So you want to ski the Birkie, but don't have the guts to stand in with the big boys and girls. Hayward Lions club will be holding their 35th annual Pre-Birkie Fun Race. This is a huge fundraiser for them and also includes some other events. They have a whole weekend planned.

Those of you that do want to do the Birkie, this is a great way to prepare for it, and you get a sweatshirt. There are two courses you can follow, the 28k and 42k, and both include 4 food stops manned by local youth groups. All will have Hammer Nutrition’s Heed energy drink, water and bananas with the exception of the first station, which does not serve bananas. The finish line food station will also serve doughnuts. “NEW” Celebrate this year’s race finish with a Beer and Brat to celebrate the Hayward Lions 35th Annual Pre-Birkie!

The Classic start begins on Saturday February 11th at 9:30 am and the skating start begins at 10a. 26Km and 42Km Skate and 26Km and 42Km ClassicRaces Start at Lake Hayward Finish at OO Seeley.

Plus, as part of the weekend the Hayward Lions club will host a "Carbo Load" Dinner with all you can eat spagetti with meat sauce and garlic bread served until 9 pm Friday.