November 2009
                                   Volume 7 - Issue 13
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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.
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

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
  • 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...Ski.Run.Live!

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. 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

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!!!
  Greetings from the Birkie®!

Hi Skiers and Friends!

The 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.

I 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.

We 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].

Stay fit,
Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director
[email protected]

  Birkie News®
Birkie Launches New Website

Visit 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].

Happy surfing!

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:

  • 50K Birkebeiner Skate
  • 54K Birkebeiner Classic
  • 23K Kortelopet Skate
  • 23K Kortelopet Classic
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 You may also visit the Birkie and Kortelopet pages in the Events section to print individual race entry forms.

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

Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek  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 for more information

Thirteen Projects Receive Birkie® Young Skier Grants

Young Skier GrantsThirteen 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 youth skiers.

"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 healthy lifestyle."

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  

Birkie BridgeThe 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:

  • 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
Thank you to everyone who supported and worked on the project!
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 maintenance work.
  • Hayward 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.
  • Timber 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 American Birkebeiner.

Links are:


2010 Birkie Merchandise Now Available!

2009 Birkie Trail Run HalfThis 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.

  Birkie® Fever

The Best Laid Plans

By Henry Walker

Birkie Fever Henry WalkerThe 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.
 Training Tips

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.

Our 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 training plan.

Intensity Levels

Intensity 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.

 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.

Ski . Run . Live

Upcoming Events

2010 BirkieTour
Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 American Birkebeiner Events

Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, 2010

For more information visit