Race to the Finish: 40th Annual Birkebeiner (With Photos)

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Krista Burns

Race to the Finish: 40th Annual Birkebeiner (With Photos)

February 24, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 3:57 AM CDT

Cable, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Clanging cowbells and encouraging cheers could be heard throughout the day as thousands converged on Cable, WI and Hayward, WI for the 40th Annual American Birkebeiner.

There was plenty of snow across the trail, however fresh snow fall on Friday and continued light snow on Saturday slowed down some of the racers as they took on the Birkie with a little more caution.

About 10,000 skiers made up the 50 kilometer Birkie Skate, 54K Birkie Classic, 23K Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races.

15,000 spectators filled the length of the trail, cheering on each skier as they passed by, helping them to reach their goal.

Sergio Bonaldi from Italy came out the winner of the Birkebeiner Skate race with a time of two hours and nine minutes.

The winner of the Birkebeiner classic was Doug Debold from Wayzata with a time of two hours and fifty minutes.

Check out these photos from start to finish of the 2013 Birkie. Congratulations to all the skiers who took on this amazing accomplishment.

Pictures by Krista Burns and Zach Vavricka
Posted to the web by Krista Burns