Cross-country ski race in Antrim County gearing up for 41st year

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An annual cross-country ski race that runs through Antrim County is marking the milestone of raising more than $100,000 for charity.

The White Pine Stampede has taken place in northern Michigan for 40 years.

There are three races – 10, 20 and 50 kilometers.

“It’s a small little race, it’s not a festival, it’s not anything that we’re trying to prove anything, we’re just having a ski race for people who want to cross country ski.”

Jack McKaig is the race director. He said the stampede has been raising money for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan since it began.

“Once as year, various organizations and individuals from both towns come out and work in the cold and it just makes everyone feel good, so there again there’s a small little town doing some good.”

McKaig said he expects about 500 participants in this year’s event, which is scheduled for February 4.