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January 6, 2011
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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!

Ski conditions on the Birkie Trail system have been great, although we could use some fresh snow! Many skiers were here over the holidays and enjoyed the trails from the North End to Rosie' s Field. Ski events are beginning, but there's always plenty of room on the Birkie Trails for everyone.

More than 360 skiers are already registered for the 2nd BirkieTour just over two weeks from now. It's your chance to spend a fun day with family and friends skiing on the Kortelopet, Birkie and Birkie Classic trails.

We have an all time record 8,706 skiers registered for the Birkie and Kortelopet races. As you know, registration has closed for the 2011 Birkie and Kortelopet races, although our sponsor, Smartwool is holding a contest and will give away their complimentary registrations to the lucky winners. In addition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is holding an auction for ten Birkie and Kortelopet registrations as a fundraiser. More information is available below. There still are 182 registrations available for the Prince Haakon 12K race.

We'll be sending you another Carpe Skiem in January and two in February to keep you updated on the Birkie events. You can always check out for information and updates as well.

Stay Fit and see you on the Trails!

 Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

  Birkie News®
Register Today for the BirkieTour

2011 BirkieTour LogoThe second annual BirkieTour will be held on Saturday, January 22nd. Skiers age 13 and older may choose from event distances ranging from 25 to 50 kilometers.

The BirkieTour events begin at Telemark Resort. Skiers should drive to Telemark, park their cars, and plan to begin the Tour between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.


"The tour is a non-competitive, untimed, fun event using the portions of the Birkie, Birkie Classic and Kortelopet Trails," said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF). "We invite everyone to come out with their friends and family and enjoy a supported day on the trail."

Participants of the long BirkieTour finish their event at Hatchery Park and participants of the 25K Tour will finish at the Birkie Trailhead at County OO. All Tour participants will receive refreshments at the finish lines including chili, hot dogs and cookies donated by Marketplace Foods and Swiss Miss hot chocolate. Buses at each finish area will return skiers to Telemark Resort parking lots.


The BirkieTour will have mini-aid stations at various points along the course. The aid stations will offer water and HEED electrolyte drink. Skiers are strongly encouraged to carry their own energy products and additional food and fluid.

From the BirkieTour page you can either register online or print out a tour registration form. Registration will also be available at the Cable Community Center on Friday, January 21 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 22 from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m.

"BirkieTour participants who have pre-registered will receive a great long sleeve event t-shirt and pin," said Zuelsdorff. "Best of all, you'll be skiing, either classic or skate, on one of the best cross-country ski trail systems in the World."

Pre-registered skiers can pick up their tour pins, t-shirts and materials at the Cable Community Center on Friday, January 21 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. or on Saturday, January 22 from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. Pre-registered skiers will be eligible for door prizes.                       


To learn more about the BirkieTour or to register for the event, click here.

The BirkieTour is sponsored by Hammer Nutrition, Becker Law, Gear West, ActivEdge and Marketplace Foods. 

Snow Sculpture Contest Added to 2011 Birkie Schedule of Events

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is looking for artists, both amateur and professional, to participate in the Birkie Snow Sculpture Contest. The contest will be a part of the 2011 Birkie Festivities taking place February 24-26.

"The Snow Sculpture Contest is a fun way for families, friends, school groups and professional snow sculptors to display their talents and love of snow," said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF). "This is our first year for the contest and we are allowing 16 teams to enter. The sculptures will be created and displayed around downtown Hayward, Wisconsin."

The Birkie Snow Sculpture Contest begins at ...Continue Reading.

Last Chance to Register for the 2011 Birkie or Kortelopet!

Not registered for the 2011 Birkie or Kortelopet? You still have a chance to register thanks to the support of Birkie Sponsor, Smartwool and our friends at the National MS Society. Read the information below to learn about the opportunities that are available.

Smartwool LogoSmart Wool's Birkie Contest

Simply answer a short list of questions at and you'll be entered to win one of five Birkebeiner/Kortelopet entries, along with a SmartWool baselayer top, baselayer bottom and Nordic socks!

Smartwool's contest will run January 6-21. All winners will be notified by Friday, January 28.

National MS SocietyNational MS Society's Program:

  • Place a bid by emailing your name, address, phone number and bid amount to Kelly Wierdsma at Each person who bids will be assigned a bid ID number.
  • Top 10 bids will be posted with bid ID on Facebook and updated daily (10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.).
  • Bids may be increased in increments of $5.00 by emailing Kelly.
  • Top 10 bids will receive 2011 Birkebeiner/Kortelopet registration. Winners will be notified by email on January 15.
  • Auction runs between January 3, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. and January 14, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

Ski the Birkie and help find a cure for MS!

Dr. Tim's Offers Opportunity to Win

Dr. Tim's LogoDr. Tim's sponsor of the new Barkie Birkie 5K Skijor Race has announced a contest to win one of three grand prize entries into the 2011 Barkie Birkie 5K Skijor race or one of seven second place prizes, 18 pounds of Dr. Tim's Dog Food.

The Barkie Birkie will start and finish on Hayward's Main Street on Friday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m. The event is open to 50 Skijor teams and as of today half of the field is registered.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Northwood's Humane Society.
To register for the Birkie Barkie or to learn more about Dr. Tim's contest, click here.

Camp Birkie for Kids Returns

Looking for a great child care option for your children while you ski the 2011 Birkie or Kortelopet? Look no further. In its fifth year Camp Birkie for Kids, an Environmental Education Camp, provides children from Kindergarten to sixth grade an opportunity to experience nature and the beauty of the Northwoods while their parents race.


The Camp is organized and supported by the Conserve School of Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. The camp program focuses on the environment, sustainable practices through craft projects with recycled materials, games and a lot of other hands on fun activities. Students will also take a field trip to the Cable Natural History Museum and participate in outdoor snow activities. Snacks and lunch are included.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cable Community Center
$35/child (includes lunch, snacks, crafts & programs)


To Register: Online registration available at or

Email Cathy Palmer, Director of Summer Programs for Conserve School and Camp Birkie for Kids Coordinator,  

Deadline for Registration:
  Monday, February 14th or when the camp is full.  (Camp limit 100 children.)

Experience the Worldloppet's Flavor & Excitement

Worldloppet LogoStarted in 1978, the Worldloppet is an international sports federation of cross country ski marathons.

The Worldloppet recognizes no more than one qualifying cross country ski race per country. Currently, there are 15 races on four continents, including Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The Worldloppet is dedicated to presenting the best cross country ski races in the world, and countries must meet vigorous requirements to earn a Worldloppet sanction. More than 100,000 skiers participated in the Worldloppet races last year.


Worldloppet race features, photos, a message board and links to all of the races can be found here.

Looking for Lodging?

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation puts together a lodging directory every year and you can receive a copy by sending an email request to

We also offer Dorm Housing at the Hayward Intermediate school. The dorm is $20/night and available to skiers on Friday, February 25th and Saturday, February 26th. Bus transportation is provided to the start from the dorm and it is just a short walk from the Birkie finish back to the school after the event. To register for the dorm or for more information,
click here.

Birkie Skiers for Cures - Wear the pin to win!

2011 Birkie MS PinDonate $20 or more to the National MS Society and you'll receive the commemorative 2011 Skiers for Cures pin, once again designed by Birkie skier Kay Lum. Wear the pin on your race bib as you cross the finish line and you're eligible for great prizes*

*Prizes will be awarded randomly as skiers cross the finish line of each race, so skiers of every level will have the opportunity to win! 

Join the nearly 50 skiers who won prizes last year! 

Pins are available by emailing or calling 800.242.3358.  Pins will also be available at the Birkie office and on-site at the Birkie in February.

Special Grand Prize for Skiers for Cures Participants - A trip to Norway!


If you raise funds for Birkie Skiers for Cures you're eligible for a drawing to receive a trip to the Norwegian Birkebeiner-the Birkebeinerrennet!  For every $250 you raise for Skiers for Cures, you'll receive an entry to the drawing. The prize includes:

  • Entry for two into the 2012 Birkebeinerrennet in Norway
  • Three nights lodging for two
  • Coupon for air travel up to $1,000 total

All skiers who register for Skiers for Cures will be eligible for additional prizes.

Visit for more information.

Registration News

Wave/Race & Technique Change Deadlines

The race, wave and technique change deadline is Monday, February 14, 2011, 6:00 p.m. Race change fees are as follows: Korte to Birkie, $25; Birkie to Korte $15; Classic to Skate or Skate to Classic, $15.

Wave change requests must include qualifying race information. Visit Qualifying Races, for a complete list of events. A $15 fee is required for all Wave Changes.

Race, wave and technique changes must be made by phone. Call 715-634-5025. Credit card numbers and qualifying information will be required. 

Please note the following waves are closed:

 Skate Waves 1, 2, 3, 4 & 9 - CLOSED!

Classic Waves 6 & 7 - CLOSED!

Please visit Waves and Seeding for more information on wave assignments. 

Prince Haakon 12K

The 2011 Prince Haakon 12K currently has 218 people registered. To learn more about the Prince Haakon or to register for the event, click hereThere is an overall Registration Deadline of January 31, 2011 and a registration cap of 400 skiers for the Prince Haakon. Skier registration will close upon reaching the cap or the deadline, which ever comes first.

IMPORTANT! Photo ID Required to Pick Up Race Bibs

All skiers will be required to pick up his/her own race bib at registration. You will also be required to show photo ID. Family and friends are no longer allowed to pick up race bibs.

Don't be a Bandit

An event bandit is an individual who participates in an event by wearing another person's race bib. All race entries in the American Birkebeiner events are non-transferrable between individuals. Anyone caught skiing the event wearing another person's race bib will be disqualified. The individual providing the bandit with their race bib and the bandit may be disqualified from entering future events.

  Birkie® Fever

"Coach Butch" Continues to Give
Coach Butch Reimer
"Coach Butch"

On October 19, 2010 the world and cross country ski community lost a great man, Butch Reimer.  Known as "Coach Butch" to many, he was a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, coach and all around great man as reflected in the tributes so many have offered prior to and following his untimely death.

Twenty one days after his diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (Type M3) Butch passed away from complications of what is considered to be one of the most devastating and life threatening forms of leukemia.

UWGB Butch Suit
Ben Nysse Models the Suit in Honor of Butch
From 1988 to 2002 and then from 2006 to 2010, Butch was the coach for the University of Green Bay Nordic Men's and Women's Ski teams. In taking over the two-year-old program, he boosted the squad into national prominence. During his tenure, ... 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

The Birkie Training Plan for January is posted, along with daily updates. Check it out! You will also find additional Training Plans in the Birkie Life Section including training plans and information from CXC.

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.

Don't forget the Recipe/Nutrition Section. There are a few new recipes posted and we are looking for recipes from you. 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
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Thursday, February 24-Saturday, February 26, 2011
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
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