Hundreds take part in North American VASA

Hundreds of people took part in the VASA races Saturday. (WPBN/Rachael Schuit)

GRAND TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Hundreds of people took part in the different ski races and fat tire bike races during the North American VASA Saturday.

The event drew in people of all ages and from places outside of northern Michigan.

One of those skiiers was Jon Williams who took part in the 27K.

"It was intense for a little while and the crowd and trying not to break a pole or figuring out how to pass people without blowing up my energy so it was good," said Williams.

Williams is an avid cross country skiier and is part of the Cross Country Ski Headquarters Race team in Roscommon.

He's from Pennsylvania and this year friends convinced him to take part in the VASA.

"They suckered me into it," said Williams.

The comradery with friends is something many who take part in the VASA savor.

"We've been here for two days, we drove up Thursday in that ice storm and that was touch and go really but just to be with them and we have a cabin here at the camp ground and so we've been having fun," said Williams.

The VASA isn't just for adults, several kids like Rico Lung took part in the Junior VASA.

"There was a lot of challengers that did it and I like that because it was gonna be challenging for me," said Lung.

Despite the challenges, Rico had one goal in mind, to cross the finish line.

"I just wanted to cross the line," said Lung.

Jon would agree that the VASA is challenging but says he's up for coming back next year and would recommend the event to others.

"27k is no joke but you feel good coming up the finishing stretch with everyone cheering for you and it's a good experience," said Williams.

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