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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!
We received 5-8" of snow last night and this morning as
winter arrived throughout the region. We have begun rolling and grooming the
Birkie Trail system. It's skiable but we are envious of the snow and skiing
that's arrived further south. We will catch up! It's nice to see the widespread
snow allowing many of you to get out and prepare for the 37th Birkie
You are obviously thinking about the Birkie as we're on
record pace for registrations with almost 5,900 of you already registered, more
than 1,400 ahead of last year at this time. In fact, Skate Waves 2 and 3 are filling quickly and near closing. As you'd expect we're working on
putting the 2010 Birkie together to give you the best event we possibly can.
Skiers are also signing up for the new BirkieTour. This fun
event offers something for everyone. It's your chance to spend a great day with
family and friends on this famous trail.
We hope you enjoyed the Pre-Race Birch Scroll. Keep watching
for more updates.
|Three Skiers & A Baby Will Re-Enact 800-Year-Old Birkebeiner Legend
The search for
three cross country skiers and a baby to re-enact the 800-year-old legend that
inspired the creation of the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race from
Cable to Hayward, Wis. is over.
During the 37th anniversary on Saturday, February
27, 2010, brothers David and Grant Nelson will
assume the roles of Torstein and Skervald, the Birkebeiner warriors who rescued
Prince Haakon (Hō-ken) during the Norwegian Civil War in 1206.
The two Viking warriors, called "Birkebeiners" for the
protective birch bark leggings they wore, skied more than 50 kilometers through
rugged mountains and forested terrain smuggling the infant son of King
Syverresson and Inga of Vartieg from Lillehammer to safety in the town of
The rescued prince became one of the most popular kings in
Norwegian history, and the Birkebeiner soldiers became a Norwegian symbol of
courage, perseverance and character in the face of adversity.
David's wife, Josie Nelson
will dress as Inga from Varteig, mother of Prince Haakon, while their 13-month old son Karl will assume the
role of the cherished prince.
Josie clothing...Continue reading...click here. _________________________________________________________________
|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.
|Looking for a Tax Deduction? Support the
Most of you have been on the Birkie Trails many times and
appreciate what a great and challenging trail it is. Many of you have also had
the chance to ski on portions of the Birkie Classic Trail which has now been completed
reaching "OO". We love these trails and do what we can to protect, maintain,
and improve the trails throughout the year and groom them to perfection in the
Winter. You can help us is this effort by becoming a "Birkie Trail Friend" and
sponsor one of the kilometers and get a tax deduction yet this year. Thirty
four individuals, families, businesses, organizations and groups of friends
have already done this!
It's easy and there are several Birkie and Birkie Classic
Trail Ks looking for a Sponsor. More information is available here. Help
us continue to give you and other silent sports enthusiasts the best trail
|Skiers for Cures Pins Available Soon!
The 2010 Skiers for Cures pins shown here will be available
next week. The cost of the pin is $20 with proceeds going to the National MS
Society. This great pin designed by Birkie Skier, Kay Lum can be purchased
online wisms.org, in person at the
Birkie Office or at the National MS Society Booth at the Birkie Skier Expo. In
addition to purchasing a fun pin to support a great cause you will also be
entered into a raffle drawing with wonderful prizes including free entries for
the 2011 Birkie or Kortelopet.
Raise Funds and Be Eligible for Prizes
Interested in raising money for the Skiers for Cures
program? Get started now - click here.
For each $250 raised the fundraiser will have their name
entered in a raffle drawing for great getaways at area resorts and other items
including special prizes donated by skiing legend Bjorn Daehlie. More on that
|Team Competition Returns to 2010 Birkie
There's nothing like the energy of a team
to bring out the best in a group of athletes. The team spirit and
camaraderie motivates men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Now
there's an outlet for all that energy, training and motivation. The
Team Competition is intended to be a fun addition to the American
The ABSF and Lake Superior College in
Duluth, Minnesota will again present the Team Competition. For 2010 the
Team Competition has been expanded to include an Open category for
organization, e.g. businesses and club teams of men and women,
regardless of age.
Team Divisions Include:Get your friends together and visit the Team Competition page to get started.
|Nikolai Petrovich Anikin Remembered
On Dec. 6, friends and family of former Soviet skiing legend Nikolai Anikin, who along with his wife became a cherished fixture of Midwest skiing, celebrated his life at Duluth's Snowflake ski area. Click here to read a profile of him and reminiscences from some 30 former colleagues and athletes, including Vladimir Smirnov and John Bauer.
|Record Number of Entrants for 2010 Birkie
Did you participate in our online poll this past week? The poll asked:Last year at this time 4390 skiers were registered in the Birkie,
Korte and Prince Haakon. How many people are registered for 2010 now?
If you said 5813 then you are correct! Only 13% of the poll respondents selected this answer. Most thought it was 4926. As of today, Tuesday, December 9th there are 5875 registered skiers.
Participate in this week's poll by clicking here. Every Tuesday or Wednesday we will feature a new poll on the Home Page of the website (scroll down). Once you answer the poll you will see how fellow skiers responded.
Have a poll idea? Send ideas to email@example.com.
|Many Great Birkie Items for Under $25
Looking for last minute Christmas items? Let us help! Our online store features great items like the 2010 Calendar pictured here. The 2010 Birkie Poster and Pin and the new Birkie Swix hat are all available for less than $25. To see the latest merchandise. you can visit Birkie Enterprises Online.
The 2010 Birkie 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.
|The Ultimate Virtual Birkie Experience
is the ultimate tool in online virtual race preparation. Enter your
projected or past race results for running, biking, triathlon or Nordic
skiing events to prepare for or re-live each race.
Created by Birkie Skier, Todd Goold, RaceMyRace promises to
revolutionize race preparation. Skiers at all levels will benefit from
the virutal training RaceMyRace offers.
Visit www.RaceMyRace.com to view your 2009 Birkie.
10th Annual 24 Hours at Telemark Ski Marathon- January 9-10, 2010
Freestyle, Classical 24-hour (or less) of fun at this relay
event, 10 a.m. Saturday - 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be 3, 6, 12 and 24 hour
categories for solo, duo and relay teams up to 6 skiers over a 5K loop on the
Telemark Ski Trails in Cable, WI. The
course is fun and safe to ski both by day or night, and as usual will be
exceptionally groomed. We will be
adding more women's and family oriented categories this year as our goal is
have an event that is fun for skiers of all levels; whether you are an elite
skier putting in some early season base km's or there to experience to camaraderie of Team competition.
As usual there will be a great swag bag for all participants
and a huge awards and door prize give away held at the end of the event. It is not a RACE it is A Happening.
For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-212-6912 or go www.the24hoursoftelemark.com for complete details.
USSA Super Tour - January 30-31, 2010 - Telemark Resort
The USSA SuperTour is the premier domestic race series for cross country skiing in the U.S. with 24 races at 11 venues around the nation. Each race is sanctioned by USSA and historically offers the best field of racers and the best race "points" for those looking to improve their National Ranking List and FIS points which are used in part to choose our World Championship and Olympic Teams.
The USSA SuperTour offers a significant purse ($3800) of prize money for each day of racing to racers of both genders with $750 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, $250 for 3rd, $200 for 4th, $150 for 5th, and $100 for 6th. This prize money goes a long way towards enticing the top athletes to participate and to help them sustain their racing careers.
This year USSA announced it will hold a USSA Masters SuperTour by scoring six of the existing USSA SuperTour races for masters racers in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's + divisions for season ending titles and prizes. Got to USSA.org cross country news for more information.
|It's All About Perspective
By Lisa Stein
This is a follow up article to "True Colors" about skier Gary Slavik which appeared in the Pre-Race Birch Scroll. We found inspiration and hope in Lisa's articles about her father. We hope you do too!
According to dictionary.com, perspective is "the
state of one's ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a
meaningful interrelationship." When we are able to gather facts and
combine them with our own beliefs and feelings, we develop perspective.
The concept of perspective is what allows us to use our unique life
experiences and find our personal heros. It also allows us to........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.
|Get Ready Using the Birkie Training Plan
This is a third article to help you organize
your training plan in preparation for this year's Birkie. To view the
previous articles please see October and November
Training Articles. This training plan provides you with guidelines of
what should be done leading up to the race so you have a great event
from start to finish. Click here to continue reading.
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