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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
- 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 http://www.birkie.com
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 www.birkie.com
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 OptionsBirkie Tour Distances
43K Birkie Tour
48K Birkie Tour
51K Birkie TourKorte Tour Distances
22K Korte Tour
27K Korte Tour
Learn more visitwww.birkie.com
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.
| Greetings from the Birkie®!
Hi Skiers and Friends!
The Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek is coming
quickly. We are looking forward to having a record 600 or more participants
either running or walking under the fast approaching Fall colors. I hope you're
able to join us on the Birkie® Trail on September 26.
projects are moving ahead as are our preparations for the new BirkieTour and the 2010 Birkie® itself this winter. Look for more information about
preparations and changes as we move into the Fall. We are remodeling the
Birkie® website and hope to have the new site up in early October.
As always, we welcome your comments and you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Only 17 Days Until the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek
Are You Registered?
Over 400 people have already registered for the 2009 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek. Have you?
Online registration for all events is available here until Thursday, September 24th at 10:00 p.m. Click here for more information or to print race applications.
Late Race Registration & Bib Pick-up
Race registration and bib pick-up is open on Friday, September 25 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the American Birkebeiner Office in Hayward for all events.
Race registration for 3 or 6 person Marathon Relay Teams closes on Friday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. Participants may still pick up their race bibs at the Cable Rod & Gun Club from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Remember the event is limited to 75 Marathon Relay Teams.
Registration and bib pick-up is open for the Half Marathon, 21K Trek and 5K on Saturday, September 26 from 7:00 to 10:45 a.m. at Hatchery Creek Park in Hayward.
Click here to learn more about the events or to register. You may also contact us at 715-634-5025 or email@example.com.
|2010 Birkie T-Shirt Contest Design Winner
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has
determined a winner of the Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest for the 2010 event. The
winning t-shirt design will be the featured retail t-shirt for the event.
created the t-shirt design contest for the 2010 event as a way to allow artists
and those who love the Birkie a creative way to participate in the event," said
Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.
than 25 people submitted designs and the panel of judges had a very difficult
time determining the winner," said Zuelsdorff. "There were so many excellent
submissions that it was really hard to pick just one."
winning design reflects the 'Live the Birkie' lifestyle by focusing on the
outdoors and on the skate and classic skiing techniques," said Zuelsdorff. "Andy
Wood, our winning designer, really captured the spirit of the trail and the
Wood of Lakeville, Minnesota plans to ski his first Birkie this year. He is
registered for the 54K Birkie Classic.
someone skiing his first Birkie able to capture the essence of the event? For
Wood cross country skiing has been a part of his life since he was three years
old. He grew up skiing in Durango, Colorado and competed in several Junior
National Competitions. After high school he decided to continue his skiing career by moving to....Continue reading, click here.
|Birkie Trail Projects Moving Forward
Several trail projects are moving forward:
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.
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 has been removed. New concrete abutments are in place and the steel
I-beam supports are being installed within a week. Installation of the
wooden deck with railings will follow. The new 54' bridge will span a
trout stream and will be completed by late Fall. We share the bridge with
snowmobiles and it will become part of a new walking-running-bicycling
trail. Two DNR trail grants and several generous donations 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 has been completed and the project should be completed before
the Birkie Trail Run.
has been completed in preparation for expanding the parking area on the
north side of the "OO" trail head. Heavy use this past winter created the
need for the expansion to assure safety of trail users. The expanded lot
will accommodate an additional 120+ cars. The expanded area will be
planted to vegetation rather that graveled since most use will be in the
Fall mowing of the Birkie, Birkie Classic and Kortelopet trails has
already begun. Multiple passes will be made before the Trail Run, and
mowing will be completed in October.
corners at C24K+ and C25K on the Classic Trail have been reworked with the
project being completed last night. A photos is available here.
|American Birkebeiner's Young Skier Grant Programs
This year the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will award $14,000 in grants to young skier programs. The application deadline is October 2, 2009, click here for application materials.
|2009 American Birkebeiner Race Video
Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) is pleased to announce the
inaugural webcast of the 2009 American Birkebeiner 50km skate race.
This will be the first ever full digital coverage of the largest cross
country ski event in the North America. The webcast is available
to participants, spectators and Nordic fans at no charge. ______________________________________________________________________________
|Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete
Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete is an inspiring
account of a growing subculture of Americans who are challenging the
notion of what it means to grow old. These baby boomers can hardly be
considered old, yet this huge group is rewriting the rules of aging.
These stories of trials and perseverance will motivate you to achieve
The book by Birkie Skier, Lee Bergquist features Jan Guenther, a business woman, triathlete, Birkie skier, wife and mother who explains how she balances family life, work and her passion for competition. Also featured is inspirational skier Barb Klippel of Hayward, who has overcome many obstacles, but continues to ski and stay fit hoping to become a member of the Birchleggings Club. Rave Reviews for Second Wind
"Finally a book that enables people to see that we do get better with age. Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete is a wonderful story about mature athletes who just keep going through sports and life." ~Lynne Cox, Author of Swimming to Antartica, Swam the Bering Strait
"At long last, someome has given masters athletes their due. Read Second Wind and be inspired."~Sean Callahan Editor, Masters Athlete Magazine
"I found myself truly inspired by the variety of athletes and sports included in Second Wind. Runners, swimmers, cyclists, weight lifters and skiers caught my attention and proved that sport can improve with age."~Cherie Morgan, Media Coordinator, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
Purchase Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete, click here. _______________________________________________________________
|Online Fundraising for Birkie Skiers for Cures Live this Week
Birkie Skiers for Cures raised over $110,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society last year. Help is exceed this amount in 2010 by clicking here.
|Birkie Now on LinkedIn
Completing a Birkie race is not an easy! Bob Walasiak has created a group in LinkedIn to recognize your achievement and as a way to reach out to fellow skiers who share the same sport. The site was created to meet and network
with people all over the world who share the sport of cross country skiing.
Check out the Birkie Skiers group on LinkedIn, click here.
|Birkie Offers Matching Donation to CAMBA for Single Track Construction
The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) is seeking donations to allow completion of a two year project to build a 21 mile segment of single track from Hatchery Park to the "OO" Birkie trail head. Most of the trail has been completed and it is fantastic for both mountain biking and running.
In the winter it will be fun for snowshoeing.
The Birkie Board is has teamed with the Seeley Ski Club to offer a $2,500 challenge match. We will match donations made to CAMBA for completion of the trail, up to $2,500 total.
The deadline for donations is Sunday, September 20, 2009, the final day of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival at Cable. More information about CAMBA and making a tax-deductible donation is available 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you think your company is interested in this opportunity.
|Three Generation Tradition
By Leah Rebne
68, the number you get when you add up the years that my
family and I have been participating in the American Birkebeiner events. Team Sturdy Women, as we now call
ourselves, consists of my mom, Wendy, my aunt, Kate, my grandma, Judi, and me.
all started with my grandma. Years
ago, she decided to ski her first Birkie.
Now, 26 years later, she is still going strong. (This year will be her 26th
Birkie!) She is now a member of
the Birchleggings club, and is extremely proud of it. If it wasn't for her strength and determination, nobody in
our family would be doing the Birkie, today.
As for my mom, she will be skiing her 17th Birkie. A while back, my grandma convinced her to ski the Birkie. (She wouldn't allow her to do just the Kortelopet. My grandma said that if she could to the whole thing, so could.......continue reading, click here.Share Your Birkie Fever Story
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 email@example.com. 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.
|Fitness: The Foundation of the "Foundation"
By Jay Tapper
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has three parts to their mission
statement. The first mission is, "To promote and conduct the finest
international cross country ski competition." The second is, "To serve as good
stewards of the "Birkie Trail". Can you guess the third mission? Hmmm! Times up!
The third mission is, "To support health and active lifestyles among skiers of all ages." The Foundation's success regarding the trail and race may allow them to consider expanding this mission beyond just skiers to, "Supporting the healthy and active lifestyles of all." as the trail also serves as a fitness "arena" for hiking, biking, running and new events like the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek. One could debate...Click here to continue reading.
Fitness 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: Home Exercise Options for Building Strength. Don't miss a single episode of Fitness in 5! Stream it live by clicking here. Learn more about Fitness in 5, click here.
is owner of ActivEdge LLC. ActivEdge specializes in safety, fitness,
and ergonomic programs for business and industry. ActivEdge also
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contact Jay at 218-393-8767 or www.Activedgewi.com.
|Mark Your Calendars for the 37th American Birkebeiner®: Feb. 25-27, 2010
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 www.birkie.com.
About the Birkie®
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
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.
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.
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®
2009 American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay and Trek
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Saturday, January 23, 2010
2010 American Birkebeiner Events
Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, 2010
For more information visit www.birkie.com