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Ben Popp, executive director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, was one of five recipients of the Governor’s Tourism Award given out Tuesday, March 13 during the annual Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel & Fox Cities Exhibition Center i…

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The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has created the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner (FEAB) to support the Birkie vision far into the future. The endowment is a 501c3 nonprofit with an independent board of trustees. Its function is to establish and oversee a perma…

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Every time Deanna and John Jaeckel return to Hayward it feels like the collective heart of the city grows larger and beats deeper.

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Noreen Leahy of Hayward has a competitive spirit that has carried her through numerous Birkebeiner races, despite a horrific accident that left her in a coma years ago.

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The American Birkebeiner will be a part of two major Cup series in 2018, so this year’s Birkie will have a strong field of international athletes competing.

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Trim, fit and speaking with a French accent, Remi Ardiet, 23, could very well be mistaken for a European elite skier about to push off from the front of the 2018 American Birkebeiner.

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Last year Birkie organizers and skiers spent an agonizing week leading up to the Birkie wondering if the diminishing snow cover would hold for the race. It didn’t. The forecast teased of possible race-saving snow on Friday night, but it didn’t happen.

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Multiple law enforcement, medical and civil safety personnel will be working during American Birkebeiner weekend to assist in the safe and secure running of this international event for both skiers and spectators.

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During the 2017 Birkie week, documentarian filmmaker Diogo Freire was in Hayward to showcase his film, “Facing the Surge,” concerning cities, such as Norfolk, Virginia, already facing sea level rise because of climate change.