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Winter triathlon at Muskegon State Park

Muskegon State Park, in conjunction with the Muskegon Sports Council, is offering a family-friendly, “GO-Get Outdoors” winter triathlon on Sunday, Feb. 7. The event is non-competitive and geared toward those who have never participated in one of these exciting winter Olympic sports—the luge, ice speed skating and cross-county skiing.

The winter triathlon is a fun competition with no pressure. The entire family is encouraged to participate in this unique winter adventure along the shores of Lake Michigan. Serious competitors are welcome to participate, but the main focus is to introduce participants to a new sport. Instructors will teach each sport in continuous, 20-minute clinics at each venue.

All are also invited into the warming lodge to watch the Super Bowl, or to simply warm up so they can keep on luging, skating or skiing into the night at the fully-lit sports complex.

Check-in and registration for all events will be held at the warming lodge from 10 to 11:30 a.m., located at the north entrance of the park. The skating and luge events begin at noon and continue until 2:30 p.m. The cross-country ski race will begin at 3 p.m., and awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

There are age divisions for everyone. The entry fee is $20 for ages 12 and under; $25 for ages 13 and over; and $50 for the family rate (which includes the mother, father and children living in the same house).

Early registration is encouraged, and a full refund will be given to all registrants for any cancelled event.

The sports complex requires everyone to show proof of health insurance and, for safety reasons, persons interested in trying the luge must attend a luge clinic. Skiing and skate clinics are not mandatory.

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is located at 462 Scenic Dr. in North Muskegon, within Muskegon State Park. Information about this event, other events taking place at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, or to obtain a triathlon entry form, contact the Muskegon Sports Council at 231-828-4627 or MadMarkJ@verizon.net, or visit www.msports.org.

For more information about the park, accessibility or persons needing accommodations to attend this event, contact the park supervisor at 231-744-3480 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or visit www.michigan.gov/muskegon.

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8.
“GO-Get Outdoors” is a series of continuous, special events designed to encourage all people, especially families, to take advantage of the many outdoor recreational opportunities that are available in this great state. For a list of events taking place at Michigan state parks, recreation areas and boating sites, visit the Get Outdoor Calendar at www.michigan.gov/dnrgogetoutdoors.

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