olympic-style sporting events to Wisconsin, allowing athletes of all ages and abilities to “Go for the Gold.”

Custom spinning medals in Gold, Silver, and Bronze are new this year to commemorate the Games’ 35th anniversary. Those who medal are then eligible to compete in the State Games of America taking place in Virginia. Here’s what’s coming up this weekend.

Bike Polo

A modern version of Polo comes to Wausau this weekend as teams of players (Squads) compete in various spots around Wausau. As in standard polo, players use mallets to hit a ball, but this is played on a hard surface instead of grass. This tournament lead by Wausau Bike Polo will follow North American Bike Polo Association rules. More details available at

Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24

Marathon Park, 1201 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI 54401

Riverside Park, 100 Sherman St, Wausau, WI 54401

Matches Begin: 10 a.m. both days

Final Matches: 5 p.m. Sunday


Teams grab their racquets and head to Oshkosh to compete in BSG Pickleball. Players will compete in multiple levels in Men’s or Women’s Doubles, as well as Mixed Doubles. More details available at

Friday, Aug. 23 – Sunday, Aug. 25

Oshkosh YMCA; 640 E Country Rd. Y, Oshkosh, WI, 54902Friday: Women’s Doubles – Begins at noon

Saturday: Men’s Doubles – Begins 7:45 a.m.

Sunday: Mixed Doubles – Begins 7:45 a.m.

Underdown Trail Races (Running)

A continuation of the BSG 2019 Race Series, this Northern Wisconsin trail run is a physical and mental challenge that takes runners through extreme trail terrain. Race categories include a 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, and a 10k. More details available at

Saturday, Aug. 24

Underdown Recreation Area, Copper Lake Road

W3221 Copper Lake Ave, Gleason, WI 54435

Race Start Times:  8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Badger State Games’ events are hosted in various cities and towns around the state of Wisconsin. For information regarding schedules, locations, athlete sign-ups, becoming a sponsor, or volunteering, please visit or call 715-355-8788.

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