I was just sent this press release calling for Birkie Volunteers. I've worked the gravel pit aid station in the past, and let me tell you--it is a BLAST! This is a great way to be a art of the race and take in all the colors, enthusiasm, and poetry that is America's greatest cross-country ski race! If you're not doing anything Feb. 22, please consider helping out and handing off drinks! Those of us skiing the race would like to offer our sincerest thanks in advance :) !
Here's the full release:
Wisconsins’s Birkebeiner Ski Race Seeks Volunteers
CABLE--In just over two weeks, the Olympics will come to Wisconsin in the form of the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon, the largest ski race in the United States, Feb. 22.
Celebrating 41 years of bringing skiers from all over the world to ski 52 kilometers from Cable to Hayward, the Birkie offers a unique opportunity to see Olympic-class athletes competing in our area. Many athletes, and members of international skiing teams who didn’t make the final roster for Sochi, will travel to northwest Wisconsin to ski the Birkie this year.
Over 11,000 skiers are registered to take part in Birkebeiner events that are held around the Hayward area Feb. 20-23.
Over two thousand volunteers are needed each year to provide liquids and on-course nutrition to the skiers during the race. There are nine food stations on the race route, spaced over the 52 kilometers, and race organizers are in need of volunteers every year to provide this support. This can be used as a community service project for most students. Volunteers receive Birkie hats and event pins, lunch, a volunteer party invitation with a chance to win door prizes.
|Art Martin, Frederic volunteering at the 2013 Birkie. Art is also the volunteer groomer for the Trade River Ski Trail near Frederic.|
If you would like to be part of this rich history of the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon, and would consider helping for a few hours on Saturday, Feb. 22, call local Birkebeiner Race Chief, William Johnson, at 715-327-4158 for more information.
Every year there are skiers from almost all 50 States and as many as 20 Countries competing at the Birkie. This is a chance to show off the best of our country to the world. For more information on the race and its unique place in Wisconsin history visit: www.birkie.com