After the Race

  • Get a feed. The feed tent has soup, bread, bananas, cookies, and all sorts of things you may want. By soup, we mean warm, chicken-y salt water with some overcooked pasta. You want that.
  • Get a feed. The celebration tent has food for sale, like brats. You are in Wisconsin, so you really should have a brat. Plus, you just burned 2000-4000 calories, so you really should have a brat.
  • Get a feed. Many establishments around town sell lots of food. You can smell the sausages sizzling up and down Main Street. It’s all good.
  • Get a feed. Last year, we went in to the Marketplace and someone said “I smell chicken.” We bought a rotisserie chicken. We took it out on the lake and ate it with our hands. It was glorious.
  • Get a beer. You’re in a small town in Northern Wisconsin. There are probably ten bars to choose from. Skiers are welcome at any of them. For packaged liquor, find a liquor store/gas station. The Marketplace (the one you may have hallucinated coming off the lake as you skied around it) has a good selection. It’s Wisconsin, after all. If you are under 21 and have a Birkie bib, well, you can probably take your chances. If you are under 21 and are with a parent or guardian, drink up! It’s legal in Wisconsin. Can you drink on the lake? We’re not sure, but considering there are people who sit there in lawn chairs with Jim Beam feeds, we’re pretty sure people will look the other way on Birkieday. (Or year-round. It’s Wisconsin.)
  • Get on a bus. Buses to parking lots at Telemark and Como leave often about a block up past the finish line. Since the buses take a while to get you to your car, it’s a good chance to sober up!
  • Get ready to wait. With the new bridge, Hayward devolves in to gridlock much less so than it used to. Although it’s the only road open through town, so expect some slowdowns. It might be worth driving east across on Highway 77 to miss the congestion if you’re headed to the Cities. Remember that OO and Mosquito Brook are closed in to the afternoon on race day.
  • Cheer on everyone else. People will finish all day long. Ski or walk out across the lake and let people know they are doing awesome (even if they look differently). Main Street fills up with more and more skiers as the day progresses, both finishing and cheering. It’s a good time. I’ve accomplished this with alacrity during warmer years (and even colder ones), getting a couple of six packs and making our way out on to Lake Hayward (I’ll be here, weather dependent). It was amazing, especially since we weren’t driving for a few hours.
  • Go to the Sawmill Saloon. In Seeley. 10 miles north of Hayward. A big party. With New Glarus on tap. I’ll be there, too.
  • And here is some information from Johnny Klister, some of which is inappropriate for this page. I don’t always agree with Johnny Klister, but they did call this blog post “remarkably good” and describe more about what to do after the race. It’s a bit raunchy, but it’s Johnny Klister, what do you expect. This is my first year not coaching at the race, and I intend to partake. (We’re now hosting the original post here)
  • AND MOST OF ALL, HAVE FUN!