40th American Birkebeiner
What: North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon
Where:Fifty kilometers from Cable to Main Street in Hayward (54 kilometers for classic skiers)
When:8 a.m. Saturday
Who:A record field of 10,000 s registered for the Birkie and its support races, the 23K Kortelopet and the 12K Prince Haakon. In all, there will be 13,000 participants during the three-day event.
Today’s schedule in Hayward:12:30 p.m.: Barnebirkie races for children ages 3 to 13 down Main Street, followed by Ski Games at 1:30 p.m. and Elite Sprints at 2:30 p.m.;
1-9 p.m.: Birkie Expo (at Hayward Middle School); 5 p.m.: “Nikkerbeiner” 5K featuring wooden skis and retro gear celebrating Birkie’s 40 years; 6 p.m.: torch lighting, welcome ceremony and parade of nations followed by “Blast with the Past” event in the Celebration Tent and Family Fun Ski.
Saturday’s forecast:Thirty percent chance of snow with a light wind and high of 32 degrees
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