Largest Cross Country Ski Race In America In Hayward Wisc. Expects Great Weather

Largest Cross Country Ski Race In America In Hayward Wisc. Expects Great Weather


WELCOME BACK. IT IS A BIG WEEK FOR A SMALL TOWN IN WESTERN WISCONSIN. THIS YEAR’S AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER IS SATURDAY IN HAYWARD. IT IS THE LARGEST CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RACE IN NORTH AMERICA. THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE RACE ARE BUSY. GIVING US A PREVIEW TONIGHT IS THE RACE DIRECTOR. GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT IS BEEN A YEAR. IT IS TIME FOR SKI RACING, RIGHT? FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW, TALK ABOUT THE BIRKEBEINER, A WINTER TRADITION. THE AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER IS THE THIRD-LARGEST RACE IN THE WORLD. 13,000 PEOPLE MAKE THE TRIP TO NORTHERN WISCONSIN TO GO FROM CABLE TO HAYWARD. ANOTHER 25,000 OR 30,000 SPECTATORS CELEBRATE SKIING AND BEING OUTSIDE AND ACTIVE IN HAYWARD, WISCONSIN., JOIN US. I WAS THERE THE ONLY TIME IN RACE HISTORY THE EVENT WAS CANCELED BECAUSE IT WAS WARM A FEW YEARS BACK. HOW ABOUT GOING INTO THIS RACE YEAR.? 2017 WAS A BAD YEAR. THIS YEAR IS INTERESTING. WE HAD A LOT OF SNOW IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN EARLY IN THE WINTER. WE HAVE NOT HAD MUCH FOR THREE WEEKS. WE HAVE HAD WARMER TEMPERATURES. NOW IT IS COLD. THE RACE CONDITIONS ARE IDEAL. I THINK WE ARE LOOKING AT A RECORD SPEED THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE COURSES ARE HARD AND FAST. THE ELITE ATHLETES LOVE THAT. SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE WHO IS JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT THE 15 KM. IT WILL BE FABULOUS CONDITIONS. NOW WE LOOK AT TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE 30s BY WEEKEND. IT WILL BE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. NICE FOR SPECTATORS. NEW THIS YEAR, YOU ARE BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. THE ENVIRONMENT, SNOW, WINTER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO A CROSS COUNTRY SKI RACE. BIRKIE GREEN IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO TO BE GENTLER ON THE ENVIRONMENT. THINK ABOUT 13,000 PEOPLE SKIING 35 MILES. THAT TAKES ALMOST 110,000 CUPS OF NUTRITION TO GET THEM ON THE ROAD. IMAGINE, HAVING TO PUT THAT IN A LANDFILL. HAVING REUSABLE OR COMPOSTABLE CUPS, JUST A LITTLE STEP. THIS YEAR THERE IS A TRASH PENALTY AS WELL. ANYBODY WHO THROWS LITTER OUTSIDE OF ONE OF THE A NATIONS GETS A 15 MINUTE TIME PENALTY. THINGS LIKE THAT. EVEN USING SOLAR POWER TO POWER ALL THOSE A STATIONS AND WELLS AND WATER. LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WE HOPE. TALK ABOUT THE CELEBRITY WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE TAKEN RANDALL AND JESSE DIGGINS. THEY WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN 2018. JESSE DIGGINS. KEEGAN IS SPECTACULAR. SHE STARTED FAST AND FEMALE, A PROGRAM FOR YOUNG WOMEN IN SPORT. SHE IS A CANCER SURVIVOR. SHE IS A GLOBAL MEDALIST. WHEN SHE COMES, SHE IS AN UNBELIEVABLE ADVOCATE AND A GREAT ROLE MODEL. TO HAVE HER HERE AS PART OF THE EVENT IS SPECTACULAR. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE HER. THERE IS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT SURROUNDING THIS SPORT RIGHT NOW. THE CELEBRITIES HELP. THERE IS THIS WORLD CUP IN MARCH IN MINNEAPOLIS. THAT IS IT. IT IS AMAZING. THE BEST GEARS IN THE WORLD WILL BE IN ANNAPOLIS IN MARCH. IT IS A PREVIEW EVENT. THE BEST SKIERS. THE THING ABOUT THE BIRKIE, IT IS THE ELITE MARKET. YOU MIGHT BE OUT 8 HOURS SKIING. IT IS AWESOME TO SEE THE BEST ATHLETES COMING HERE IN MARCH. THIS IS THE PREVIEW. I TELL YOU, THE EXCITEMENT IS HOT. RATE PROGRAMS. ALL AROUND THE MIDWEST, THEY ARE THE LARGEST THEY HAVE EVER BEEN. THERE ARE EFFORTS GOING THEM ORGANICALLY. THERMAL MODELS HELP A LOT. ALSO THERE IS A SHORTER RACE. IT HAS SOLD OUT EARLIER. THE ONE HALF BIRKEBEINER SOLD OUT WITH RECORD NUMBERS BEFORE THE LARGER BIRKEBEINER DID. IT IS A TESTAMENT. WE THINK OF IT AS A GATEWAY EVENT. IT IS EASIER TO START THERE. THINK OF IT AS A HALF MARATHON. IT IS MORE AND MORE POPULAR. PERHAPS NOT TRAIN AS MUCH. TO SEE THE EVENT LIKE THAT FILL UP BEFOREHAND IS AWESOME. IT SHOWS THE LEVEL OF THE SPORT GROWING QUICKLY. IF YOU DO NOT STRAP ON SKIS THIS WEEKEND, THERE IS MORE TO DO IN HAYWARD. TELL US WHAT SPECTATORS CAN DO. WHEN YOU PUT SNOW DOWN MAIN STREET OF A SMALL TOWN IN WISCONSIN, IT MEANS A BIG PARTY. YOU WILL SEE 13,000 PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN HAYWARD LINED WITH BARS AND RESTAURANTS. IT IS A HUGE HANGOUT. EVERYTHING FROM YOUTH EVENTS TO HARNESSING YOUR DOG AND SKIJORING. THERE IS LIVE MUSIC AND FOOD. IT IS A CARNIVAL. WE CALL IT THE GREATEST SHOW ON SNOW. IT WILL BE FUN. POTENTIALLY A RECORD RECORD. LOTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND. THE FORECAST LOOKS GOOD. IT LOOKS FANTASTIC.

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