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Birkie Now on LinkedIn
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
with people all over the world who share the sport of cross country
skiing.Check out the Birkie Skiers group on LinkedIn, click here.
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.
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...Ski.Run.Live!
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. 25, 2010
The 2010 American Birkebeiner Trail Run includes you choice of:
- NEW! 26.2 mile Individual Marathon
- 26.2 mile Marathon Relay
- 13.1 mile Individual Half Marathon
- 13.1 mile 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!!!
| Greetings from the Birkie®!
Hi Skiers and Friends!
Birkie Trails have already been covered with light snow several times when
October felt like Winter was coming early. But this weekend's 60 degree weather
has provided a pleasant reprieve allowing projects to be completed both at home
and on the trail.
hope your preparations for winter and the ski season are going well. I had a
chance to attend the MadNorSki club meeting this week, and talk with some of
the 200+ very excited members who were there. It was a lot of fun and the
excitement and anticipation of the upcoming ski season were contagious.
already have more than 4,500 skiers registered for the Birkie and Kortelopet
events as we continue toward our capacity of 7,500 skiers for the 2010 American
Birkebeiner. Just a reminder that our next registration fee deadline is
November 30. So sign up now, make the commitment, and save a few dollars.
We will have a Birkie booth at the upcoming Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo, November 20-22, 2009 in the Twin Cities. Stop by the booth if you have the chance. As always, we welcome your comments and you can reach me at [email protected].
|Birkie Launches New Website
Visit www.birkie.com and check out our new website. The site still contains all of the events and details you are used to seeing, but in a more robust and dynamic setting. You will also find more photos and video and we hope that information and materials are easier to find.
All events also offer online registration. Go to the Events section and click on your event to register today!
The home page will feature the latest news, some quick links and a weekly poll. We are interested in hearing your ideas for polls. Please send ideas and feedback to Cherie at [email protected].
|Ski the First Annual BirkieTour on January 23rd
The NEW BirkieTour is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd and will provide racers and non-racers a relaxed day on the Birkie Trail in an "open track," untimed, non-competitive "tour."
Skiers may choose from a variety of event distances between 22-51K. The event is freestyle and tour trails will be groomed for classic and skate skiing.
Additional features include:
- Post Race Food and Refreshments
- Participant T-Shirts and Pins
- Worldloppet Credit
- Bus Transportation
Register online, print a registration or find more information here.
|Register Now! Next Deadline November 30th
The next registration deadline is Monday, November 30, 2009 for the Birkie and Kortelopet. Current fees are:
Birkie Registration - $95
Korte Registration - $85
If you are interested in saving some money and registering for the:
Online registration for the Birkie & Kortelopet is currently in transition and will be up and running on Friday, November 13th. Visit the Quick Links at www.birkie.com. You may also visit the Birkie and Kortelopet pages in the Events section to print individual race entry forms.
- 50K Birkebeiner Skate
- 54K Birkebeiner Classic
- 23K Kortelopet Skate
- 23K Kortelopet Classic
Completed forms may be faxed to 715-634-5663 or mailed to
ABSF, PO Box 911, Hayward WI 54843.
For more information call 715/634-5025
or email [email protected]
|The Time is Now to Find a Cure
Proceeds for Birkie Skiers for Cures will support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at this year's event. Last year we raised over $110,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Help us exceed this amount in 2010 by clicking here.Be sure to read the MS Society's article about Kyle Ferg in the upcoming issue of the Birch Scroll. Also check out the Birkie Fever story below by Henry Walker to learn more about how MS and similar diseases have affected important people in their lives.
If you have been affected by MS and are willing to share your story please contact Cherie at [email protected]. Our goal through the Birkie Skiers for Cures program is to raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis research. We are also interested in collecting data about how many of our participants and their families are living with MS. Visit wisMS.org for more information
|Thirteen Projects Receive Birkie® Young Skier Grants
Thirteen youth cross
country ski programs will get a boost this winter thanks to funding
from the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF). The Foundation
recently awarded $12,000 to programs around the country targeted to
"We received applications from 24 programs and awarded funding to
13, most of which are new or expanding programs to foster more kids
getting involved in cross country skiing," said Ned Zuelsdorff,
Executive Director of the ABSF. "We're hopeful many will get hooked on
cross country skiing as a way to get outside, stay active and promote a
To date, more than $143,000 has been awarded to 153 ski clubs and
organizations throughout the United States. ABSF Young Skier Grants
support...continue reading, click here.
|Bridge Replaced on the Birkie® Trail
The Duffy field bridge over Leons Creek on the Birkie Trail
is being replaced by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation with assistance
from the Sawyer County ATV and Snowmobile Alliance. The bridge is used for the
Birkie® Ski Race, the Hayward Lions Club Pre-Birkie Ski Race, and by
snowmobilers during the winter. It may become part of the bicycle and
pedestrian trail being considered by the Town of Hayward.
Cost of the bridge is approximately $80,000. Funding is
being provided by two recreational trail grants from the Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources.
The following donors made generous contributions to the project:
Thank you to everyone who supported and worked on the project!
- Sawyer County
- Town of Lenroot
- Town of Hayward
- David and Alvin Nelson
- Hayward Lions Club
- Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau
- Hayward Marine
- Anglers Bar and Grill, Hayward
- Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
- Hayward Power Sports
- American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation
|Birkie Trail Equipment
We have recently obtained several pieces of needed equipment
to help us maintain and groom the Birkie Trail, thanks to generous donations
from several businesses:
- Polaris has donated a Ranger 4-wheeler, side by side
utility vehicle to the Birkie and is continuing their sponsorship of the
event. The new Ranger joins the Ranger 6-wheeler Polaris previously
donated. The Rangers are invaluable in helping us with the trail
Power Sports provided us with a
Scandic 4-stroke snowmobile at a greatly discounted price. The new Scandic
joins our fleet of three similar 4-stroke, more efficient and powerful
light grooming machines. We use Scandics to groom early in the season when
snow depths are less.
Ford Mercury, Hayward, provided
the Birkie with a replacement, pre-owned 4X4 Dodge truck for trail work at
a very good price, and has become a Birkie and Birkie food station
sponsor. Curt Beilke, General Manager for Timber Ford Mercury, and his wife both
volunteer as EMTs at the Birkie finish line.
Thanks to these businesses for their strong support of the
|2010 Birkie Merchandise Now Available!
This great calendar is just one of the items available in our online store. The calendar is full of event photos, event listings and much more. In the calendar's first year we know we have inadvertently excluded some important events. We apologize for our error and are looking for a list for the 2011 calendar. Please send us your ideas.
The online store also offers the 2010 Birkie Poster and Pin. We also have a new Swix hat. To see the latest merchandise. you can visit Birkie Enterprises Online. The store is also temporarily in transition and should be available soon.
Also, available are the 2010 Birkie T-Shirts. This year's t-shirt is
available in different colors and sleeve lengths. The shirt designed by
Andy Wood can be purchased from Hidden Bay Graphics, click here to place your t-shirt order.
Proceeds from the sales of the 2010 Birkie Calendar and T-Shirts will benefit Young Skier Programs.
|Prince Haakon 12K - New Location, New Time, New Sponsor
The race course for the Prince Haakon 12K presented by State Bank of Drummond, has moved to the north end of the Birkie Trail. Both Prince Haakon skate and classic skiers will start together at the Birkie and Kortelopet start as the final wave at 10:15 a.m.
Skate skiers will follow the Birkie skate course and classic skiers will follow the Birkie Classic for approximately 7K where they will join back together and ski their final 5K on the Kortelopet course into Telemark where they will finish at the Kortelopet finish line.
This is a timed event for less experienced skiers and ski racers. There are no age classes. The top male and female finishers will receive awards and all finishers will receive completion pins. Click here for more information on the Prince Haakon 12K.
|The Best Laid Plans
By Henry Walker
The 2009 Birkie challenged both my body and
personal convictions in a way I never expected. Two weeks before "B
day" the flu found me. I was still hoping for a big recovery and
another placing in the top 100 of the elites just as the previous year,
but life had a different plan.
My hope was high at the start line, a super course was before me and
I had trained for it. I skied at a controlled pace from the gun and
took fluids, everything was going as planned.
Then, just past OO my hopes changed.......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 protected]. 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.
|Get Ready Using the Birkie Training Plan
This training plan provides guidelines for what should be done leading up to the race so you have a great event from start to finish. Whether you start in Wave or Wave 8 our goal is to provide you with fundamentals for developing the endurance and strength necessary to participate in the Birkie or other ski events this winter.
sample training plan provides different intensity levels. It is important to
work on those intensities and challenge your body so when you ski up the
beautiful hills of the Birkie, your body knows how to tolerate that effort and
recover efficiently when you ski down the hill. If you think about the Birkie,
it's a combination of hard intervals (uphill), recovery (downhill) and flat
sections (steady pace). We will incorporate all three elements in the sample
levels based on, continue reading click here.
About Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC Skiing): Central Cross Country Association ("CXC") is recognized by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association ("USSA") as the Regional Organization governing cross country skiing in the 10 state Central Region of the United States. CXC provides an organization which enables athletes, coaches and officials to achieve excellence in cross country skiing through: EDUCATION, COOPERATION, COMMUNICATION, and COMPETITION. CXC oversees youth programs; supports the Junior Olympic Qualifying system, Central Collegiate Ski Association, and Senior/Master skiing; provides athletes', coaches' and officials' education; coordinates competitions; manages a full spectrum adaptive program for all individuals with physical disabilities; trains Olympic caliber athletes; and is the Midwest pipeline to the U.S. Ski Team and the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. CXC is a 501c3 non profit corporation and gratefully accepts tax deductible donations for program enhancement.
|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.
Ski . Run . Live
Saturday, January 23, 2010
2010 American Birkebeiner Events
Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, 2010
For more information visit www.birkie.com