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February 18, 2010
                                         Volume 8 - Issue 4

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Skier Confirmation
Birkie Week Schedule
Birkie Merchandise
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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.

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.

January 22, 2011

Come out, ski and enjoy the Birkie and Birkie Classic Trails and participate in the Birkie Tour Founder!

The tour is an untimed, non-competitive, "open-track" event open to skiers age 13 and older.

Tour Options

Birkie & Korte Tour Distances
Registration will be available this Spring!

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!

Only a week to the 2010 Birkie and we will be ready! It is very exciting with an all-time record 8,000 Birkie and Korte skiers, fantastic trail conditions and very promising weather forecasts. We're expecting a great American Birkebeiner and more than 10,000 total skiers.
Please take a close look at the first article below. Our record numbers mean a greater chance for difficulty in getting into Telemark Resort, both for bib pick-up Thursday and Friday, and for the race start itself. There will be shuttle buses Friday afternoon running constantly, between the Lodge and our main parking lot on Telemark Road, to get you in to pick up your bib.
We will also have special buses running from Hayward to the Lodge and Start Line Saturday morning. Reduce your pre-race stress, park in Hayward, ride a bus to Telemark and have your car waiting for you when you finish. Using the buses will help you, us and everyone have an even better event! Please do it.
The greatest cross-country ski event in North American is waiting for you. Get here early and enjoy it. See you soon.

Stay Fit!

Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director
[email protected]

  Birkie News®
Parking and Busing Race Week

We have record numbers of skiers this year and traffic congestion is very likely. Please help yourself, and other skiers have more fun and a better experience by making use of the following free busing services.
Thursday: Parking for Bib Pick-up and the Ski Expo will be at Telemark Resort.
Friday:  NEW!  Because of the high volume of traffic as well as events taking place at Telemark Resort, the Telemark Road parking area (just ½ mile from Telemark Resort , 1/4 mile south of Co Rd M) will be open from Noon until 7 p.m.  Shuttle buses will take skiers to Telemark Resort and will return to the parking area on a continuous schedule.  
Saturday:  NEW THIS YEAR! Parking will be available at the Hayward High School, Greenwood Lane, 1.5 miles south of Hayward between 5:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m.  Buses will take skiers to Telemark Resort and will return skiers to the High School parking area from the finish lines.  Once again, parking will also be available at the Donnellan Field lot on Railroad Street 2 blocks south of Hwy 27 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.  There is no return busing.  The Donnellan lot is 5 blocks from the finish line.  WE ENCOURAGE PARTICIPANTS TO UTILIZE THESE PARKING LOTS!
In addition, the COMO parking area and Cable Business Lot Skier Drop Off areas will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. for bus transport to Telemark Resort.  The Telemark Road parking area has limited space and will likely close by 8:00 a.m.  Please watch for signs indicating that the Telemark Road parking area is closed and park at the COMO lot or drop skiers at the Cable Business Lot.
Additional Busing and Parking is available here.


Birkie/Korte/Prince Haakon Bib Pick-Up

Race registration for the Birkie/Korte/Prince Haakon is CLOSED!

Bib Pick-Up at Telemark Resort:

Thursday, February 25th - Noon to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 26th - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27th - 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Race Registration for Barnie, Junior Birkie, 5/10K & Citizen Sprints

Your last chance to pre-register for the Salomon/Swiss Miss Barnebirkie, CenturyTel Junior Birkie, and Cheqtel 5K/10K and Johnson Bank Citizen Sprints is Friday, February 19 by 10:00 a.m.

After that time you can register in person for these events. To register online or for more information visit the Events Section of and select the event(s) on the left hand side.

Birkie Week Schedule of Events

Come Take A Flight with Lake Superior Helicopters!

Lake Superior Helicopters will be offering tours and rides on both Friday and Saturday along the race course.  Get a perspective of the racecourse you have never seen before starting at $49.00 per seat!  Call Lake Superior Helicopters to reserve your flight @ (218) 213-7095.
Share Your Event Photos and Video

Would you like to see your favorite skier featured on our website or in Birkie promotional materials? Then share your photos and video with us. You can submit your video links from YouTube, Vimeo, Google, Yahoo or Veoh and photos to [email protected].

Once submitted the American Birkebeiner has the right and permission to use the photos and video in promotions and advertisement. Thanks for sharing your images and videos with us!


Skier Raffle, Awards & Awards Ceremony

Skier Raffle
All skiers of the Birkie, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon are eligible for great raffle prizes. We will randomly select winners from the 2010 Skier List and raffle winners will find a large bright yellow sticker attached to their skier envelope at Bib Pick-Up. Raffle awards must be picked up race weekend and we strongly suggest you pick up the prizes in the Laukka Theater at Telemark after you pick up your bib and race packet:
  • Thursday, February 25th from Noon-9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 26th from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feburary 27th from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Age Class Awards
Skiers may pick-up age class awards:
  • Saturday, Feburary 27th from 6:30-9:00 p.m.(Laukka Theater, Telemark)
  • Sunday, February 28th from 8:00 a.m.-Noon (Vet's Center, Hayward)
Birkie Slide Show/Awards Ceremony
Telemark Resort-Saturday, February 27th
  • 6:30 p.m. Birkie Slide Show
  • 7:00 p.m. Birkie/Korte Awards Ceremony/Party
Birkie Bash
Telemark Resort-Saturday, February 27th
8:00 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Birkie Bash Featuring:
  • Obijwe Dancers and Singers from Lac Courte Oreilles
  • Live Music by Fido and the Love Dogs
  • Three Floors of The Best Micro Brew You Can Find Anywhere
  • Angry Minnow, South Shore Brewery & The Northwoods Brewery
2010 Birkie/Kortelopet Race Results

The 2010 Race Results will be available in the following locations:

Race Receipts
Skiers may pick-up a Race Receipt listing their finish time from the Finish Line Tents at the Birkie and Kortelopet Finish. Race Receipts for Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon can be obtained from either location.

Posted Results
Results will be posted as soon as available at Race Headquarters and in the Celebration Tent in Hayward, the Kortelopet Finish Line, and at Telemark in the Laukka Theater.

Printed Results
Courtesy of the Sawyer County Record skiers will be able to pick up a printed copy of the 2010 Race Results on Sunday, February 28th by 6:00 a.m. in Cable at the Cable Chamber of Commerce, in Seeley at the Sawmill Saloon, in Hayward at the Birkie Office, Marketplace Foods and the Sawyer County Record.

Online Results:

All Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon skiers are encouraged to check their results within 24 hours. Any timing problems or questionable results should be reported immediately. A form will be available at or you can visit our office, call 715-634-5025 or email [email protected].
Climbing Beyond Our Limits

Lori Schneider from Bayfield, WI, the first person with Multiple Sclerosis to summit Mt. Everest will make a presentation titled, "Climbing Beyond Our Limits" at the Birkie Skier Expo on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.

The presentation will take place in the Parlor at Telemark Resort. Signs will be posted in the Telemark Resort lobby with directions to get to this motivational talk. Skiers and spectators are encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend. The presentation is sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society.

2010 Sit-Ski Event

There are two options for this year's Birkie Sit Skiers: 
  • 9:00 a.m. - Sit Ski Event on Main Street, Hayward
  • Noon - 3K Sit Ski Starting at Wheeler Rd. & skiing to the Birkie Finish on Hayward's Main Street
Skiers will use the latest adaptive ski equipment as they ski to the Birkie Finish Line. Skiers interested in participating in the Sit-Ski events should contact our
office at [email protected] or 715-634-5025 by Monday, February 22.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to try using a Sit-Ski at the ski demo on Thursday and Friday at Telemark Lodge. 

Sit-Skis are being constructed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison thanks to a generous donation from Becker Law Office, S.C., and a strong group of volunteers. This equipment is then donated to ski centers, willing to assist and foster use of this adaptive equipment by disabled athletes.

You can help this effort. We are looking for used equipment to be used to construct Sit-Skis. The following equipment is needed:
  • Race cut skate or classic skis. They need to be a race cut, not a wide touring. If classic, they can not be fish scale or other waxless. Skis should be around 185 +/- .Bases should be in good shape.
  • Poles need to be pairs with any type of adjustable straps and at least 120cm long. Broken poles at the basket end don't work, as the taper won't allow for baskets to be reapplied, poles broken at the top will work, but rarely do poles break at the top. Baskets need to be of the smaller modern racing variety, as opposed to the large round floppy variety.
  • Bindings need to be any type of Salomon Profil; manual, automatic, classic, and skate will work. We don't need to sole plate, or the rubber flexor for that matter, just the toe piece with the 3 screw plate.
You can drop off your used equipment to be donated and dropped off at the CXC booth at the Skier Expo at Telemark, Thursday or Friday of race week, February 25 and 26, 2010.

A big thank you to Becker Law Office, S.C. for sponsoring this event and to Fishing Has No Boundaries for supporting and assisting the sit-ski athletes on Race Day. For information on the sit-ski event visit the Sit-Ski Event page.


2009 Birkie Trail Run HalfSkiers for Cures Pins

Be sure to visit the National MS Society Expo Booth at Telemark on Thursday and Friday. Purchase your pin and you will be eligible for great prizes. The cost of the pin is $20 with proceeds going to the National MS Society.

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.

  Birkie® Fever

30 Years of Birkie Fever for Joan McNaughton

By Janelle Jurek & Carolyn Krampe

Joan McNaughtonThink of all the training, planning, and logistics of getting to your wave start at the Birkie. Now think of doing that for the 30th time. That's exactly what 67-year-old Joan McNaughton, Minneapolis, Minnesota, has planned for February 27, 2010, at the 37th American Birkebeiner.

Joan skied her first Birkie in 1977. She hasn't skied every race consecutively, but has only missed the event for reasons related to skiing. She missed the 2002 Birkie to volunteer at the cross-country ski venue at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. One year she skied the Kortelopet following a surgery.

Amid stories of the early years, Joan shared fearsome memories of Valhalla hill, and arriving to the start area with seconds to spare.
"It was a good thing we were plenty early the first year, since.
.......continue reading.

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.
 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 7,900 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

Thursday, February 25, 2010
12:30 p.m. Barnebirkie
1:30 p.m. Barnie Ski Games
2:30 p.m. Elite Sprints

Friday, February 26, 2010
9:00 a.m. Junior Birkie
10:00 a.m. Children's Snowshoe Hike
12:30 p.m. Skijoring Demo
1:00 p.m. Welcoming Ceremonies
1:30 p.m. Citizen Sprints
2:15 p.m. 5/10K Fun Ski

Saturday, February 27, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 2010 American Birkebeiner/Kortelopet
10:15 a.m. - Prince Haakon
6:30 p.m. - Birkie Slide Show
7:00 p.m. Birkie/Korte Awards Ceremony/Party

Click for a complete Schedule of Events.

Birkie 2011 - February 24-26, 2011