Collegiate Challenge

The 2020 North American Vasa will be the host for the 4th year of the Collegiate Challenge during Vasa weekend.  All current collegians are invited to compete for bragging rights as King and Queen among their collegiate peers. Special awards will be given to the top man and woman who have the best combined times for the 25km George Kuhn half freestyle ski half marathon on Saturday and the 17km Chemical Bank Classic ski race on Sunday.

The University of Michigan cross country club ski team will be the host team again. You will easily spot them whizzing through the Pere Marquette Forest in their signature maize and blue outfits.

We are extending an invitation to all college student athletes to compete either as individuals or as part of a club team. We are offering special entry fee pricing and possible help with housing during race weekend. Contact Pete LaPlaca for more information at

A discount will be applied at registration for those signing up for the Collegiate Challenge, i.e., the 25km George Kuhn freestyle ski half marathon and the 17km Chemical Bank Classic ski race.