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September 9, 2010
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2011 Birkie Poster

2011 Birkie Poster

Be one of the first to have the 2011 Birkie Poster on display.
Order yours today!
Price: $16.00
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  Birkie Legacy Poster

Birkie Legacy Poster

The single most requested item in our merchandise line is back! We have recreated the Birkie Legacy poster which depicts the famous Rescue of Prince Haakon. The poster is 22"x17".
Price: $16.00
(includes shipping & handling)

Order now!

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!

The Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek is just over two weeks away. We are looking forward to having a record number of participants with over 800 athletes running or walking under the Fall colors. I hope you're able to join us on the Birkie® Trail on September 25th.
Our registration numbers continue to grow with more than 4400 skiers registered for the
38th American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet.

We are also working on retail items for the Birkie. Everyday we are receiving 2011 merchandise including t-shirts, fleece clothing and pottery. Be sure to check out the winning t-shirt design featured in this ezine. We expect to have most of our merchandise available for purchase in our office and online by October 1st. Proceeds from the merchandise sales benefit young skier programs.

As always, we welcome your comments and you can contact me at [email protected].

Stay fit,

Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director
[email protected]

  Birkie News®
Birkie® Announces T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

2011 Birkie Winning T-Shirt Design by Nitin Iyer
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has determined a winner of the Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest for the 2011 event. The winning t-shirt design will be the featured retail t-shirt for the event. 

"We created the t-shirt design contest last year as a way to allow artists and those who love the Birkie a creative way to participate in the event," said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. "The contest was so popular that we decided to do it again for the 2011 Birkie."

"More than a dozen people submitted designs and the panel of judges had a very difficult time determining the winner," said Zuelsdorff. "There were so many excellent submissions that it was really hard to pick just one."

"It is our goal to inspire people to live active and healthy lives by participating in our events throughout the year.  More simply put, we hope that people choose to 'Live the Birkie.'" said Zuelsdorff. "We believe that this year's winning t-shirt design reflects the energy of the Birkie and will in turn inspire people to 'Live the Birkie.'"

The winning design by Nitin Iyer reflects the history of the race, the challenge of the course and popularity of the event.

"My main source of inspiration for my design was...Continue Reading.

Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek - Saturday, September 25th

Birkie Trail Run & Trek
The 2010 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek is only two short weeks away.

Race registration is available online until Thursday, September 23rd. Athletes can also register and pick up bibs at the Birkie Office from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, September 24th. Race registration for Relay Teams closes at 8 p.m. Friday evening and is limited to 75 teams.

All other athletes may register Saturday morning at Telemark Resort. Race registration and bib pick-up at Telemark begins at 6:00 a.m. and remains open until 15 minutes prior to each event's bus departure.

Relay Team Captains can pick-up bibs at Hatchery Creek Park from 7:00-8:30 a.m. Saturday morning and should participate in the Team meeting at 8:45 a.m.

Event Start Times
  • 8:00 a.m. Individual Marathon-Hatchery Creek Park
  • 9:00 a.m. Marathon Relay-Hatchery Creek Park
  • 9:00 a.m. Birkie Trek-"OO"
  • 10:30 a.m. Individual Half Marathon-"OO"
  • 11:30 a.m. 5K Fun Run/Walk-Telemark
Fun awaits at the finish line with great food, raffle prizes and live music by Five O'Clock Shadow and the Namekagon String Band. Results will be posted and all events will enjoy Awards Ceremonies. Spectators will also enjoy the fun and can purchase a meal ticket for $10 which will include food and a non-alcoholic beverage.

All events take place on Saturday, September 25th, visit the
Schedule of Events
for additional information. Online registration or printable forms are
available here.


Traffic Detour in Cable for Birkie Trail Run

The Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek is held in conjunction with the Cable and Hayward Fall Festivals. This is a great time of year to visit the area and partake in a great event and enjoy the community festivals with great food, music and vendor booths.

Please note that during the Birkie Trail Run Events there will be a detour around downtown Cable:
  • Follow US Hwy 63 one block north of County Hwy M to Spruce Street
  • Turn right onto Spruce Street
  • Follow Spruce Street to Randysek Road
  • Take a right onto Randysek Road and go one block until Cty Hwy M
  • Take a left onto Cty. Hwy M to Telemark Road
  • Follow Telemark Road to Telemark Resort
A map of the detour route is available here.

Medals for Birkie Trail Run Marathon, Half Marathon Runners and Birkie Trek Participants

Birkie Trail Run Marathon MedalBirkie Half Marathon Trek Medal

Athletes participating in the Birkie Trail Run Marathon, Half Marathon and Birkie Trek will receive medals when crossing the finish line.

The medals are a great way to recognize the athlete's accomplishment of completing
these events.
American Birkebeiner® Announces Partnership with the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital

The American Birkebeiner is pleased to announce that the newest sponsor of its events will be the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.
"The Hayward Area Memorial Hospital is joining our great team of sponsors as the presenting sponsor of the 5/10K Family Ski Events," said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. "The Family Ski Event is a perfect match for our area hospital because the event focuses on families enjoying the healthy sport of cross country skiing on a fun, family friendly course."
This year's 5/10K Family Ski Events will take place on Friday, February 25th. The event will now start on Hayward's Main Street, ski to Hayward Golf Course were participants will ski loops until they ski their desired distance and return to the finish line on Main Street.
All participants will receive...Continue Reading.

Birkie Offers Matching Donation to CAMBA to Build Single Track - Deadline September 19th

The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) is seeking donations to complete Phase Three of their single-track project that will connect the OO trailhead of the Makwa Trail to the Ojibwa Trail near the North End and Cable. If you've had a chance to ride Makwa, you know it's a gem. It's also fun to run and in the winter it will be great for snowshoeing.

The Birkie Board is offering the following challenge to mountain bikers and other trail users. The Birkie will match donations made to CAMBA by September 19th for completion of the trail, up to $1,000 total. More information about CAMBA and making a tax-deductible donation is available here.

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

Charity Benefits from a Birkie Challenge

By Ben Rode

At lunch in mid-October 2009, I mentioned that for years I had considered picking up cross country skiing and attempting to ski The Birkie. There was an uproar of laughter when I told the lunch goers what the Birkie was. I figured that the idea would drop and I would be in the same place next year contemplating and not doing the Birkie. In a moment I will not soon forget one coworker looked at me across the table with a big grin on his face and announced that if I did it he would help me get sponsors for the charity of my choice.  I accepted his challenge with considerable trepidation (certainly more than I let on).
The ensuing months were awash in odds to finish, big statements ("I'll pass thousands of people"), surprising generosity and learning all about cross country skiing.  
One month prior to the Birkie I made another declaration, "I have at least a 70% chance to finish." This was met with more laughter while a couple of coworkers sarcastically pointed out that I was the best (because I am the only) cross country skier they know. With a little over a month to go before the race I ramped up ....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

The End of Summer is Nearing

The end of another summer season is quickly approaching and the feel of crisp mornings and the smell of damp leaves is in the air.  This means many of us will start fall dry land training and thinking about the soon falling snow and skiing! 
The Birkie receives numerous inquiries about how a new participant can train for one of the Birkie Events or how an intermediate skier can get faster.  The American Birkebeiner is now introducing online health, fitness, and training education in cooperation with ActivEdge, Boulder Nordic Sport, and F.A.S.T. Performance Training. Starting in October, will have a new page that will offer articles, videos, and training plans to help you get fit, stay fit, and get faster!
Whether your goal is to participate in the Birkie Trek Nordic walk or to move up to a faster wave in the Birkie Skate or Classic events, you will find something useful on this new page. Training plans, equipment, technique drills, nutrition, clothing, and other topics will be presented on a monthly basis with weekly updates. Visit and come back often for great information on how to Live the Birkie!
 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, September 25, 2010

Birkie Trail Run & Trek

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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