WAUAU – The Badger State Games’ Winter Games will celebrate 31 years hosting Olympic-style sporting events in Wisconsin this weekend. Athletes of all ages and abilities who medal with a gold, silver or bronze are then eligible to compete in the State Games of America in Lynchburg, Virginia. Here’s what’s coming up this weekend.
About 400 Nordic skiers will compete, including youth and high school teams, adults and adaptive divisions. Races will include freestyle and classic formats and distances will range from 1-2k (age 9 and younger) up to 43k (age 18 and older). Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their teams. On-site registration is available. More details available at www.visitwausau.com/nordic-skiing.
When: Races run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25
Where: Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area, 8704 Redbud Road, Rib Mountain
About 100 martial artists will compete in form, weapons, board breaking, speed breaking Olympic sparring and more. Age brackets include kids (4-11 years old), juniors (12-17 years old), seniors (18-32 years old), and ultras (33 years old). On-site registration is available. More details available at www.visitwausau.com/martial-arts.
When: Matches begin at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25.
Where: Wausau Center mall, downtown Wausau
Badger State Games’ events are hosted in various cities and towns around Wisconsin. For information on schedules, locations, athlete sign-ups, becoming a sponsor, or volunteering, visit www.badgerstategames.org or call 715-355-8788.
Photo courtesy Badger State Games/Sports Authority. Pictured are BSG Nordic Skiing and BSG Martial Arts in 2018.