2013 AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER: The calls of volunteers holding cups of energy drink out to passing skiers rang above the ever-present din of cowbells Saturday at the American Birkebeiner’s Highway OO food station.
Italian Fabio Santus won the 37th American Birkebeiner cross-country ski marathon in record time today, blistering a pace from Cable to downtown Hayward. Rebecca Dussault of Gunnison, Colo., defended her title and also set a record in the women's race.
Organizers are confident today's Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon ski races will have more than 7,400 participants, second most in the event’s 36 years. Keep checking back to duluthnewstribune.com today for race updates and photos.
Javier Herdocia and Danilo Cisneros of Nicaragua tried skiing not long after they arrived at Telemark Resort in December for an international work program. On Saturday, they will become the first Nicaraguans to race in the 23-kilometer Kortelopet as part of the 36th American Birkebeiner cross-country ski marathon.
The 36th American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race will be run in its entirety Saturday with a finish on Main Street in Hayward, race officials announced Tuesday.
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