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Birkie ski races canceled due to weather conditions

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  • Birkebeiner's organizers last day to decide race fate

    Birkebeiner's organizers last day to decide race fate

    Friday, March 10 2017 12:26 PM EST2017-03-10 17:26:02 GMT

    It all comes down to today for the American Birkebeiner. Race officials will meet at 11 a.m. to determine if the snow and trail conditions will allow them to hold tomorrow's ski race as planned. 

    It all comes down to today for the American Birkebeiner. Race officials will meet at 11 a.m. to determine if the snow and trail conditions will allow them to hold tomorrow's ski race as planned. 

HAYWARD, WI -

 The American Birkebeiner has been canceled and replaced with a 5K loop.

Officials made the decision Friday morning after unseasonable weather, rain, and a predicted snow storm front missing the Hayward and Cable areas. 

The decision impacts the 2017 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon cross-country ski races. 

The 5K loop will allow participants to ski once, twice or as many times as they would like.

Buses will begin transporting riders from the Como Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

"Unfortunately, for the second time in the history we had to actually cancel the American Birkiebeiner which is hard. You know, there is people here from 44 states and over 21 countries. And we are all here to celebrate being active outside . The decision ended up being pretty easy ultimately, unfortunately just because we couldn't provide a safe experience. The course was fine to ski on for a few hundred people but not 13,000." said Executive Director of the Birkie Foundation, Ben Popp. 
 

Weather Impact to American Birkebeiner Race Events Over the Years:

1981 – Elites only race 6 laps around 8K track around Mt. Telemark due to weather

1981 – Snow arrives two weeks late, citizen skiers complete Birkie race on March 7th

1983 – Open water on Lake Hayward, race is started on Duffy’s Field (Race direction Hayward to Cable)

1984 – Due to lack of snow, race is started on Duffy’s Field (Race direction Hayward to Cable)

1985 – Due to lack of snow, race is started at Rosie’s Field (Race direction Hayward to Cable)

1991 – Due to Lack of snow, race is started at Rosie’s Field, ironically, 8” of snow fell the morning of the race (Race direction Hayward to Cable)

1998 – The race finished at “OO”, Barnebirkie was a foot race.

2000 – Birkie race canceled for lack of snow

2002 – Race finished in Duffy’s Field after rain on both Friday and Saturday

2007 – With temps of 52º and rain, the Birkie race was shortened to 25K for lack of snow; only elite skiers were timed, open ski for citizen skiers

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