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The schedule of events for the 38th annual North American Vasa Ski Races has been set for the weekend of February 8-9, 2014.
There are cross-country ski events for casual touring skiers to elite professionals, with distances from 6 km to 50 km, plus the King Vasa Fat Bike Race. All events start and finish at the Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort in Traverse City, and will follow the Vasa trail on professionally groomed tracks through secluded State forests.
Vasa events start on Friday February 7th at Timber Ridge with skier registration, Fat Bike & Ski Demos and packet pick-up for pre-registered skiers at Timber Ridge. Vasa Pasta, an “all-you-can-eat-carbo-load” pasta feed is also offered by TC Central and West Nordic Ski Teams. $10 Adults, $5 children (12 and under). The menu includes pasta with a choice of vegetarian or meat sauce, Caesar salad, Stone House Bread and homemade desserts.
The races begin on Saturday February 8th with the 50km classic races starting at 8am, followed by the 27km and 50km freestyle races, the 12km classic/freestyle race, and finally the juniors event.
Junior Vasa races for young children (4 to 15) with distances of 1km and 3km start Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm.
New this year, Sat. at 1pm, a 12K event open to skiers of all abilities in which finish times will mean far less than who is on the trail. The Human Inspiration 12K Tour, a non-competitive ski run to honor George Lombard and George Kuhn, two men who have been at the heart of the region’s Nordic ski community for decades. Lombard(83) and Kuhn(81) regularly ski the VASA trail system. Lombard will lead the tour – one wave of the VASA’s 12K event -- and skiers of all ages and abilities are invited to join him. Registration for this race is $35. Skiers registered for other VASA races may participate at no extra charge.
The Gran Travers 6K and 16K classic-only races start and finish at Timber Ridge on Sunday February 9th beginning at 9am.
For on-line registration, and more event information check out the Vasa web site at www.vasa.org.