June 2009
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Birkie on Facebook®

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is now on Facebook®. Check us out for race information, discussion boards, photos and more.

American Birkebeiner Featured in National Geographic Adventure

Check out the April/May edition of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The American Birkebeiner is featured as the 14th Best American Adventure out of 50.

Thanks to all of you who
"Live the Birkie!"

50 Best American Adventures - National Geographic Adventure Magazine

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.

Birkie Trails Ski Tour

Come out, ski and enjoy the Birkie and Birkie Classic Trails and become a Birkie Tour Founder!

The tour is an untimed, non-competitive, "open-track" event open to skiers age 13 and older.

Tour Options

Birkie Tour Distances
43K Birkie Tour
47K Birkie Tour
50K Birkie Tour

Korte Tour Distances
23K Korte Tour
27K Korte Tour

Learn more visit

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

The classic trail was a blast!!

I had so much fun!

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

The Volunteers are the best. Many thanks to them.

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

The extension of the classic trail is great!

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!

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.

I have Birkie Fever already and its only March!

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!!!

A big thank you and congratulations for another extraordinary Birkebeiner. Everything was perfect as usual. Great volunteers at the food stands, miracle grooming by those miracle groomers, and a fantastic race. The number of hours everyone puts in to make this race so special is appreciated beyond words by us skiers. Thank you, thank you and thank you!~Barb

Everything was awesome and I've got "Birkie Fever."

Much love from Alabama! One closer to the purple bib.

I also thank everyone in the Birkie organization for another very well run event. It was a pleasure to visit Hayward once again. I look forward to
my 31st Birkie in 2010!

Gets better each year.
Keep it up.

This year was my first Birkie at age 68. The whole experience surpassed my expectations, including the trail itself, which was a lot better than I had imagined. The hills one after the other made for a great ski with no dangerous hairpin bends at hill bottoms to take skiers out in pileups like some ski marathons have. I had no close calls. Thanks!

I look forward to the Birkie each year, your volunteers are the best, and the race is very organized and exciting. Thanks so much!

You do a great job with the race. It has become a family tradition.

Great job...compliments to the populace of all the Hayward/Cable area.
Thanks for everything Birkie!

  Greetings from the Birkie®!

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 outdoor work projects will begin soon and the Trails will be mowed over the next three weeks.

We are also preparing for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek scheduled for September 26, 2009. We already have several Relay teams and individual runners registered. This is a fun oriented celebration of the Fall season here. Get a relay team together, or run or Nordic walk yourself and be part of it. Includes great t-shirts, food and lots of door prizes. Enjoyment is guaranteed!

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®
Fitness in 5 Premiers on WOJB

Birkie Fitness Coordinator, Jay Tapper, long time Birkie Skier and Founder Jacque Lindskoog and WOJB have teamed up to provide Fitness in 5. Jay and Jacque will bring you a five minute program every Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. Jacque a regular volunteer voice on WOJB will help Jay present the exercise of the week. You can listen online at WOJB.

A diagram of the weekly exercise will be posted on the home page of and all of the exercises will be archived to the Birkie Fitness in 5 page.

"When American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Executive Director, Ned Zuelsdorff visited the Norwegian Birkebeiner he was impressed by the atmosphere of the event. It was more about skiing as a lifestyle than training and competition," said Tapper. "We discussed the opportunities to bring that attitude to the Birkie and together came up with Fitness in 5 as a way for the Birkie to promote fitness as a lifestyle."

"Teaming with Jackie Lindskoog and WOJB gives us a vehicle to educate people on improving their fitness so they can maintain good health and participate in lifelong recreational activities," said Tapper. "The promotion of fitness shows that the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, although known for its quality ski race, is active in promoting healthy lifestyles and activities for all ages and interests."

Be sure to check out this week's program, The Right Way to Walk.

Visit WOJB to download software that will allow you to listen to their station online.

To learn more about Fitness in 5 click here. To learn more about Jay Tapper or to read his monthly fitness articles published in this ezine click here.

Birkie Nordic Walking Clinic Hosted by Ski & Tea

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Where:  Birkie Trail at the OO Trailhead Shelter, Seeley, WI

Time:  10 AM - Noon

Cost:  $5
The Clinic is being hosted by Ski and Tea, an active woman's group from the Cable-Hayward area. The clinic will be presented by the Twin Cities "Queen of Nordic Walking", Linda Lemke, coordinator of Hoigaards Outdoor Woman's Program.
Registration for the clinic will be held at the "OO" cabin, three miles east of Highway 63 at Seeley on County Highway "OO". There is a $5 fee for the clinic to help cover the cost of post-clinic refreshments at Mooselips Café in Seeley.
Loaner poles are available for $5. Participants will receive a $5 discount coupon for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek. Please wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes.
Call the Birkie office for more information at 715-634-5025, or email, and please let us know if you plan to attend.

2009 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek
Featured Event...Birkie Trail Relay

2008 Birkie Trail RelayGet your team together and join us for the 26.2 mile Marathon Relay, one of the great events of the 2009 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek being held Saturday, September 26, 2009.

The Marathon Relay includes categories for 3- and 6-person Open, Women's and Mixed teams. Teams will be handicapped based on participant ages and genders to even the fun oriented competition. The members of each winning team in each category will be awarded a winner's plaque. In addition, the fastest overall team, based on handicap time, will each receive a pair of Salomon XT Wings Trail Running Shoes.  

The relay begins at 9 a.m. at the Cable Rod & Gun Club, near Cable and ends at Hatchery Creek Park. Water, energy products and medical support will be available on the course, but Marathon Relay teams will be responsible for transporting team members to specified relay exchange points using a single vehicle. The drive route includes sand and gravel forest roads and higher clearance vehicles are recommended. The Marathon Relay is limited to 75 teams.

Several teams have already registered. Get registered today, click here!
Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek

The Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek has an event for everyone. All events are held on the world famous Birkie Ski Trail during one of the most  beautiful times of year in the Northwoods.

Join us on Saturday, September 26, 2009 for a challenging trail run, relay or trek!

Four events to choose from:

  • 3 or 6 person Marathon Relay (26.2 miles)
  • Individual Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • 5K Fun Run & Walk
  • Birkie Trek (13.1 mile Nordic Walk)
American Birkebeiner t-shirts for all!
Class awards and post race refreshments also provided.

For more information or to register for one of the events click here or contact the Birkie Office at 715/634-5025 or
Birkie & Kortelopet Registration Fee Deadline

Don't miss the Early Bird registration deadline, July 31, 2009.

Birkie Registration - $80 until 7/31/09
Korte Registration - $70 until 7/31/09

Kortelopet skiers ages 22 or younger on race day take $20 off of your fee.

Register now! Click here.

Expos & Events to Check Out

Running a marathon or coming to Musky Fest in Hayward? Be sure to stop by and say "hi", check out information on the 2009 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek, talk to staff about the 2010 American Birkebeiner & Kortelopet and register for great raffle give-aways. The American Birkebeiner will participate in the following events this summer and fall:

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
Membership, Annual Meeting and Board of Director Elections

Remember your Membership Registration Forms or Renewal is due Thursday, July 9, 2009, to be eligible to vote in the Foundation Annual Meeting.

Learn more about becoming a member, click here.

Annual Meeting
The Foundation Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at the Hayward Golf & Tennis Club, 16005 Wittwer Street.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - On-site Voting
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Meal
6:45 - 8:00 p.m. Meeting

Planning to attend? Please RSVP to the Birkie Office at 715-634-5025 or

Board of Director Elections
Four Board Member term's are expiring this year. Candidates interested in running for the Board of Directors must submit a completed Candidate Profile. It is very helpful if you submit the profile in electronic format. It can be addressed to In addition, all non-incumbent candidates must submit a Nomination Endorsement form that contains a minimum of ten signatures from current ABSF members. All application materials are due in the ABSF office no later than Thursday, July 9, 2009.

Interested in running for the Board of Directors, click here for more information or contact
Did you miss these pins?

Bitch Hill PinThe pin donor has made a limited number available for sale at $12 each, with proceeds going to the Birkie Trail Fund.

Price includes shipping and handling. Please call 715-634-5025 to order your pin today.

Actual pin size 1"x5/8".

2009 Birkie Video Available

Support 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.

  Birkie® Fever

The Final Race for Grampa

By Dick MacWilliams

Birkie Fever Dick MacWilliams It happens to all of us, that final race. In 1988, Grampa of the future was living the dream:  winning the age division of the American Ski Chase series, starting in the Elite Wave at the Birkie, and on top of my skiing game. Life began changing when my grandsons were born.

I was still in Wave 1, as Ryan and Jacob grew up as skiers. Hayward, Telemark, Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie, CheqTel family race, Kortelopet, and the American Birkebeiner were a part of their lives. We share hundreds of exciting memories, and add more each year.

They each remember when they turned age three, as they waited patiently for Grampa's promise.  I pulled to the side of the course, at the bottom of Main Street, where Ryan, then later Jacob, rode on my shoulders the full length of Main Street, as I finished the Birkie. Those minutes given up by a competitive skier were one of the more intelligent decisions I made. Ryan is now 17, Jacob 15, and that ride is not going to happen again, unless they carry me.

Now Grampa skis
.......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

Testing and Improving Your Flexibility

By Jay Tapper

Jay's Note: The goal of the monthly fitness articles is for you to develop a comprehensive fitness program.  Previously we have talked about posture and spine stabilization, two important components of fitness. A great addition to your Spine Stabilization program is the Single Leg Bridge. This gives you an additional spine stabilization exercises to add to your fitness program 3 times per week. As always be aware of your posture and its importance in proper exercise technique and fitness, Balance the Tray.

The next important component of fitness is flexibility. Flexibility is defined as "The range of motion in a joint or series of joints." The flexibility exercises we will be using are called static stretches. Static stretching is the sustained lengthening....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

Birkie Nordic Walking Clinic Hosted by Ski & Tea
Saturday, June 20, 2009
10 a.m. - Noon
Birkie "OO" Trail Head

Birkie Staff Attend Grandma's Marathon Expo
Friday, June 19, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m

Birkie Warriors Attend the 60th Anniversary Musky Fest Parade
Sunday, June 28, 2009
1:30 p.m.

2009 American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Hayward Golf & Tennis Club - 16005 Wittwer Street
On-site Voting: 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Meal: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Meeting: 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

2009 American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay and Trek

Saturday, September 26, 2009

2010 Birkie Trails Ski Tour
Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 American Birkebeiner Events

Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, 2010

For more information visit