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Junior Vasa: Get the kids on skis

Wed, Feb  6, 2008 - By Vasa

The Junior Vasa on Saturday February 9, 2008 is a key part of the North American Vasa Festival of Races, attracting skiers aged 3-15 in cross-country skiing events ranging from 1km to 3km in length. "Junior Vasa skiers will be the Vasa skiers of the future," stated Pete LaPlaca, Executive Director of the North American Vasa. "Hopefully they’ll remember the fun they had on skis in this event, and continue the sport for their entire lives. The smiles on these kid’s faces are our reward."

Registration fees are $5 for Junior Vasa entrants. All Junior Vasa skiers will receive a medal of accomplishment at the finish line of their event. The events will take place at Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort in Traverse City, MI. The resort has indoor warming facilities and an outdoor fire pit where families can gather. Timber Ridge also has lighted cross country ski trails!

Junior Vasa Start Times:
12:30 pm, 1km Classic, Ages 5-under and 6-7
12:40 pm, 3km Classic, Ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-15
12:45 pm, 3km Freestyle, Ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-15

This will be the third year that the Vasa Board of Directors is pleased to award "The North American Vasa Team Champion Cup" to the northern Michigan grade school, middle school or high school with the greatest number of participants (relative to school size) in any Vasa event. The winning team will be chosen based on participation and not speed - racing is optional. The Team Champion Cup is a large traveling trophy that will be engraved with the winning school’s name, kept by the winning school for one year and then passed onto the next year’s winning school.

For more info check out the VASA website: http://WWW.VASA.ORG or call (231) 938-4400.