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American Birkebeiner ski race canceled due to weather

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 14:25:19-05

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) -- Organizers of the American Birkebeiner ski race have canceled this year's event in northern Wisconsin.

A snowstorm that dumped more than 10 inches of snow in parts of Wisconsin since Thursday missed the Hayward and Cable area where the annual cross-country race is held. Officials say record high temperatures and rain recently have left the Birkie course unsafe for a race on Saturday.

The accompanying races, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon, are also canceled.

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation bills the event as the largest country-country ski race in North America.  Last year's event attracted more than 13,000 skiers from 46 states and 22 countries.

 

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