Best photos from the American Birkebeiner

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Santiago Ocariz, left, of Ely, Minn., crosses the finish line of the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Ocariz won the 54-kilometer Birkie Classic with a time of 3 hours, 1 minute, 0.8 seconds. (AP Photo/Paul M. Walsh)

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This is the surge of sporting passion that fills the racing ranks of the 41st annual American Birkebeiner (known as the Birkie), and that makes a frigid morning warm with good cheer and anticipation. It may be two degrees. There may be a headwind. And the finish line might be more than 30 miles away, on Main Street in Hayward, Wisconsin. But these racers are raring to go. - Tracey Minkin

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