White Pine Stampeded Returns In-Person This Weekend
After being virtual last year, the Whitepine Stampede is back in action this year. The race is just days away, taking place at Shanty Creek Resorts.
“We’re happy we’re back,” said Ben Tarbutton, Whitepine Stampede Race Director.
This Saturday, skiers from all across Michigan will be preparing to “take their mark… get set… and go” for the 46th annual race.
“It is the longest continuing or continuous point-to-point race in Michigan,” said Tarbutton.
The cross-country ski race stretches from Mancelona, all the way to Bellaire, bringing two communities together.
“The whole point of the Whitepine when it started years ago, was try to do something to bring two communities together, and also try to get some funds together for the Children’s Foundation of Michigan,” said Tarbutton.
The race also serves as a fundraiser, raising money for the Children’s Foundation of Michigan and a local scholarship, which is awarded to one Mancelona High School student each year. Throughout the years, they’ve raised around $100,000 for the Children’s Foundation.
“By having it, we’re gaining more funds for these programs, but we’re also creating a great event to bring individuals together from all over the State who only get to see each other once a year, and it happens to be this race.”
Starting Friday, the day before the race begins, crews will be working to groom the trails.
“It really is a unique race, and the fact that it’s different every year,” said Lindsey Southwell, Shanty Creek Resort Marketing Director. “I think that’s one thing we hear over and over again from skiers, is that they love the race because it’s different every year. It’s never the same, there’s always new challenges, there’s always new courses, and the conditions are always different.”