Vasa Newsletter Vol. II, No. 8,

The 42nd Annual North American Vasa Festival of Races

presented by Short's Brewing Company and Chemical Bank

Vasa Newsletter  Vol. II, No. 8,   March 5, 2018    

Haley's Comments

Hey, Vasa Friend-O's

Well, stick a fork in Vasa 2018, eh? We have a lot of people to thank for such a successful weekend:

First of all, Thanks to YOU skiers and fat bikers who continue to support the Vasa year after year, and to YOU skiers and bikers who signed up for the first time ever.  Thanks for giving us a chance. We hope we lived up to your expectations and that you will be back for some more punishment next year. 

Gracias to Doug Dowdy, who is retiring after having  served as our Race Director for the last 5 years.  He has done an awesome job pulling this crazy adventure together year after year.  Thanks, Doug. Best of luck to you.



Our skier survey results are in, and (no surprise) the Vasa volunteers got really high marks and reviews.  Volunteer Chief Kristin Rylands somehow got everyone to their assigned positions, so we were able to provide the level of support necessary for the skiers' safety and enjoyment (according to the survey results) and yet still be considerate of the volunteers' time. Thanks, Kristin. Not too late to change your mind about retiring from this lucrative volunteer position!


Linda D

Our volunteer of the year was announced prior to the race, but for those of you who missed it: Linda Deneen has served on the Vasa Board and was our volunteer coordinator for several years.  She still helps out at the We-Ski program and also has a key role in the Bayshore Marathon volunteer effort.  Congratulations, Linda. We miss you!  (I think Linda is also in the running for Grandmother of the Year as well.)

Remember how a bunch of your friends told you about a year ago,and another year ago, that the Banff Film Festival was pretty cool?  Well, Traverse City is hosting it again on April10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Opera House.  Aside from the fact that the films are great, a slice of the proceeds will be donated to programs that benefit youth skiingl. Hope to see you there, but you had better get your tickets early.

Another program coming up in Traverse City which is directly relevant to all Nordic skiers is The Fight to Save Winter - a documentary about climate change. Check it out at

Meanwhile, what better way to get ready for Vasa 2019 than by registering for the Iceman Cometh Challenge?  General registration opens March 16.

That's all I have, folks. Enjoy the sunshine and crust skiing that March has to offer.  See you next time.

Mike Haley

President, Vasa Board



42nd North American Vasa Festival of Races