Nearly 700 skiers turned out Saturday, Feb. 8, for the 38th annual Hayward Lions Pre-Birkie races of 42 and 26 kilometers on the Birkebeiner Trail.

For the second consecutive year, the races started and finished at the Kortelopet start area off Highway 00. The weather was ideal, with temperatures in the teens, along with mostly sunny skies and a breeze up to 7 mph.

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