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Mark your calendars for the 38th American Birkebeiner
® from
Feb.  24-26, 2011!

The 2011 events include the 50K Birkie Skate sponsored by Becker Law Office, 54K Birkie Classic, and 23K Kortelopet Skate and Classic races sponsored by Marshfield Clinic of Hayward.

Birkie 2011 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 Birkie Trail Run, Relay or Trek.

January 22, 2011

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

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

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

Learn more visit

The Birkie®:
38 Years of Inspiring Skiers
to Live Fit, Healthy Lives!

 In our house, winter is a journey whose destination is the BIRKIE!

My family and I are grateful and frankly humbled by the enormous dedication of all staff and volunteers who work on the Birkie each year. It's an extraordinary event and is as much a part of our family experience as birthdays and holidays.

"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

For almost thirty years, it has been a blessing in my life! THANK YOU.

You guys run a world class event. It is the most fun you can have while torturing yourself.

My life is richer because of my experiences at the
American Birkebeiner.
Can't wait for next year!

See you at the start, race you the finish...hoping to have the time of my life along the way!

-Jim Reker

To me the day is close to a religious 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.

Better than Christmas. I will be skiing the Birkie every year I'm alive on Earth. It's that special."

Praise for 2010 Events!


Loved skiing with 8000 of my closest ski friends!!!

Keep up the good work!

My 23rd and it was one of the best! Thanks!

You do a great job. I am always impressed.

Thanks for a great race!

You all did an amazing job in making this race, with record numbers, come off extremely well. The grooming this year has been fantastic, and the trail was excellent all year.
Thank you sooo much!

Great weather, do that every year.

The race was very smooth. I thought the organization was outstanding. Congratulations on another wonderful Birkie!!

THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who make this race possible!!!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the volunteers!

Have only favorable comments to pass on after my 1st Birkie. Staff and volunteers were helpful and courteous. Carhart meets spandex!

Awesome event!

Thanks for running a very classy event.

As always, a great job! Thanks to all the volunteers.

Great race! Great volunteers! Very well organized. Thank you.

My first Birkie, I caught the FEVER!

The groomers did a fabulous job and my hat is off to them!
  Greetings from the Birkie®!

Hi Skiers and Friends!

We hope you're having fun and staying active this summer. We're coming up on our first registration cut-off at the end of July and already have more than 2,000 skiers signed up for the 2011 event this coming February, only 228 days from now! 
We're working on our summer project list just as most of you are. Projects include a classic trail corner fix, removing overhanging limbs from the trails, building a warming cabin at the Boedecker Trail crossing at 18K, and adding a small deck on the back of the "OO" warming building. The first mowing of the trails will be done by the end of the week.
Summer and Fall are great times to enjoy the trail either by bike or on foot. Come up and join us for the 8th annual Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek on September 25. We've added a full Marathon Run and a lot of fun stuff at the new finish area at Telemark. More than 100 people and 10 Marathon Relay teams are already signed up. It takes place the same weekend as both the Hayward and Cable Fall Fests so there's something for everyone to enjoy.
We always welcome your comments and you can contact me at [email protected].

Stay fit,

Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director
[email protected]

  Birkie News®
More Participant Perks at the Birkie Trail Run

Birkie Trail Run & TrekLive music, new prizes, great food and tech t-shirts will be enjoyed by participants of the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek events being held on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

Each participant of the Birkie Trail Run events  will receive a great tech t-shirt when picking up their race packets. At the finish line all registrants will be treated to pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad provided by the Brickhouse Cafe of Cable. Marketplace Foods of Hayward will provide beverages to event finishers and beer may be purchased with proceeds benefiting a local community group. Non-registrants may purchase a meal ticket for $10 which will include the meal and a non-alcoholic beverage. All athletes and spectators will enjoy live music at the finish line provided by the Namakagon String Band.

The new and more festive finish area will be located at Telemark Resort. The 2010 course has been turned around and will now traverse the trail from south to north. The Marathon Run and Marathon Relay will now start at Hatchery Park, while the Half Marathon Run and Half Marathon Birkie Trek will begin at the County Highway "OO" trailhead in Seeley. All events will finish on the grounds of Telemark. The 5K Run/Walk will start and finish at Telemark. Even if the doors of Telemark are closed at the time of the event we will have everything we need to set-up a great finish area for all event participants.

Individual Marathon and Half Marathon finishers will receive medals at the finish line. Age Class winner mugs and a tech t-shirts will be given to the first and second place finisher in each group. Overall winners (male/female) of the marathon, half marathon and 5K will receive a pair of Salomon Trail Running Shoes and a tech t-shirt.

Don't forget about the new and challenging individual Marathon Trail Run which will lead off the list of events. The individual Marathon joins the Marathon Relay, 13.1 mile individual Half Marathon, 13.1 mile Birkie Trek (Nordic Walk) and the 5K Fun/Run Walk.

Learn more about the event or register here.


Birkie Trail Work Day

We have scheduled a volunteer work morning on the Birkie Trail for this Saturday, July 17, from 8:30 AM until noon, meeting at the OO warming building. This is your opportunity to help out and maintain the trail you love! We will be going out in groups to remove debris from the trail where tree limbing work will be done. We may also be working on other portions of the trail where we're making repairs. All you need bring is a water bottle (and holder) and gloves. Let us know if you're interested by calling the Birkie office at 715-634-5025 or emailing [email protected].
Race Registration Deadline Reminder - July 31st

The first price deadline for the 2011 Birkie, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon events is July 31st. Currently there are over 2,000 skiers registered for the events.

The American Birkebeiner Board of Directors set a registration cap of 8,400 skiers for the 2011 Birkie and Kortelopet races and cap of 400 skiers for the Prince Haakon event. In addition to the cap there is also an overall deadline of January 31, 2011 for the events.

The current fees are: Birkie $80, Korte $70 and Prince Haakon $40.
Register online today or visit to print a race application.

Correct Address Information a Must

When registering for the events online please be sure to include your apartment number. This will ensure that the confirmation card we send has complete address information and makes it to you.
2011 T-Shirt Design Contest - Deadline August 2nd

Do you have a great idea for a Birkie T-Shirt? The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced their annual t-shirt design contest.  The winning t-shirt design will be the featured retail t-shirt for the 2011 event. Learn more about the 2011 T-Shirt Design Contest & read the contest rules, here.

The artist with the winning design will be recognized for their winning design and be awarded the following prize package:
  • One complimentary race registration for the 2011 or 2012 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet or Prince Haakon event
  • One VIP Parking pass to the 2011 Race Start
  • A pair of Skate or Classic Skis donated by Salomon USA
  • New Moon Ski Shop of Hayward, Wisconsin, will provide the winner with their choice of bindings and installation
Proceeds from the sales of the 2011 featured t-shirt will benefit the American Birkebeiner's Young Skier Programs. We hope that people will consider supporting the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and our effort to foster youth skiing by entering the contest.

The deadline for design submissions is Monday, August 2, 2010. The press release announcing the contest and complete rules can be found here. All inquiries and designs should be sent to Cherie at [email protected].

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation - August 14th
Membership, Annual Meeting and Board of Director Elections

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is a membership organization. There are membership levels for individuals, families and businesses. Learn more about becoming a member, click here.

Annual Meeting
The Foundation Annual Meeting for all members will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley, Wisconsin.
Time (Subject to change)
On-site Voting*: 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Meal: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. ($10 per person)
Meeting: 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

*Foundation members ballots will be sent this week and you may vote by mail or drop their ballots off at the Birkie office in Hayward. These ballots must be received at the Birkie office by Friday, August 13, 2010.

Membership Status
The by-laws have been amended removing the membership renewal and registration deadline. A ballot will be given to all paid members at the Annual Meeting including those who become or renew their membership that evening.

Board of Director Elections
This year we have four candidates for four vacancies on the Board of Directors. The candidates are:
Don Becker
John Leighton
Joe Timmerman
Mary Wingfield

You can read their profiles by clicking here.

Birkie Moving Forward with Alternate Plans

As announced this Spring, we have developed a plan in the event that Telemark Lodge is not available for Birkie Pre-Race activities. As many of you are already aware the doors of Telemark Lodge were closed on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The Telemark Interval Owners Association (TIOA) is still working with potential buyers with the hope of selling the lodge and re-opening the doors. Although the doors are closed, the property, including the trails remain accessible.

The alternate plan includes using the Hayward Middle School gymnasium for pre-race activities including bib pick-up, the skier expo, race information booth and Birkie clothing. The facility will be open at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February, 24th and open all day Friday, February 25th.

The Birkie, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon 12K races on Saturday, February 26, will again start at the normal start area. The Kortelopet and Prince Haakon events will still finish at Telemark. We are working on the details for the On-Snow Demo, Junior Birkie and Cheqtel 5/10K.

The Welcoming Ceremony will take place on Hayward's Main Street on Thursday, February 24th prior to the Barnebirkie. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Hayward Middle School on the evening of Saturday, February 26th.
"We share a long history with Telemark and we are deeply saddened by the closure of the Lodge," said Ned Zuelsdorff, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Executive Director. "We are doing everything we can to reduce the impact on the race itself and will continue to work with the TIOA to use the outside property for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek events in September, the BirkieTour in January and many of the Birkie events in February. If the situation changes and the doors of Telemark re-open then we will return to Telemark if at all possible."
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 10,000 plus 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 [email protected] if you think your company is interested in this opportunity.

2011 Birkie Skiers for Cures Supports the National MS Society

National MS SocietyThe 2011 Birkie Skiers for Cures fundraising campaign will again support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To date Birkie Skiers for Cures have raised over $160,000 for MS and it will be used for research to bring us closer to a cure for this chronic, often debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. You can get started now in raising funds and find more information here.


2011 BirkieTour Registration Now Open

Birkie Trail Run & TrekThe 2011 BirkieTour will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Last year over 500 skiers participated in this fun, non-competitive event.

Skier registration and more information for the 2011 BirkieTour is available here.


  Birkie® Fever

A True Birkie Champion

By Mary Maddox

Christopher BusleeBirkie Fever runs deep at our house. On the wall are 30 Birkie pins with a spot waiting for Birkie 2011. What makes Christopher Buslee a true champion is that he has lined up for all of these races as a Type 1 Diabetic.

He trains with passion and must continually work through the ups and downs of trying to maintain his blood sugars. He stops during the race to ....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.
 Training Tips

Heat and Cold Therapies

By Jay L. Tapper

Heat and cold therapies are common types of conservative treatments that can be used to recover from injury or exercise. Heat therapy increases blood flow by causing blood vessels to dilate (enlarge) while cold therapy reduces blood flow by causing blood vessels to constrict (narrow).

Learn more about the uses, benefits and proper techniques for heat and cold therapies
...Click Here

Weekly Fitness Tip

Tune in each week to WOJB for Fitness in 5 hosted by Jay Tapper and Jacque Lindskoog. Every Friday at 10:45 a.m. they discuss a new fitness topic and present an exercise. Make it a habit! Learn more here.

Jay TapperJay Tapper is owner of ActivEdge LLC. ActivEdge specializes in safety, fitness, and ergonomic programs for business and industry. ActivEdge also provides personal training services. Jay is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. For further information contact Jay at 218-393-8767 or

Avoid Facial Injuries During the Summer Months

By James A. Hamp, M.D.

Summer is a great time for bicycling enthusiasts to get out on the road for a recreational or competitive ride. It's also a time when riders get thrown over their handle bars.

Facial injuries are more common than most people realize as competitive and recreational athletes spend their summer days biking, playing catch, shooting hoops or kicking a soccer ball around a field. When an accident happens, one's response can make the difference between a temporary inconvenience and permanent injury. Knowing how to respond is key.

Sports injuries can cause broken bones or fractures of the face. Common symptoms include...Continue Reading.

Dr. James HampDr. James Hamp is a Board-certified Otolaryngologist, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Schedule an appointment at his office in Ashland, Wisconsin (715/682-9311) or Ironwood, Michigan (906/932-3493) or email us now.  
 The Birkie®

The Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race--the legendary American Birkebeiner--The Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 88-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. Located near Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, the Birkie is now an outdoor sports mecca, a series of great races, a fitness destination, and a lifestyle. Ski.Run.Liv

Becker Law2009 Birkie Trail Run Half
Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 14, 2010
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Birkie Trail Run & Trek

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thursday, February 24-Saturday, February 26, 2011
Birkie 2011