Birkebeiner cross country ski race canceled due to warm weather, rain
HAYWARD, Wis. — Warm weather and rain have resulted in the cancellation of the Birkebeiner race in Hayward this weekend.
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, which runs the race every year, announced the cancellation Friday afternoon.
The decision was made after a snowstorm predicted for the area missed the Hayward and Cable areas.
The foundation made changes to the race a couple of days ago, eliminating the finish in downtown Hayward and the approach across Lake Hayward due to questionable ice conditions.
“While we know Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon skiers are disappointed with this announcement, I am confident that the ABSF staff did everything within their power to preserve the trail for a safe race,” Ben Popp, ABSF executive director, said in a statement. “We know that the Birkie is so much more than a race to so many. Birkie skiers are passionate about the overall experience.
The Hayward area experienced record high temperatures this week and over 1.5 inches of rain. Race officials closed the Birkie Trail from Cable to Hayward eight days ago to preserve the trail for this week’s originally planned races.
Instead of the race, organizers are planning a celebration instead at the starting point of the race. Participants will be able to ski a 5K route and listen to live music instead of racing.
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