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Wisconsin’s Birkebeiner Ski Race Seeks Volunteers

Area media release From William Johnson

CABLE--In just over a week, the Winter Olympics will come to Wisconsin in the form of the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon, the largest ski race in the United States, Sat., Feb. 25.

Celebrating 44 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. Athletes, and members of international skiing teams, who compete for their countries in Olympic years, will travel to northwest Wisconsin to ski the Birkie. Several million dollars are pumped into Northwest Wisconsin’s economy each year by the Birkie, and people stay as far away from Hayward as Siren, to be part of the event.

Over 12,000 skiers are registered to take part in Birkebeiner events that are held around the Hayward area Feb. 23-26.

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, and a volunteer party invitation with a chance to win door prizes.

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 Friday, Feb. 24, or Saturday, Feb. 25, email local Birkebeiner Race Chief of the Gravel Pit Food Station, William Johnson, for more information.

New in 2017 is the Korteloppet race being held on Friday the 24th and volunteers are also needed at the Gravel Pit food stop for a couple hours.

Registration to volunteer is easy on-line. Just go to and click through the steps under volunteering, scroll down and click on the Gravel Pit food station from the list of options. You can choose the Korteloppet on Friday, or the full Birkie on Saturday (or both, if you really feel like being a mega-volunteer!)

Every year there are skiers from all 50 States and as many as 20 Countries competing at the Birkie. This is a chance to show off the best of the USA to the world. For more information on the race and its unique place in Wisconsin history visit: 

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