Pre-Birkie 2018

The morning of February 10, 2018, was a cold one!  The temperature at the start of the race was about -5 degrees.  But, the very cold temperature did not keep  nearly 800 hardy cross-country skiers from competing in the Hayward Lions Club 36th Pre-Birkie.  At least it was sunny for the race–this helped from a psychological stand point.There were 353 skiers that finished the 26-kilometer short race and 373 skiers finished the 42-kilometer marathon.  The race draws skiers from all over the Midwest.    The skiers were served brats, beer and donuts at the end of the race.