Despite Cancelled Race, Businesses In Hayward Still Saw Revenue
Birkebeiner May Have Been Cancelled But People Still Supported Local Businesses
This year’s Birkebeiner was different, due to the race being cancelled.
With the race being cancelled for only the 2nd time in 44 years, many were celebrating.
‘Birkie Fever’ is what they call and some businesses say this weekend was one of the best.
The Birkebeiner brings thousands of people to the small town of Hayward every year. Birkie or no Birkie you best believe they’re still coming.
“Been doing this race for a long time and got a lot of friends here. We had a big cabin with about ten people so we weren’t going to cancel our flight out just because we weren’t sure about the race,” says Tom Jeanne, Portland Oregon Skier.
Unlike in 2000 when the trail lacked any snow, this year there was still enough to ski.
“We figured we’d at least have the chance to get on snow, ski with some friends, celebrate drink a little beer and sure we did it was fantastic,” says Tom Jeanne.
“It was either real close or even a little better than it was last year,” says David Moeller, Owner of Grid Iron Pub & Grub.
“We were busy all the way through our main busy time yesterday was after the race so everyone still came and had lunch,” says Amanda Briggs, Barista at Hayward Coffee Company.
Without the race things just weren’t the same.
“It’s so sad not seeing main street just not full of people with their cowbells, but it was still fun,” says Briggs.
With thousands of supporters cheering them on as they cross the finish line is what brings racers back year after year.
“I keep asking myself that throughout the whole race, what am I doing here, why am I doing this. Then I get to Main Street to the finish and I say ah, this is why,” Says Bob Jeanne, Skier from Madison.
Some were left disappointed and ready for next year, but for everyone Birkie fever lives on.