April 2009
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Mark your calendars for the 37th American Birkebeiner
® from Feb.  25-27, 2010!

The 2010 events include the 50K Birkie Skate sponsored by Becker Law Office, Subaru 54K Birkie Classic, and 23K Kortelopet Skate and Classic races sponsored by Premier Physical Medicine & Wellness Clinic.

Birkie 2010 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!

American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay & Trek

Sept. 26, 2009

The 2009 American Birkebeiner Trail Run includes you choice of:

  • 26.2 mile Marathon Relay
  • Individual 13.1 mile Half Marathon
  • 21K Birkie Trail Trek
  • 5K Fun Run/Wlak

Learn more visit

or register today for the Trail Run, Relay or Trek.

The Birkie®:
37 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

Praise for 2009 Events!

I had a great time skiing my first classic birkie in many years. I want to congratulate Ned and everyone else who have worked so hard to bring the Birkie and the classic trail to near perfection.~Mick

Nice work with the buses this year.  The addition of the skier drop-off area was an excellent change.  This was the easiest year (out of 12 completed) that I have ever had to get dropped off and bused to the start.  Thanks for this change, I hope you can keep this change in place for future years.~Eric

Beautifully groomed trails
Many eager, enthusiastic volunteers
Fewer grumpy contestants
More space and less congestion on the skate trails
Outstanding finishes. Is the winner of the classic going to have some bragging rights to his kids and grandchildren?!

To me the day is close to a religious experience, you are excited but respectful, almost reverent to the course and the challenges of the day. The people you are skiing with are all comrades on a mission to soak up the day and dig within to see what we all have down deep.

I pray I will be able and worthy to ski again next year.~Hugh

Thanks for a wonderful event! It's truly a pleasure being a participant.~Roger

Can't wait for next year.

The extension of the classic trail is great!

It was my first time skiing the Korte, and I had a great time!

I had a great time, I'm an avid runner cyclist and I was very impressed by the amount of support that was available to the athletes at the Birkie. Thank you!

Great job putting on a great race, as always!

Superb Event! I traveled from Colorado to ski the event and from my perspective, I saw a "well-oiled" and well-supported event. I was moved emotionally by the community participation and the atmosphere of the day.

Excellent Birkie. Your volunteers make it smooth to those of us who come in for the event. They are much appreciated and help to promote the enthusiasm of the weekend.

Thanks for another great race!

The new classic trail is great. Wish it was even longer.

Great Race and great job by all!!!
  Greetings from the Birkie®!

NedZuelsdorff Hi Skiers and Friends!

The snow is gone from much of the Birkie Trails, although patches remain where a few of the die-hards can still ski. Most of us are looking forward to warmer temps, green leaves, hiking, running and cycling more.

We had a terrific response to our online Skier Survey with more than 1,800 of you responding and sharing your thoughts and ideas on this past event and the future. The results and comments are available at and have been shared with the Birkie Board. Our goal to continually improve the event remains. Thank you for your input and remember that your comments are always welcome and can be sent to

We have completed preparation of the Birch Scroll Results Issue which will be mailed to you on April 16. The issue includes information on wave placement criteria for 2010 and a broadened policy on use of qualifying races. So, check it out and remember that we will provide updates on our preparations in this monthly newsletter.

Trail work is planned throughout the summer and fall. This includes improving a downhill corner at 25K on the Birkie Classic Trail which created problems for many of you. We'll also be replacing the bridge in Duffy's field at 47K on the Birkie Trail which was "duct taped" together for this past winter. We may be expanding the parking area at OO to handle the growing number of you who use it each weekend through the winter, and are considering adding an addition to the OO rest cabin.

We are gearing up for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek in September. Information is available at, including online registration. If you are a runner or walker, you should take a look at this growing and fun event!

Finally, we are looking for Birkie event Sponsors. Please contact me if you think your organization or business might be interested in getting involved in these events and having their name in front of 10,000 skiers leading active lifetstyles as they Live the Birkie! 

See you on the Trails and stay fit!

Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director

  Birkie News®
2010 Birkie & Kortelopet Waves and Seeding Criteria

The criteria for wave placement in the 2010 American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet is now available, click here. This page also includes updates to the criteria for using qualifying races.
2009 Survey of Skiers

Thank you to the more than 1800 skiers who participated in our post race survey. We greatly appreciate your feedback. To review the survey results and skier comments, click here.

We always welcome feedback. If you would like to send comments or concerns please email

Registration Cap Established for 2010 Birkie & Korte

In an effort to maintain and improve the quality of the event, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Board of Directors has decided to limit the total number of Birkebeiner and Kortelopet skiers to 7500. Registration will be closed when the limit is reached.

2009 Birkie Video Available

2009 Birkie VideoSupport CXC and the American Birkebeiner by purchasing this great video of the 2009 American Birkebeiner. Click here to buy now

Two disc DVD set for $24.95 (includes shipping and handling.)

DVD 1 puts you in the lead pack of the 36th American Birkebeiner  as the men travel the hills of the Birkie Trail competing to achieve victory on Hayward's Main Street. DVD 2 shows highlights from the Barnebirkie and Elite Sprints and follows all Birkie and Korte wave starts with continuous footage of skiers on the Powerline.

Age Class Awards and Lost & Found Available Until June 1st

Age class awards must be picked up or claimed by June 1, 2009. If you would like your award shipped there is an $8 fee to cover shipping and handling. To request your award please contact

Many items are left in Lost & Found. If you are still missing an item please contact by June 1, 2009.

Are you missing skis and/or poles following the events or did you return home with equipment other than your own?  If this happened to you please contact us at and we will help make arrangements to return equipment to its rightful owner.
  Birkie® Fever

Inspiration Found on the Birkie Trail

By Christina Prahl

BirkieFeverApril09 In December, my friend Barb and I decided to buy new skate skis and attend a women's retreat in Seeley- to learn how to use them. It was there that we became inspired and hooked on skate skiing.

Barb and I completed our first Kortelopet this year - skate skiing.

It was very emotional as we are both Breast Cancer survivors.

I am a 10 year survivor and Barb finished her Chemo treatments just last year. We shared a fierce need to complete this race. I am so proud of.......continue reading click 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 story.
 Training Tips

Balance The Tray To Improve Ski Performance

By Jay Tapper

Good posture is essential for improving fitness and ski performance. It is also crucial for developing core stabilization and muscle endurance. Improved posture will also delay the onset of fatigue and prevent muscle imbalance that lead to injury. A simple exercise called "Balance the Tray" will improve your posture. Imagine balancing a tray on your head, then press the tray to the ceiling. This can be done when standing, sitting, or during daily activities. 

The body takes on the physical shape of the positions it is in the most. Look at your profile in the mirror. Now put yourself...continue reading, click here.
Jay Tapper

Jay Tapper
is owner of ActivEdge LLC.  ActivEdge specializes in safety, fitness, and ergonomic programs for business and industry. ActivEdge also provides personal training services. Jay is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist.  For further information contact Jay at 218-393-8767 or

 What's Next?
Mark Your Calendars for the 37th American Birkebeiner®: Feb. 25-27, 2010

From the Barnebirkie to the Birkebeiner, this citizen's ski race features something for everyone. Watch for 37th anniversary details in upcoming issues of Carpe Skiem and online at

About the Birkie®

From February 25-27, 2010, 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 37th 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.

Live the Birkie®

Upcoming Events

2009 American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay and Trek
Saturday, September 26, 2009

2010 American Birkebeiner Events
Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, 2010

For more information visit