Telemark Lodge Open for Birkebeiner Ski Race

By KBJR News 1

January 26, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's Newscenter)--The financially troubled Telemark Lodge resort will be open now through March 1st to accommodate the needs of the American Birkebeiner Ski Race.

This year marks the 38th annual American Birkebeiner cross country ski race.

The 88–kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts all outdoor enthusiasts to the Hayward and Cable areas of Wisconsin.

This year, 9,000 racers are expected to participate in the Birkebeiner Ski Race.

For many the Telemark Lodge is an integral part of the Birkie, and its pending sale has been closely watched by event organizers.

"We still have some alternative plans, but we will be using the facility on race day so skiers have a great warm place to go pick up their bibs if they haven't already done so and kind of wait for the race start in a nice warm building," said American Birkebeiner Media Coordinator, Cherie Morgan.

The opening ceremony for the race will occur Thursday, February 24Th at 12:15 PM on Hayward's Main Street.

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