June 2008
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2008 American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay & Trek
Sept. 20, 2008

The 2008 American Birkebeiner Trail Run includes you choice of:
  • 26.2 mile Marathon Relay
  • Individual 13.1 mile Half Marathon
  • 5K Fun Run/Wlak
  • NEW 21K Birkie Trail Trek
Learn more visit

Mark your calendars for the 36th American Birkebeiner
® from Feb. 19-21, 2009!

The 2009 events include the 50K Birkie Skate, Subaru 53K Birkie Classic, and 23K Kortelopet Skate and Classic races.

Birkie 2009 also features shorter races, events and festivities for:

  • men, women, teens and kids
  • families
  • the super fit
  • the super enthusiastic
  • those vowing to get in shape
  • those wanting pure and simple recreation
  • those wanting to meet like-minded fitness buffs
  • those wanting challenge, excitement and fun
  • those wanting to support friends, family and skiers from around the world!

From the Barnebirkie to the Birkebeiner...Take the Challenge, Ski the Adventure, Live the Birkie!

Find out more at
or call us at 715.634.5025. We're eager to hear from you!

The Birkie®:
36 Years of Inspiring Skiers
to Live Fit, Healthy Lives!

"Tony Wise asked me to design a good trail system at Telemark. I spent 14 days there and laid out trails similar to the Vasalopet trails in Sweden. Later, Marty Hall added more hills. From the point of view of competitive skiers, it is a very good course."

~ Sven Wiik, Nordic guru, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

"The Birkie has been a factor in my life since the first time I skied the trail in 1976. My philosophy is to do whatever we can do to foster participation in the overall event. I want more people on the snow and enjoying the weekend."

~ Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director, Cable, WI

"On my 63rd Birthday (Feb. 11th) I made my "Birkie Fever" goal to do the race in under four hours. I was running behind my goal for most of the race. While crossing Duffy Road a cheering crowd of younsters gave me an adrenalin boost to kick my stide into overdrive. My finish time was 3:59:59. Thanks kids!

What I appreciate most of all is how the Birkie Staff does not quit after the race. They still have a grooming priority following the race and it makes for many hours and days of great grooming."

~ Carl Kozak, Hayward, WI

Praise for 2008 Events!

"It was like skiing on Heaven's Floor."

"Better than Christmas. I will be skiing the Birkie every year I'm alive on Earth. It's that special. Thanks for another spectacular year."

"To all of the you who make the American Birkebeiner your life. I thank you."

"Every year I marvel at the manner in which details are prepared and the volunteers so willing to help. Great stuff, always a highlight of the year for me."

"I just finished my first Birkie and loved it. You guys are amazing. I'm hooked. I'll be back next year."

"I would like to thank all the organizers and volunteers who provide a fun and motivating experience."

"It is just amazing how each year, something is always improved, since every year I think it is just perfect."

"I have grown to consider the Birkebeiner a lifestyle as opposed to a race, so there's no urge to let it go at the milestone of registering for my 20th race."

"What I appreciate most of all are the Birkie Staff efforts and how they don't quit after the race. They still have a grooming priority and it really makes for many hours and days of great skiing.   Thanks guys."

"I want to compliment the volunteers who staffed the course for their bright moods and helpfulness.  I also want to thank the folks who drove the buses and managed the traffic. Even the snowmobilers who add a little spice to the event.  It seems that every year those things are just the best.   This year you had snow and you used it perfectly."

"One of the most wonderful moments while skiing my first Kortelopet was skiing up the big hill to the amazing rhythm of Anishinabeg drummers and singers.  What an outpouring of power and warmth!  Please extend my thanks to those musicians if you know who they are." 

"As a volunteer, Kortelopet participant and spectator I wanted to thank the entire Birkie staff for a fantastic event. I continue to marvel at how you folks year in and your out conduct such a world class event!  Thank you!"

"My hat goes off to everyone involved in the "Greatest Show on Snow"  Every single volunteer should be proud."
"Congrats you pulled off one of the best Birkies ever!  I've done 28 Birkies and this one was really top notch.  Thanks to all of you who work hard all year to give us a fun day."

"Thank you for a lovely and safe Barnebirkie race.  My daughter skied in her first this year and really enjoyed it."

"The new classic course was a joy.  Reminded me of the old days, only better."

"Thanks for an outstanding race this year.  The conditions were outstanding and the volunteers were just as good."

"The classic trail was everything that everyone has been raving about, and definitely as much a challenge as previously striding on the freestyle course.  I can't wait for the extension to OO."

  Greetings from the Birkie®!

Ned Summer Image 2 Hi Skiers and Friends!

We hope your Spring has gone well and you've been able to run, bike, hike or otherwise stay active. Our Spring has been busy! Work on the final segment of the Classic Trail is progressing well and the trail project will be completed to "OO" in time for the 2009 Birkie.

We are also preparing for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek scheduled for September 20, 2008. We already have several Relay teams and individual runners registered. We also have several people signed up for the new Nordic walk addition to the event. We're expecting 500 runners and walkers for this fun oriented Fall experience on the Birkie Trail.

Your comments and ideas continue to come in and are appreciated. You can always contact me at

See you on the Trails and stay fit!

Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director

  Birkie News®
June 30th - Registration Fee Deadline

Monday, June 30, 2008, is the last day to register for the Birkie & Kortelopet at the $70 entry fee.

    To register online or download a printable form log onto
    and click your choice on the right hand side of our Home Page.

You may also complete an application form and mail it to:
     American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Inc.
     PO Box 911
     Hayward WI  54843
or fax it to 715/634-5663. For questions or to have a form sent to you call 715-634-5025 or email
Online Skier Confirmation Now Available

Click here to confirm your registration.

Nordic Walking Clinics in Your Area

Turn your fitness walk into a total body workout with Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking is extremely popular in Europe with over 80 million participants.
No matter your age, gender, fitness level, or experience, Nordic Walking is the perfect low impact total body workout for everyone.  The simple addition of Nordic Walking poles engages upper body muscles burning more calories and increasing your heart rate and oxygen consumption, all while being gentle on your joints.  It's an excellent way to strengthen your upper back, shoulders and core muscles while enjoying your walk outdoors.  You have the potential of working up to 90% of your body's muscles while using the poles. Once you try it you'll be hooked by the natural rhythm and fun of using nordic walking poles.
The Birkie has partnered with several shops to hold Nordic Walking Clinics and Group Walks to help people improve their Nordic walking technique and prepare for September's Birkie Trek. Partners include Hoigaards, REI, Midwest Mountaineering, Berkeleys Running Company and Revel Sports.

Click here for the schedule of Clinics and Walks. Clinic and Walk participants will receive a $5 discount coupon for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek.

Birkie® Nordic Walking Clinic - Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Nordic Walking Clinic will be held on the Birkie Trail on Saturday, July 12, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  The Clinic will be held at the "OO" Trail crossing near Seeley, north of Hayward. The Clinic is hosted by the Ski & Tea active woman's group from the Cable-Hayward area.

The Clinic will be presented by the Twin Cities "Queen of Nordic Walking", Linda Lemke, from Hoigaard's, who has been an outdoor enthusiast her entire life.  Currently she is the Coordinator for Hoigaards Outdoor Women's Program.  She has been a fitness walker for 24 years and added Nordic Walking Poles to her walk in 2004. As a LEKI Nordic Walking Trainer she teaches classes and leads walks all over the Twin Cities Area. Linda has been featured in articles in the Star Tribune, Good Age, MN Trails and most recently appeared on CBS Early Morning Show in New York.  Join Linda and other experts from Hoigaard's to learn more about this great new fitness workout that is sweeping the US.
There is a $5 fee for the Clinic to help cover the cost of post-Clinic refreshments at Mooselips Café in Seeley. Loaner poles will be available for $5. All participants will receive a $5 discount coupon for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek. Please wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes, and let us know at if you plan to attend. 

Birkie® Classic Trail Status

Construction of the final 11K segment of the Birkie Classic Trail is progressing well. We had more than 20 people help work on the new trail this past weekend to help celebrate National Trails Day.

As of June 10, logging is ¾ completed, while stump removal is already past the half way point at Boedecker Road. A map of the 11K segment is available here. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.) Bulldozing will begin late this week, and subsequent hand work including rock and root removal, seeding and mulching will begin later in June. The Classic Trail will be completed to "OO" by this Fall in time for the 2009 53K Birkie Classic Race. Periodic Classic Trail status reports are posted on our Trail Report.

Birkie Trail Friends

We are seeking sponsors for each kilometer of the American Birkebeiner® Trail system. Your sponsorship as a Birkie® Trail Friend supports the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation's annual maintenance budget of $100,000 to maintain and groom the trail system. Your contribution will be recognized with a plaque at the kilometer you are sponsoring. You can sponsor as an individual, family, business or with up to three individuals or families.

The newest kilometers of the Birkie Classic Trail will be available to sponsor in September.  To learn more about Birkie Trail Friends or to become a sponsor, click here.
  Birkie® Fever

Worldloppet Pete Wins 2009 Birkie Entry
By Leslie Hamp

Wendell Pete Kumlien, also known as Worldloppet Pete for completing 14 Worldloppet races and 28 American Birkebeiners, won a free entry to Birkie 2009 after judges selected him for wearing the "most creative outfit" during opening ceremonies at Birkie 2008.

Pete was stylin' in gray wool knickers, red knee high socks, an original Austrian tie, red Swiss vest, gray wool jacket with green trim, tan scarf knitted by a friend, and felt hat complete with feather and pins from Austria and Switzerland.

Pete bought his outfit in 1983 when he and his wife were chaperoning a choir trip in eight European countries. To continue here.

Do you have a Birkie Fever story to tell?  Please send 300 word essays and photos to

  Training Tips

TomKaufman Now Is The Time to Run Those Hills

By Tom Kaufman

With summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start to ramp up your training for the Birkie Trail Run/Trek of your choice.

We have finally made it through our wet cool spring and the running trails beckon. As summer heats up, it becomes critical that you monitor your fluid intake on a daily basis. Nothing can debilitate a runner quite as suddenly as the onset of dehydration coupled with overheating.

Our bodies are relatively inefficient machines. As much as 75% of the energy we expend during exercise produces only heat. This inefficiency is what allows us to wear those thin Lycra ski suits in the winter without fear of getting cold. However, summer is a different story. Our bodies deal with heat build up in the summer mainly by evaporating sweat from the skin surface. As we acclimate to summer's heat, we increase our sweat rate and produce.....Continue Reading - Click Here.

Thomas Kaufman,
earned a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from UW-Madison and currently teaches physical education at Middleton High School.  He has been coaching high school track since 1976 and is currently the Head Boys Cross Country and Track Coach at Madison West High School.  He also uses his coaching expertise to guide community athletes and runners, from the Madison area who are mainly 30 years old and older, in their quest to run road and trail races.

Tom has been running for over 40 years and has completed hundreds of races, including 40-50 marathons (he has lost count).  He has also completed 19 Birkies and 7 Kortelopets and is currently a member of the Elite Wave.  Tom also shares his knowledge as a writer for Silent Sports magazine.

 What's Next?
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 9, 2008, 6:00 p.m., at the Cable Community Center. The evening starts with a dinner followed by the Annual Meeting.

Important Membership Related Deadlines
July 10, 2008 - Memberships Due in the Birkie Office for voting rights.
July 10, 2008 - Candidate Packets Due in the Birkie Office for all those
                         wishing to run for the Board of Directors.

To request candidate packets or membership materials contact the Birkie Office at 715-634-5025 or  Materials and information also available by clicking here.

Mark Your Calendars for the 36th American Birkebeiner®:  Feb. 19-21, 2009

From the Barnebirkie to the Birkebeiner, this citizen's ski race features something for everyone. Watch for 36th anniversary details in upcoming issues of Carpe Skiem and online at

About the Birkie®

From February 19-21, 2009, more than 7,000 fit, colorfully-clad skiers from all walks of life and from around the world will descend upon the Wisconsin northwoods to participate in the 36th anniversary American Birkebeiner, a cross-country ski race that weaves more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) along a hilly, heavily wooded trail from the Telemark Resort near Cable to the finish line on Main Street in downtown Hayward.

For some, it's serious business. The Birkebeiner is part of the Worldloppet, a circuit of 14 Nordic ski races held on four continents. The race attracts a top cadre of professional racers from 19 countries, including past and present Olympians and those competing in the International Ski Federation standings.

For many hundreds of others, though, it's an annual celebration of personal endurance and outdoor enthusiasm. Since its inception in 1973, 'The Birkie' has grown into the largest cross country ski marathon in the nation. While pros may complete the course in about two hours, legions of weekend warriors soldier on in triple that time. Citizen skiers can compete in the full race or sign up for 23 kilometer Kortelopet or one of our many other events.

You don't even have to click into skis to join in on the party. An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 spectators line many portions of the route, and it seems all of Hayward is there cheering at the finish line. Equipment demos, citizen sprints, family fun races/tours and other events round out the weekend.

Take the Challenge, Ski the Adventure, Live the Birkie®

Upcoming Events

Birkie Classic Trail Work Night
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the "OO" Trail Crossing

Birkie Nordic Walking Clinic
Saturday, July 12, 2008
10:00 a.m. - Noon at the "OO" Trail Crossing

Foundation Annual Meeting & Dinner
Saturday, August 9, 2008
6:00 p.m. at the Cable Community Center

Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Birkie Classic Trail Tour
Saturday, January 18, 2009

2009 American Birkebeiner Events

Thurs, Feb. 19 - Sat, Feb. 21, 2009

For more information visit
June 30th
Fee Deadline

The lowest entry fee of $70 is available until June 30, 2008.  Don't miss your opporutunity to save.  Register today click here!

Kortelopet skiers ages 22 or younger on race day take $20 off of your fee.
Offer Expires: June 30, 2008