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February 13, 2020
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The annual Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter Games begin Friday with an athlete celebration at Van Andel Arena. Courtesy

The Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter Games will be in full swing this weekend.

Hosted by the West Michigan Sports Commission, eight of the 13 sports competitions will be featured at different sporting venues on Saturday and Sunday. The events are indoor archery, ninja, fencing, cross-country skiing (freestyle and Nordic), karate, disc golf, shooting sports and wrestling.

The winter games will begin on Friday with an athlete celebration hosted by the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St.

The games’ main weekend will commence Saturday. It will feature cross-country skiing-freestyle, karate, disc golf and shooting sports pistol competitions.

The cross-country skiing-freestyle race will feature a men’s and women’s 8K and 17K distance course at Forbush Corner, 4971 W. County Road 612, Frederic.

The karate competition will feature different styles, experiences and age groups at Northview High School, 4451 Hunsberger Ave. NE

Disc golf will be held at Brewer Park, 399 84th St. SE, Byron Center. The competition will have three divisions: amateur, intermediate and recreational.

The shooting sports pistol competition will be in a 22 – 22 caliber pistols firing 22 short, long or long rifle ammunition and centerfire pistol with any centerfire pistol 32 caliber and above, no magnum or +P format. Competitors also can enroll in classes. The event will be held at the Grand Rapids Rifle and Pistol Club, 1331 Nagel Ave. SW, Wyoming.

The wrestling and cross-country skiing - Nordic competitions will be held Sunday.

The wrestling competition will be held at the Davenport University sports complex, 6193 Kraft Ave. SE. The first four finishers will qualify for the State Games of America.

The cross-country skiing - Nordic features a hilly terrain for the men’s 14K and women’s 14K race at Hanson Hills, 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling.

Indoor archery, ninja and fencing will be two-day events held on Saturday and Sunday.

The archery competition will be held at West Michigan Archery Center, 3500 Ten Mile Road,
Rockford. Archers will shoot a total of 60 scoring arrows.

The ninja competition will be held at Tri County Ninja, 14283 Fenton Road, Fenton. It will have between seven to 15 obstacles, which includes quintuple steps, a salmon ladder, lache bars, a rope climb, a cliff hanger, an unstable bridge, a rock wall, a pipe slider, a peg board, a balance tank, a cargo net and ring toss, among other objects. 

The fencing competition will have senior mixed sabre, Y12 mixed foil, senior mixed foil, senior mixed epee, senior mixed wheelchair epee and senior foil games at the West Michigan Fencing Academy, 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW.

After the main weekend of competitions, there will be other games to follow.

There will be a Darts - Steel Tip event on Feb. 29 at Diamond Hall, 439 Diamond Ave. NE. A cash prize is up for grabs, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals.

Basketball competitions will be held at different locations, including Cornerstone University, 1001 East Beltline Ave. NE, and NorthPointe Christian High School, 3101 Leonard St. NE from Feb. 29-March 1. There will be different divisions for boys and girls in grades 4-8.

A bowling competition will be held at Spectrum Lanes at 5656 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming on March 1. Each participant will bowl a total of four games, and the total amount of pins knocked down in all four games will determine the first-, second- and third-place finishers in each age category: youth, adults and seniors.

There have been swimming competitions going on since Dec. 12, and they will end March 9. The competition is a remote event, which can be done at local pools. There are individual, relay and team races.

For more information, including registrations and prices, visit Meijer State Games of Michigan.

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