Hayward, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - The countdown is on for the 38th running of the American Birkebeiner from February 24-26 in Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin.
This year the American Birkebeiner will welcome the largest field ever with more than 11,000 skiers.
While around 8,800 skiers set their sights on the 50 kilometer Birkie Skate, 54K Birkie Classic presented by Becker Law, 23K Kortelopet presented by Marshfield Clinic, Hayward Center, another 2,500 are bound for 12K Prince Haakon presented by State Bank of Drummond and shorter races and events that dominate the three-day event.
The Birkebeiner is part of the Worldloppet, a circuit of 15 Nordic ski races held on four continents.
Skiers can pick up their race bibs and packets for the 50K Birkie Skate, 54K Birkie Classic, 23K Kortelopet, Prince Haakon 12K and Birkie Sit-Ski at Hayward Middle School on Thursday, February 24th from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., on Friday, February 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on race morning at Telemark Resort, Saturday, February 26th from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.