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Birkie names new race director

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation in Hayward announced this week that Allan Serrano will be the new director of race operations for the Birkie, the largest ski race in North America.

Serrano, a native of Anoka, Minn., living in New Paltz, N.Y., previously served as an International Ski Federation technical delegate, where he had opportunities to work with race organizers and regional event staff, including at this year’s Birkie. He has also worked race events in Europe and Asia.

Serrano replaces Shellie Milford, who served in the position for 15 years. The two will work together through Milford’s departure in March 2015.

-- Registration for the 2015 Birkie 50/54K, Kortelopet 23K and Prince Haakon 12K will increase by $15 on Aug. 1. As of Friday, 5,789 skiers were registered, well ahead of this time last year, when waves started to close in September and the Birkie and Korte filled on Oct. 8. Go to for more information or to register.


Borst looks to defend Voyageur ultra title

Michael Borst is back to defend his title at today’s Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon.

The 50-mile race goes off at 6 a.m. at Carlton High School, where a pack of more than 230 runners will set out for the Lake Superior Zoo in West Duluth before retracing their steps back to Carlton. Borst was victorious in 2013 with a time of 7 hours, 1 minute and 34 seconds. Training partner Jake Hegge finished second. In 2012, on a course altered dramatically by that year’s historic flooding, Hegge was first and Borst second.

The course record, set in 1998 by Proctor’s Scott Jurek, is 6:41:16.

Last year’s women’s winner, April Anselmo — formerly April Cole — also is in this year’s field, which is the largest in race history.

The Voyageur is one of the nation’s oldest trail ultras; the first one was in 1982.