JACK McKAIG - (1943-2018) John (Jack) McKaig was an attorney and ran his business in downtown Mancelona. Jack served in various capacities with the Mancelona Chamber of Commerce as President, Vice President, and Board member, and as a Mancelona Public Schools Board Member. In 1977, along with Gus Knopnicki, Jack founded the White Pine Stampede, a point-to-point Cross Country ski race. The race course changed through the years, and now begins at Mancelona High School and ends at Shanty Creek Resort’s Schuss Village in Mancelona, and Summit Village in Bellaire. The WPS drew national media coverage and hundreds of skiers from around the country and abroad. Volunteers from Mancelona and Bellaire communities worked the race alongside Jack each year. Jack served as the Race Director for 42 years, until his passing. The White Pine Stampede continues today, and his wife, Beth, is still actively involved.