Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declared February 19th through the 26th American Birkebeiner Week.
In Walker's proclamation, he notes the event is North America's largest cross-country ski race and contributes to roughly $26 million in sports revenue for Sawyer and Bayfield counties.
Roughly 13,000 cross-country skiers participate in the week of events.
According to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, more than 250,000 skiers have participated in the races since 1973.
This year, the race will be celebrating the permanent start area of the new American Birkebeiner Trailhead.
We've included a schedule of events throughout the week and some fun facts.
-9 a.m. Birkie Adaptive Events
-10 a.m. Barkie Birkie Skijor
-11:15 a.m. Nikkerbeiner Parade
-11:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Torch Lighting
-12:00 p.m. Barnebirkie
- 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Slumberland American Birkebeiner Expo
- 2 p.m. Junior Birkie
- 4:20 p.m. Birkie Sprints
- 5:30 p.m. Birkie Giant Ski
- 5:30 p.m. Birkie Bash
- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. American Birkebeiner Expo
-10:15 a.m. Kortelopet - 29K Classic & Skate
- 1:15 p.m. Prince Haakon 15K
-8:15 a.m. 44th Annual Slumberland American Birkebeiner 50K Skate/55K Classic
- 7 p.m. Birkebeinerne (The Last King)
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-Snow Ski & Fat Bike Demo
- 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Fast & Female Champ Chat
- 12 p.m. Birkebeiner (The Last King)
Can't wait for more Birkie events next winter? More events happen in Hayward in the spring, summer and fall.
-The Fat Bike Birkie 47K and 20K will be held on March 11th.
-The Lumberjack Run/Walk Around Lake Hayward will be held on July 22nd.
-The Birkie Trail Run Festival will be held on September 30th.
Ever wondered how many people and items are needed for the Birkie? Here are the numbers released by the American Birkebeiner from 2016:
13,500+ skiers participate in races every year
25,000 to 30,000 Spectators
90 National Ski Patrol Skiers
5,000 Cups of hot chocolate
600 Gallons of soup
5,000 Gallons of water
1,500 Gallons of sport drink
200 Portable Toilets
50+ Miles of snow covered forest trails
30 foot wide course
10,000 Ski stickers
26,000 Skis & Poles
Every hotel room and spare bedroom for miles around
Still not enough trivia? Here's how much it takes to put on one of the longest ski races in America:
Birkie Expo: $64,300
Food Stations: $49,000
Main Street Snow w/Public Works: $78,000
Medical & Security (EMS and Police): $44,500
Operations Staff: $156,900
Other Birkie Week Events: $24,900
Permits, Private Property/Insurance: $8,000
Signs & Communications: $25,900
Skier Bibs, Bags, Gifts, Pens, Medals: $175,500
Sound, Announcing, Video: $35,900
Start/Finish Tents, Infrastructure: $114,100
Timing & Registration: $89,500
Trail Prep & Final Grooming: $50,000
Volunteer Expenses: $48,300
+ Miscellaneous: $49,900