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Caitlin Gregg, of Minneapolis, Minn., crosses the finish line at the American Birkebeiner, in Hayward, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in the women's skate division. Gregg had a time of 2:40:57.4. (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