July 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.


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
48K Birkie Tour
51K Birkie Tour

Korte Tour Distances
22K 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!

Great event. All the work everyone does is appreciated so much. It makes for a memorable event. I can't wait to return every year.

2009 was my first Birkie experience and I am hooked!! Fantastic job!

Thank you for continuing to put on an excellent event, and it seems to improve even more each year.

Marvelous Birkie 2009, congratulations to everyone who contributed!
Thank you!

Love the challenge of the Birkie. I will continue to participate as long as I can.

This was my first Birkie and I loved it!!!!

It was our first Birkie and your hospitality for the event was phenomenal.

Great job with the entire event.
World class!

The Birkie is so much more than a ski race, as we all know. It is the pinnacle of Nordic lifestyle in the U.S. Keep up the wonderful work!

  Greetings from the Birkie®!

Hi Skiers and Friends!

We hope the Summer finds you having fun and staying active. We're coming up on our first registration cut-off and already have more than 1300 skiers signed up for the 2010 event this coming February, only 227 days away! 

We're working on our summer project list just as most of you are. Projects include a bridge replacement, trail work and a remodel of the "OO" warming cabin. See more info below.

Summer and Fall are great times to enjoy the trail either by bike or on foot. Come up and join us for the 7th annual American Birkebeiner® Trail Run, Relay and Trek on September 26. This year it's the same weekend as both the Hayward and Cable Fall Fests so there's something for everyone.

We always welcome your comments and you can contact me at

Stay fit,

Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director

  Birkie News®
Birkie/Korte Registration Cap & Fee Deadline

Reminder of Registration Cap
We have capped the 2010 Birkie and Korte races at 7,500 skiers. We're doing this to assure that you have the best quality race experience possible. We are working on addressing the infrastructure limitations we have, such as limited parking, congestion in getting to the start line, skier bag storage, etc. We plan to continue to grow the American Birkebeiner event in the future, but will not sacrifice the quality you expect from the Birkie.

Registration Fee Deadline - Friday, July 31, 2009
The last day to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for the Birkie and Korte is Friday, July 31st.

Birkie Registration - $80
Korte Registration - $70

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

Register now! Click here.

You may also download an application and fax it to 715/634-5663 or mail it to:
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 911
Hayward WI  54843

Call 715-634-5025 or email with any questions.
American Birkebeiner Announces T-Shirt Design Contest

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced a contest to design the official t-shirt for the 2010 American Birkebeiner ski race. The winning t-shirt design will be the featured retail t-shirt for the event. 

Do you have a great idea for the t-shirt? Then learn more about the 2010 T-Shirt Design Contest & read the contest rules, here.

The artist with the winning design will be recognized for their winning design and be awarded the following prize package:

  • One complimentary race registration to the 2010 or 2011 American Birkebeiner
  • VIP Parking Pass to the Race Start
  • Fischer Skis will provide the winner with a new pair of skis, either Classic or Skate
  • New Moon Ski Shop of Hayward, Wisconsin, will provide the winner with their choice of bindings and installation

Proceeds from the sales of the 2010 featured t-shirt will benefit the American Birkebeiner's Young Skier Programs. We hope that people will consider supporting the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and our effort to foster youth skiing by entering the contest.

The deadline for design submissions is Friday, August 14, 2009.

A press release about the contest is available here.
Birkie Trail Work Update

Several trail projects are moving forward:
  • The bridge located in Duffy's field, about ¼ mile before the Birkie reaches Lake Hayward is being replaced. The old wooden bridge was no longer safe and was removed a week ago. The concrete abutments have been installed and steel I-beams and a wooden deck with railings will be installed over the next month. The 54' bridge spans a trout stream and will be completed by Fall. We share the bridge with snowmobiles and it will become part of a new walking-running-bicycling trail. Two DNR trail grants are covering much of the $72,000 cost.
  • We are remodeling the "OO" warming cabin. The changing room side of the building is being expanded. Both sides of the building structure will have wooden storage cubes for daily use, and new tables and seats will be installed. Deconstruction begins next week and the project should be completed in a few weeks. There will be temporary closing of the building areas during the remodel.
  • We are almost ready to begin the expansion of the parking area on the north side of the "OO" trail head. Heavy use this past winter has created a need for the expansion to assure safety of trail users. The expanded lot will accommodate an additional 120+ cars. The expanded area will be logged and bulldozed and then planted to vegetation rather that graveled since use will be in the winter.
  • Mowing of the Birkie, Birkie Classic and Kortelopet trails will be completed over the next week. They will again be mowed in September.
  • Corners at C24K+ and C25K on the Classic Trail will be revised slightly this Fall, well in time for the ski season.
These projects are part of our continued effort to maintain and improve our trail facilities. You can help by becoming a Birkie Trail Friend. More information is available here.
2010 Birkie Skate Race Joins Worldloppet Marathon Cup

The Worldloppet organization recently approved adding the 2010 Birkie Skate Race to the Worldloppet Marathon Cup for this coming winter as requested by the Birkie Board.

We are excited to again be part of the Marathon Cup and we expect to draw additional elite international and national skiers to the Birkie.

Nine of the 15 Worldloppet races are part of the Marathon Cup. Top skiers compete in these races earning points toward a Marathon Cup championship and prize money. More information about the Marathon Cup is available here.
2009 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek
Featured Event...Birkie Trail Run

Birkie Trail Run, Relay & TrekBeautiful fall colors, grassy, hilly terrain, and great competition over a 13.1 Half Marathon course are a few of the great features of the 2009 Birkie Trail Run one of the great events of the 2009 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek being held Saturday, September 26, 2009.

The Birkie Trail Run includes men's and women's divisions and 10 year age classes. Overall event winners will receive custom award plaques and Salomon XT Wings Trail Running Shoes certificates. Age class winners will receive custom award plaques.

The half marathon Birkie Trail Run begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Birkie Trailhead at Cty. Hwy. OO in Seeley, and ends at Hatchery Creek Park. Water, energy products and medical support will be available on the course. Half Marathon runners should park at Fish Hatchery park and take a bus to the Cty. Hwy. OO race start.

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 Trail Trek Training Plan

On Saturday, June 20, 34 people participated in a Nordic Walking Clinic held on the American Birkebeiner Trail. The clinic was presented by the Queen of Nordic Walking, Linda Lemke and Julie Turnbull of Hoigaard's.

A big thank you goes out to Hoigaard's, Linda and Julie for their support and knowledge. We would also like to thank Ski and Team for sponsoring the clinic.

There were two big questions at the June 20th Nordic Walking Clinic.

1.    Is it to late to be ready for the September 26th, 21K Birkie Trek?
2.    Is there a training plan available to prepare for the 21K Birkie Trek?

Co-founder of Ski and Tea, Linda Cook put together a simple plan for anyone interested in preparing for and participating in the BIrkie Trek:
  • The key is to get out everyday possible, preferably 6 days a week either pole trekking or cross training with biking, paddling, roller skiing, running or swimming.
  • Try to do specific pole trekking three or four days including hills at least one of the days.
  • One day a week should be Long Slow Distance at a pace which you can comfortably hold a conversation. Increase this distance each week.
  • Two weeks before the Birkie Trail Trek go a distance close to or further than the 21K Trek. Preferably this would be done on the Birkie Trail or similar terrain.
  • Taper down each time you are out until race day. 
  • Be sure to hydrate (drink water/sports drink) each time you work out.
  • Race Day eat a good breakfast, go to the start line with good energy and enthusiasm and enjoy the beautiful Birkie Trail and relax and have fun. You are ready.
  • Good luck!
This training plan is based on Linda Cook's years of experience training for and participating in events. Women looking for more training advice and knowledge can join Linda Cook and Juli Lynch and all the women of Ski and Tea on Friday's. If you would like more information about Ski and Tea contact Linda at or Juli at

Looking for Nordic Walking Clinics in your area? Click here, scroll to the bottom on the page.

Board of Director Elections - Foundation Annual Meeting

Board of Director Elections
Seven candidates are running for four seats on the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation's Board of Directors. Candidates include Bill Bauer, Tom Duffy, Juli Lynch, Dave Nelson, Ron Raymond, Sue Scheer and Harry Spehar. Click here to read the candidates profiles.

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

Annual Meeting Agenda, click here.

Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots, candidate profiles and annual meeting information will be sent to all Members this week. Members interested in voting for the Board of Directors by absentee ballot need to return the completed ballot to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Office by Friday, August 7, 2009 at 4 p.m.

For more information on becoming an ABSF Member, click here.
We Need Your Help!

We are looking for Sponsors to become partners in the American Birkebeiner, the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek, and the new BirkieTour. We can provide your company or employer with a chance to promote your goods and services to over 10,000 active, health conscious, well educated, family oriented, outdoor loving people just like you.

Sponsorships are important to the stability of these great events. We are able to customize the Sponsor benefits we provide to best meet the needs of a Sponsor. Please contact Ned at if you think your company is interested in this opportunity.

American Birkebeiner's Young Skier Grant Programs

This year the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will award $15,000 in grants to young skier programs. Application information will be available in early August on our website, click here for the direct link. The application deadline will be October 1st.

2009 CXC Technique Camp Presented by American Birkebeiner

The Central Cross Country Skiing Technique Camp will be held at Telemark Resort August 3-6, 2009. The camp, presented by the American Birkebeiner, features an open 4-day high school camp and an open 2-day middle school camp along with coaches educational sessions.

The goal of the camp is technique development in small groups (4-6 athletes per coach) and individual video analysis for instant feedback. Learn more by clicking here.
  Birkie® Fever

Emphasis on Fever

By Jim Reker

Jim RekerFour years ago I transferred to Hayward on January 2nd to pursue a position I was offered by my employer.  Almost immediately, I heard people talking about something called the "Birkie".  I had heard of it, because I had dabbled in cross country skiing years ago in Mankato, MN.  A friend of mine, from there, was training to ski the Birkie.  At the time I thought he was out of his mind!  Who would want to ski 50 kilometers as fast as you could, for fun?  Cross country skiing was quite a vigorous exercise even to travel two or three kilometers.  No thanks, it was not for me.
But then, since I was in Hayward working on race day, I made my way to Main Street to witness the
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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

Injuries Cost!

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, spine stabilization and flexibility, three important components of fitness. Another great addition to your Spine Stabilization program is the "Roll-Up (Sit-Up)" To progress your flexibility program "Testing and Improving Your Flexibility" add the "Towel Stretch". The spine stabilization exercises can be done 3 times per week. Stretch throughout the day. As always be aware of your posture and its importance in proper exercise technique and fitness, "Balance the Tray".

Our bodies take on the physical shape of the positions we are in the most. During our workday prolonged standing, sitting, and other work positions cause poor posture, strength loss and reduced flexibility. This leads to muscle imbalance, one of the main causes of work related injuries. In 2007 the average cost of a work related injury was $4,500 with strains and sprains being the leading cause of injury. Injuries cost!

The person injured is also adversely affected. Participation in
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Jay TapperFitness In 5 Weekly Radio Program
Tune in to WOJB 88.9 FM every Friday at 10:45 a.m. Jay and long time Birkie skier Jacque Lindskoog present a Fitness in 5 tip of the week.
This week's program: The Importance of Exercise Journals. Don't miss a single episode of Fitness in 5! Stream it live by clicking here.
Learn more about Fitness in 5, click here.

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 CXC Technique Camp Presented by the American Birkebeiner
Monday, August 3 - Thursday, August 6, 2009
Telemark Resort, Cable

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 BirkieTour
Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 American Birkebeiner Events

Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, 2010

For more information visit