Finally, the best single week of the year is here, our home town event the North American Vasa. If you are an aspiring ski bum like me you are getting pretty reved up. The snow is perfect. The weather is cooperating and the stars are in alignment. It doesn't matter if you race, volunteer, spectate or coach, be there. This is the crown jewel in the Grand Traverse Nordic Community Crown so lets get out there and support it.
Dat Was Some Noque, Eh?
It’s been a busy couple of weeks on the MI Cup circuit and the depth of Team Vasa has become apparent. At the Noquemanon races in Marquette on January 27, VSC was represented by 12 women and 13 men, with skiers in each of the four races. On race day, the course reportedly mimicked the varying ski conditions we have had thrown at us this winter: icy at the start, just fine in the middle, and slush at the end.
Thanks to all who made it across the Mighty Mac to race. Notable finishers among the women were Kathleen Kerr (3), Ashley Tarras (7), Bridget Carefoot (10), and Gussie Peterson (11) in the 24K freestyle, Jennifer Brown (9th in the 24K classic), and Coach Ruth Oppliger (4th in the 50K classic). Kevin Tarras (4) and James Hart (9) led the Vasa men in the 24K freestyle.
In the 50K classic it was Sam Holmes in 7th. Vasa Ski Club racers bringing home a coveted Noque cowbell (top three age-group finish) spanned the age range, and included John Todd and Amy Wilks in the 70-74 category! While we had more than a handful of couples racing in Marquette, the Paddens win the Race Family of the Week award with Laurie, James, and Jim racing the 50K freestyle and Hayley doing the 24K classic. What a great sport to enjoy together!
North American Vasa Volunteers
Yes, you can still sign up to volunteer. This is the greatest specticale on snow...in the Grand Traverse Region. Come on out and give your community a big boost and see some snot-sickles. You can sign up to volunteer here.
VSC Juniors in Cable WI