Three Brothers Complete a Milestone at 40th Annual Birkebeiner

By KBJR News 1

February 23, 2013 Updated Feb 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM CST

Hayward, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The 40th Annual American Birkebeiner Ski race kicked off Saturday moring.

As people from around the world waited to compete, three brothers were on the sidelines waiting to compleate a milestone.

"I'm pretty anxious, lets get on with it," said Jim Anderson.

"I'm ready to get'er done," said his brother, Lon Anderson.

"Nervous energy, want to get going...want to get to Hayward," said the last, Bryan Anderson.

After today's race, the Anderson brothers will have competed in 100 American Birkebeiner Ski races between the three of them.

The race draws over 31,000 skiers and spectators with about 700 people starting in each heat.

"This is probably the pretentious part, making sure you get in the gate on time, get all your stuff together, make sure you don't trip over anybody else. Get your pole wraped around somebody else, break a pole, otherwise you day might be done in a hurry," said Lon.

The Birkebeiner, also known as "the Birkie" is a 50K ski race through the snowy landscape of Northwest Wisconsin starting in Cable and ending on Hayward's Main Street.

But the landscape has some challenges.

"Its 30 Miles like a highway cut through the woods... once you get out of here its all hills until you get to Lake Hayward, then its flat again, but for about 45 kilometers you are doing hills," said Jim.

After doing so many races, they have come to know many different people and how to prepare.

"Train, decided you are going to do and do it. It's as much mental as it is physical," said the yongest brother Bryan.

Still the most exciting part is crossing that finish line.

"I'm glad to be done, the finish line is the best part I think,"

"The finish line is something special it really is,"

Made even more special by the one hundred race milestone - a result of years of dedication and brotherly love.

The winner of the Birkebeiner Skate race was Sergio Bonaldi from Italy 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.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com