Nelson Institute student captures second place in legendary Birkebeiner ski race

February 25, 2013

Claire Luby at the American Birkebeiner
Luby, at left, placed second in the women's division
of the 2013 American Birkebeiner Classic. Photo:
Darlene Prois/American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Claire Luby, who is pursuing the Nelson Institute Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment, placed second in the women's division of the 54-kilometer American Birkebeiner Classic on Feb. 23.

The legendary “Birkie” is North America's largest, most prestigious cross-country ski race, held annually in Hayward, Wis., with more than 10,000 participants.

The Birkebeiner tradition was celebrated as part of the Climate Wisconsin: Stories from a State of Change project, a 12-part series to support teaching and learning about climate change in Wisconsin. The videos, produced by Finn Ryan for Wisconsin's Educational Communications Board, highlight expected climate change impacts in a diversity of realms ranging from public health to farming and from recreational fishing to Great Lakes shipping.