This multimedia video produced by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board follows John Kotar through the 2010 American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race from Cable to Hayward, WI. Having skied every “Birkie” since it started in 1973, John shares his experience and how the race is being threatened by climate change.

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Production Credits:
Finn Ryan – producer, director, photography
David Nevala – photography, video, editing
Chris Linder – editing
Asche and Spencer – music

Special Thanks:
John Kotar
Cherie Morgan – American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
Michael Notaro – Center for Climatic Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison

© 2010 Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

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