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Skiers coming down the stretch of Main Street in Hayward, Wis., home of the Birkebeiner. Photo by - Karen Skoyles

Cross-country skiers gather in Wisconsin for annual competition

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Birkie Fever. Over 10,000 people are infected with it, and there doesn’t seem to be a cure.

The fever is managed annually in the Cable-Hayward area of Wisconsin in mid-February, and it brings out the odd in outwardly appearing “normal” people. There is no other possible explanation for their behavior. Normal people do not subject themselves to skiing a 50- or 54-km race.

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