Alayna Sonnesyn, and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci, made it to Hayward, WI and won the Birkie for the first time.

With skiers from 23 countries & 49 States, it was an exciting race with 3 men making it a sprint to the finish. According to the Birkie website,

There was a fraction of a second between the finishers, Maifeld-Carucci took the top spot with a time of 2:12:34, Brian Gregg, Minneapolis, MN, was right behind with a time of 2:12:35, and Matt Liebsch, Orono, MN, skied across the finish line with a time of 2:12:43.


In the women’s skate race, Alayna Sonnesyn crossed the line nearly a minute before her nearest competitor with a time of 2:34:00, followed by Anja Gruber, Bozeman, MT, with a time of 2:34:54, and followed by Katie Feldman, Ketchum, ID, with a time of 2:35:08. Feldman’s finish clinched the race as an entirely American podium for the Birkie skate race.


50K Skate Results from


1. Akeo Maifeld-Carucci, Craftsbury Common, Vt., 2:12.34.9; 2. Brian Gregg, Minneapolis, 2:12.35.8; 3. Matt Liebsch, Orono, Minn., 2:12.43.4; 4. Adam Luban, Ketchum, Idaho, 2:13.04.6; 5. Thomas O'Harra, Anchorage, Alaska, 2:12.12.7; 6. Linard Lindschi, Davos Platz, Switzerland, 2:13.19.1; 7. Forrest Mahlen, Anchorage, 2:13.37.6; 8. Eric Packer, Anchorage, 2:13.47.3; 9. Luke Brown, St. Paul, 2:14.05.5; 10. Rogan Brown, Bozeman, Mont., 2:14.39.6.


1. Alayna Sonnesyn, South Londonderry, Vt., 2:34:00.1; 2. Anja Gruber, Bozeman, Mont., 2:34.54.7; 3. Katie Feldman, Ketchum, Idaho, 2:35:08.7; 4. Becca Rorabaugh, Fairbanks, Alaska, 2:36.17.2; 5. Caroline Brisbois, Falcon Heights, Minn., 2:38:03.0; 6. Hannah Cole, Bozeman, 2:39.13.9: 7. Marit Sonnesyn, Plymouth, Minn., 2:41.52.3; 8. Laura McCabe, Wintrop, Wash., 2:42.24.8; 9. Hannah Bettendorf, Duluth, 2:42.36.1; 10. Madison Morgan, Ketchum, 2:45:21.0.

The 46th Annual Slumberland American Birkebeiner Week will take place on February 20-23, 2020.

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