2020 Birkie Bigger than Ever

Brandon Weathers
Updated: February 20, 2020 10:33 PM

The 46th Annual American Birkebeiner continued Thursday with events involving puppies, kids, and adults in goofy costumes. American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation marketing director Nancy Knutson said each of the events had record participation.


Knutson said, "The Barker Birkie, largest it's ever been. Giant Ski, largest it's ever been. The Junior Birkie, loaded to the gills with junior skiers. Barnebirkie, over 1,000 kids, and we still have a lot of events left to go this week. So, lot's of great space for folks to come down and watch all of the festivities in Hayward, and we hope to see them."

Participants throughout Birkie events represent the full spectrum off skill level from first timers to world class athletes.

Olympian couple Caitlin and Brian Gregg missed the Birkie last year to care for their newborn child, now they've returned to Hayward.

Caitlin said, "We really love to embrace the Birkie lifestyle. We feel like there are some athletes that we hope to inspire because our lives have changed, we're working full time and we have a new addition to our family, but we're still just as excited to race the Birkie as ever and give it our best."

Brian said, "I've got family from California to New York to Washington that are here in town and it's just great to have everybody together for the big show."

Caitlin Gregg is the only five-time winner of the American Birkebeiner.

Events continue Friday including the Worldloppet breakfast with special guest Kikkan Randall, the Korte Skate and Classic 29K, and the Prince Haakon 15K.


Brandon Weathers

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