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Birkie 2015!

It's almost here! February 19-22, 2015 the races will be run!

I was in Hayward, Wisconsin last week and ski fever was in full swing.  The 50k American Birkebeiner creates a lot of excitement at Apple Awards too since they are located in Hayward and are among its supporters.  This race has been described as a form of citizen olympics because it is open to anyone who wants to compete, from countries all around the world.  It has grown from 30 some skiers the first year to over 10,000 and is a major winter event for the small northern Wisconsin town. 

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It's also described as a "lifestyle" that gets people on the Birkie Trail in all four seasons - walking, snowshoeing, skiing, and biking on the associated single track trails as well as the main thoroughfare.  Local residents not only keep the trail groomed and ready but also enjoy it's use as members of the trail association.  My niece and nephew ski the trail regularly with the high school ski team and their parents, owners of Apple Awards, are avid skiers as well.  Last week the discussion was all about snow, and the hope was that more would come before the race.  

To share the excitement with all Apple Awards's clients, Dennis asked that we highlight this year's race in a blog post.  For any of you who want a quick four minute taste of last year's course, you can get it by clicking here.  As I researched the race on Youtube I found there was no way I could stop at four minutes.  I found a video of the 2013 race, the whole first half, with over two hours of snowy woods and thousands of people making their way up and down the hills taken from a hat cam on one of the participants.  

There was already snow on the trail in November this year and we had a great time getting out there, looking at all the beautiful whiteness and skiing.  Well, some of us skied.  I walked and spent a great deal of time in the warming cabin by the fireplace, but even that was fun.  

Here's hoping that all of you are enjoying this glimpse into the American Birkie, and enjoying winter, whatever it's like in your neck of the woods!

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