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Birkie Update: Friday events re-scheduled for Saturday

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HAYWARD, WI -

One day after the announcement  that skiers won't finish the American Birkebeiner race in downtown Hayward, race officials said Duffy's Field just outside of Hayward and the Birkie Trail south of Highway OO are no longer feasible for the Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon Events.

Race officials say even with snow in the forecast, a downtown or Hayward area finish will not be reinstated.

Race coordinators are working on contingency plans for Friday and Saturday events with a focus on the Birkie Trails north of Highway OO.

Due to trail and weather conditions, the following events have been canceled:

  • Nikkerbeiner and Opening Ceremonies
  • Elite Sprints
  • Birkie Adaptive Ski

In addition, all events previously scheduled for Friday, February 24th have been moved to Saturday, February 25th, including the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races.

Race officials have determined the following scenarios for events on the 25th:

  • With some new snow remaining on the trails from the American Birkebeiner Trailhead to the OO Trailhead (at Highway OO), Birkie staff are monitoring trail conditions.  With hopes of measurable snow on Friday, there is a slim chance that a one-way, timed race could be held (American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races).
  • If there is enough snow and conditions are capable to allow over 10,000 participants to safely ski, however unsafe for a competitive race, there is a possibility of an untimed, open track, looped-event on the Birkie Trail (north of OO) for the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon events.
  • If snow is unavailable, 2017 will be the first-ever winter Birkie run and street party celebration in downtown Hayward.  Live music, Birkie Brew-Ski and food vendors would be on hand.

Revised and Current Birkie Week Schedule:

Thursday, February 23rd
10 a.m: Barkie Birkie Canicross (Running Skijor Race) - Hatchery Creek Park
12 p.m: Barnebirkie Adventure Fun Run - Hatchery Creek Park
1 p.m. - 8 p.m: Slumberland American Birkebeiner Expo - Hayward High School
2 p.m: Junior Birkie Run! - Hatchery Creek Park
5:30 p.m: Birkie Bash Pasta & Salad Buffet - Steakhouse & Lodge

Friday, February 24th
8 a.m: Worldloppet Breakfast - Flat Creek Inn & Suites
9 a.m. - 8 p.m: Slumberland American Birkebeiner Expo - Hayward High School

Saturday, February 25th
Time TBD: Slumberland American Birkebeiner Event - Location TBD
Time TBD: Kortelopet Event - Location TBD
TIME TBD: Prince Haakon Event - Location TBD
TIME TBD: Birkie Giant Ski Event - Location TBD
7 p.m: Birkebeinerne (The Last King) - Park Center Theater

Sunday, February 26th
9 a.m: Birchleggings Club Breakfast - Steakhouse & Lodge
9 a.m: Birkie Ski & Fat Bike Demo Event - Location TBD
9:30 a.m: Fast & Female Champ Chat - Hayward High School
12 p.m: Birkebeinerne (The Last King) - Park Center Theater

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