September 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 54K 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."

  Greetings from the Birkie®!

Ned Summer Image 2 Hi Skiers and Friends!

Fall is coming quickly and we continue to prepare for both the 2009 American Birkebeiner, and the rapidly approaching Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek on September 20. Registrations are well ahead of last year for both events!

Work on the Birkie Classic Trail is nearly complete thanks to the help of many volunteers. Eleven kilometers have been constructed to OO, and we've improved the East (lighted) loop at OO to allow a turnaround if we ever need it to complete a marathon event on the north end under low snow conditions. This year's Birkie Classic race will be 54K while the Skate race stays at 50K.

We've also widened the first K of the Classic Trail and widened the Timber Trail Food Station at 9K to reduce congestion. Finally, we are nearly done with an addition to the OO storage building to provide better equipment storage. It has been a busy summer!

The Fall colors will be here shortly. Consider coming up for the Trail Run as there's still time to get your relay team together. Or just come up to enjoy the Fall Fests, the trails and the beauty of the area.

Stay Fit!

Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director

  Birkie News®
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Hosts 6th Annual American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay & Trek

Runners eager for a fall fitness challenge are invited to enter the 6th Annual American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay and Trek coming up on Saturday, September 20, 2008 in Hayward, Wis. Last year more than 300 runners participated on a crisp, colorful fall morning, and organizers are expecting even higher numbers this year.

Executive Director Ned Zuelsdorff said the American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay and Trek continues to grow in popularity. One significant reason for the growth is the addition of new and improved events.

"This year we are adding the 21K Birkie Trek. The new 21K Birkie Trek....Continue Reading, Click Here.

2008 Birkie® Trail Run, Relay and Trek Registration Deadlines

The 2008 Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek is just weeks away. The first registration fee deadline is tomorrow. Don't delay register today!

  • Early Registration (Through 9/5/08)
  • Late Registration (Until 9/19/08)*
  • Day of Event (Available for Most Events)*

*The Marathon Relay is limited to 75 Teams. No race day registration is allowed for Marathon Relay Teams.

Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek Online Registration-Click Here

For Printable Registration Forms-Click Here, select your event under the Quick Links and fax completed form to 715/634-5663.

Looking for event fees and detailed information? Click Here.
Nordic Walking Mini-Clinic - Friday, September 19th

There will be a Nordic Walking Mini-Clinic the night before the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek events. The mini-clinic will be held Friday, September 19, 2008, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The clinic will allow Nordic Walkers to fine tune their skills for the Birkie Trek. The mini-clinic will take place at the "OO" Birkie Trailhead and will be lead by Linda Lemke, the Queen of Nordic Walking, from Hoigaards in the Twin Cities. Loaner poles will be available for $5. There is no charge for the mini-clinic and Leki Nordic walking poles will be available for purchase.

Birkie 2008 Skier Development Grants

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation seeks to promote cross-country skiing as part of a fun, active and healthy lifestyle. The major portion of this effort focuses on young skiers. To this end, the ABSF annually provides grant funding to young skier programs associated with middle and high schools, and cross-country ski organizations throughout the country.

The ABSF will award $12,500 in skier grants for 2008-2009. The deadline for grant applications is October 1, 2008. For more information or a grant application, click here.

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

Volunteers Get the Fever Too
Bob Hedman
By Leslie Hamp

Bob Hedman, Kenosha, has been a Birkie volunteer since 1994. Bob skied the Birkie in 1993 and knew he wasn't ready for the race in '94. Still wanting to be involved, he called the Birkie office and asked if they needed any more volunteers. Turns out they had the perfect job for him at the finish line. Thus began Bob's string of 14 consecutive Birkies as a media volunteer at the finish line.

Bob's job includes driving media from the start to the finish line. Along the way, they stop at OO for pictures of the leaders, then he whisks them to the finish line to see the top finishers race for the podium.

At the finish line, Bob surveys the area to make sure all of the volunteers are in place and ready to "capture" one of the top three finishers for the post-race press conference.

The wildest time he remembers was ...continue here.

Birkie Fever Stories Needed
We know you have a story to tell
. Whether you are a skier, spectator or volunteer we want to hear from you. Birkie Fever is a phenomonen that touches many people in many different ways. Share your Birkie Fever with others. Send 300 word essays or short quotes and photos to Afraid you can't write? Don't let that stop you. We can take your words and weave them into a great Birkie Fever.
  Training Tips

TomKaufman Get Ready...Get Set...Get Going!

By Tom Kaufman

The day has almost arrived, Saturday, September 20, to be exact. Soon many of you will be off on the Birkie Trail Run, Relay or Trek  events held on the beautiful American Birkebeiner Trail. It will be a day to remember. As the race date draws close, now is the time to double check all of your details to make sure that nothing is overlooked. The best thought out training plan will mean nothing if you don't take care of the little things.

Before you leave home, prepare a checklist of everything you might need for the race. I like to mentally go through what the day will look like from the time I get up in morning to my post race festivities. Think about exactly what you will wear to warm-up, to race, and to cool-down. Go through your entire running inventory from foot to head and pack accordingly.

While I have never known anyone to show up at the Birkebeiner without their skis, I do know of one individual who got to the race start without....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?
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 15 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
Every Wednesday
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Call 715-634-5025 or check out the Trail Report
for more information & meeting location.

Birkie Nordic Walking Mini-Clinic
Friday, September 19, 2008
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the "OO" Trail Crossing

Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Birkie Classic Trail Tour
Sunday, January 18, 2009

2009 American Birkebeiner Events

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

For more information visit
Oct 31st
Fee Deadline

The next entry fee deadline is October 31st, Fee $80.  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: October 31, 2008