Birkie locals

Area residents who competed in this year’s Birkebeiner from left are Dean Hanke, Don Meyer, Andy Didion, Dave Ring and Kathi Cauley.

HAYWARD — Over 8,000 skiers hit the trails to compete in the 49th running of the 50K American Birkebeiner on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Snow conditions for the largest cross country ski race in the country were good considering the 14 inches of new snow that fell the day before the 29K Kortie on Friday.

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