The Board members and friends of the North American Vasa were all saddened to hear about Jack’s death. The Vasa and the White Pine Stampede both go back to the late 1970’s. For many of us skiers, it was a time-honored tradition to ski the White Pine on the 1st Saturday in February and then the Vasa on the following Saturday. And you could count on seeing Jack at the starting line on the morning of each of the White Pine Stampede races. Jack inspired so many volunteers to work the aid stations and road crossings and parking lots for the race that it was said that there was a waiting list for these spots year after year. There would not have been a White Pine without Jack. He was the man behind the race - a well respected lawyer whose office in Mancelona was the hub of all of the activity and energy that fed the White Pine Stampede. And Jack devoted his time and effort to make the race happen solely for the benefit of the community. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends at the Vasa. The Board members in particular extend their sympathies to his wife Beth and the rest of the McKaig family. May he rest In peace on a well groomed trail some place in heaven’s quiet woods.
Watch the Olympic 50 K Classic Race. It is a great video of classic skiing.