Celebrate the Birkie's 40th Anniversary - February 21 - 23, 2013
There are many other events that happen during the course of the weekend and days before:
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The American Birkebeiner ski race in Wisconsin was created in 1973 as a dream of the late Tony Wise. It started out with 34 men and one lone woman as race participants. Read more about history of race here. The race currently enlists 9,500 racers each year. Throughout the weekend festivities there are about 11,000 skiers of all ages and abilities and about 20,000 estimated spectators.
Today, the Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race--the legendary American Birkebeiner--The Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 88-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. Located near Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, the Birkie is now an outdoor sports mecca, a series of great races, a fitness destination, and a lifestyle. Ski . Run . Live!