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October 13, 2010
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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!


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

American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay & Trek

Sept. 24, 2011

The 2011 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.


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've been enjoying fantastic Fall weather in Birkie land. The colored leaves have fallen and cooler temperatures are forecasted. A very successful Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek is behind us (you should have been there if you weren't!) and now we focus on the 2011 BirkieTour and Birkie.

There is some trail work remaining, including construction of the new warming and storage building at the Boedecker trail crossing north of "OO". We'll give you a complete trail update in the November ezine.

We'll also inform you of 2011 Birkie event highlights in the upcoming issues of the Carpe Skiem and in the Pre-race issue of the Birch Scroll that will be coming to you in late October, so stay in touch.

Stay fit,

 Ned Zuelsdorff
Executive Director

  Birkie News®
Birkie® Searches for Three Strong Skiers to Re-Enact
54-Kilometer Journey to "Save the Prince"

Photo by Kelly Randolph
The Board of Directors for the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is searching for two cross country skiers to dress as Birkebeiner warriors and a woman skier to represent Inga, the mother of baby Prince Haakon to ski the 54 kilometer journey from Cable to Hayward on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 re-enacting a historic event more than 800 years ago.

The three skiers will dress in authentic gear, ski on wooden skis, and depict the 800-year-old rescue of Prince Haakon (Hō-ken), the baby who became one of the most popular Kings in Norwegian history. Inga will ski either the 54-kilometer Classic Birkie or 23-kilometer Kortelopet before meeting up with the Birkie warriors and baby Prince Haakon at the finish line on Main Street in Hayward.

The Birkebeiner warriors became a Norwegian symbol of courage, perseverance and character in the face of adversity; and the historic rescue inspired the creation of three ski marathons...Continue Reading

Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek Events Attract 750 Athletes

Photo by Darlene Prois
Beautiful fall colors and great weather was enjoyed by over 750 runners, walkers and Nordic walkers at the 8th annual Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek held on Saturday, September 25.

This year's events started with the first ever Birkie Trail Marathon. The challenging 26.2 mile event was won by Craig Hertz of Duluth, Minnesota, with a winning time of 2:58:36. The women's marathon event was won by Jan Guenther of Mound, Minn. Guenther finished the marathon in 3:31:22.

The runners of the Marathon started their event at Hatchery Creek Park in Hayward, Wisc. and ran the Birkie and Kortelopet trail for 26.2 miles to the finish at Telemark in Cable, Wisc.

Ryan Ping, Winona, Minn. captured the first place
honors in the....Continue Reading.


Complete Birkie Trail Run and Relay Results


Make a Difference - Participate in Birkie Skiers for Cures

In the past two years the Birkie Skiers for Cures program has raised over $160,000 in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Fundraising efforts and support of the National MS Society have helped MS Researches develop many life altering therapies that have become available over the past several months. 
2011 Birkie MS Pin
2011 Birkie Skiers for Cures Pin Designed by Kay Lum

By purchasing and wearing the pin during this year's Birkie events you are not only eligible to win great prizes you are also part of the movement to, "Stop MS in its Tracks."

Be sure to read the article in the upcoming Pre-Race issue of the Birch Scroll to learn more about Birkie Skiers for Cures and the National MS Society.

More information is also available here.


Birkie® Merchandise Available Online
Photo by Brett Morgan

The 2011 Birkie Merchandise is now available online. In addition to posters and pins we also have great fleece, t-shirts, tech t-shirts and mugs. Buffs and ski hats will be available soon.

Looking for great Christmas or Birthday gifts for your favorite Birkie skier then check out all the great merchandise here.

Birkie Dryland & Roller Ski Clinic - Saturday, October 30th

The Birkie Dryland & Roller Ski Clinic is a full day camp covering stretching, dryland exercises, drills for running and ski mechanics, and two levels of roller ski coaching.

Roller Ski 101 will be for the raw beginner and Roller Ski 201 will be for the intermediate to advanced skier looking for new drills and technique analysis. Camp participants can work on either Skate or Classic technique. Roller skis will be available for those who need them.

Camp Coaches include CXC athletes Brian Gregg ( and Garrott Kuzzy (
, Jay Tapper of ActivEdge) and Bill Pierce of F.A.S.T. Performance Training.

The Camp is limited to 30 participants. Registration and more information on the Camp is available here.

Pisten Bully 100 Groomer for Sale

Pisten Bully 100
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is selling its 1999 Pisten Bully 100 grooming machine. The machine is in very good to excellent condition. It was new on the trail in the winter of 1999/2000. It is an exceptionally clean machine with an excellent service record. The service record documents will be provided.

It has 2525 hours on the engine drive card and 1830 hours on the tiller motor. All the hydraulic hoses and the tiller bar were replaced during the 2008 season. New rubber drive tracks were installed on the machine in 2006. These tracks make low snow grooming a possibility with this machine. The groomer has a 10' tiller capacity with a 12' combed surface and adjustable twin track setters. The front snow blade has a 12' capacity.

The sale price of this unit is $108,000.00 with $3,000.00 dollars of shop labor service provided toward any necessary repairs or maintenance within the first twelve (12) months after ownership transfer. Additional photos are available here.

Photos, showings, or test drive are available upon request.

For further information or a showing contact Ned Zuelsdorff at or call 715-634-5025.


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

Grampa Teaches Birkie Fever

Mark Francik Birkie Fever
Mark Francik
By Mark Francik

At my 13th Korte I was joined by my three grandsons. The oldest Bobby at 17, had skied two previous Kortes with me and was certain he could take me. His two younger brothers Jimmy 15, and Marc 13, wanted to take the challenge. The two newest skiers had only been on skis once before; with some concern I agreed to let them come.

Jimmy and Bobby reported that at the first food stop Marc was ready 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 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.
 Birkie Health & Fitness

Birkie Life - Health, Fitness and Training

Welcome to a new opportunity with the American Birkebeiner to learn more about how to train, live, and enjoy the sports that are the Birkie. Under the Birkie Life section on you will find many great features including the Birkie Training Plan, many peoples favorite Fitness in 5 section, Training and Nutrition Articles and the soon to be added recipe section.

In the Birkie Training Section you will find equipment features, a monthly training plan with training and technique articles and videos and information on upcoming clinics. 

The Fitness in 5 page includes a weekly video fitness tip and a link to WOJB where Jay Tapper and Jacque Lindskoog do a weekly Fitness In 5 segment each Friday at 10:45 a.m.

New to this section will be the Recipe section. We already have Nutrition Articles on this page, and in an effort to provide regular updates we are adding a recipe section. Please share your favorite healthy recipes with us and you may see them posted here. Recipes can be emailed to

As always we welcome your feedback. Please send comments, ideas or questions about the Birkie Life section to

 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, October 30, 2010
Fall Dryland & Roller Ski Clinic

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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