Muskegon Winter Triathlon encourages fun in the snow

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LAKETON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The Olympics start this week, and people eager for a taste of the winter sports got a chance at it in Muskegon at the annual Winter Triathlon.

Cross country skiing is the third leg of the triathlon, with the other two events being speed skating and the luge.

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex has been hosting the event for more than 20 years.

“I love this thing," says Mark Jastrzembski, the event organizer. "I invented it 22 years ago. There’s not another one in the country."

And people come from all around Michigan for the family fun event.

“It’s a great value. 25 bucks gets you 3 runs on the luge, speed skate, and you can rent skis for cross country," says Jeb Cohen, a competitor from Holland.

And the big event is the luge, where the public can race down the ice as fast as they can.

“I think the luge is pretty exciting, because everyone is watching you that’s in line," says Lori Cohen, a first time competitor. "That’s pretty exciting. I did crash on the luge. But I made it on the next run, so it was fun.”

The event is filled with fun, and medals are given out to people with the best times.

The Muskegon Winter Complex is open as long as the winter weather is around. And you can try the luge on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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