American Birkebeiner marks 40th anniversary

CABLE, Wis. (AP) -- A record number of skiers are expected for the 40th anniversary of the American Birkebeiner in northern Wisconsin this weekend.

The Birkie is billed as the largest Nordic ski race in North America. And this year, skiers from 21 countries and 48 states will participate.

Birkie organizers say more than 13,000 will ski the 50-kilometer Birkebeiner Saturday, 23-kilometer Kortelopet and 12-K Prince Haakon. The races attract another 15,000 spectators.

Conditions look pretty good for the races. Snow over the last two weeks has created a solid course between Cable and Hayward. The Journal Sentinel says Matt Liebsch, of Orono, Minn., and Brian Gregg, of Minneapolis, are among the favorites to win the Birkebeiner.


The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 192481011 - weau.com/a?a=192481011
Gray Television, Inc.