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February 8, 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!


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.




January 21, 2012


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!

Just 18 days to the 2011 Birkie and we will be ready. We hope your preparations have gone well and that you've had a great ski season. Those of you skiing will be standing on the start line with an all-time record 8,750 Birkie and Korte skiers.


We continue to work on changes to accommodate the large number of skiers. These are discussed below. I really encourage you to pick-up your race bibs in Hayward on Thursday and Friday if at all possible, and to use the bus service from Hayward to the Start Line on Saturday to reduce traffic and the subsequent stress it creates.


The trail conditions are excellent right now. Lake Hayward is in good shape and we are expecting full race distances with a Birkie finish on Main Street in Hayward. We have our fingers crossed and hope that Mother Nature continues to cooperate.


The greatest cross country ski event in North America is waiting for you. Get here early and enjoy it. See you soon.


Stay Fit!


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

Registration News

Hayward Middle School Location for Pre-Race Bib Pick-up and Skier Expo

The 2011 Skier Expo, On-Snow Demo and Pre-Race Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon Bib Pick-up will take place at the Hayward Middle School located about .6 miles west of US Hwy 63 on Greenwood Lane.  


Skiers and expo visitors will be bused to the Middle School from various parking lots. A parking map including busing directions can be found here. Please watch for signs directing you to bib pick-up/expo parking lots.   


We strongly encourage skiers to pick up their bibs and race packets on Thursday  and Friday  if at all possible. 


Pre-Race Bib Pick-Up & Expo Hours at Hayward Middle School

  • Thursday - 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

Race Day Bib Pick-up at Telemark Resort  Saturday - 6:30 to 9:00 a.m.  

  • Bib pick-up on Race Day takes place in the Telemark Resort Theater.

On-Snow Demo at Hayward Middle School

The On-Snow Demo will take place outside of the Hayward Middle School.

  • Thursday - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Bib Pick-Up for Other Skiers at the 2011 Birkie-Revised

Transferring bibs is prohibited. We need to be able to quickly and accurately identify any skier needing medical assistance or otherwise needing help. In addition, age class and overall awards can be affected by a Bandit skier skiing in another skier's bib.    

Following are the revised procedures:

A person (A) may pick up the race bib for a skier (B) if they can provide us with BOTH an original signed letter (emails are not acceptable) from the skier (B) authorizing the pickup AND a photocopy of the skier's (B) photo ID at bib pick-up on Thursday and Friday before the race.

The authorizing letter and ID photocopy will be retained by the Birkie organization. Without the authorizing letter and ID, the bib will not be provided, but can be picked up by skier (B) on Saturday morning at Telemark Lodge.   


On Saturday morning, skiers will only be allowed to pick up their own assigned race bib.  


IMPORTANT! Photo ID Required to Pick Up Race Bibs

All skiers will be required to show photo ID. Please have your ID ready! 


Don't be a Bandit

If skier A gives the race bib to un-registered skier B to ski the race, skier B will be disqualified from the race, and both skiers will be subject to a penalty of $150 that must be paid before being allowed to register for a future race.   


Again, transferring bibs is prohibited because we need to be able to quickly and accurately identify any skier needing medical assistance or otherwise needing help. In addition, age class and overall awards can be affected by a Bandit skier skiing in another skier's bib. 


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.     

  Birkie News®
Schedule of Events - Fun for the Whole Family!  


Whether you are a skier, spectator or outdoor enthusiast the Birkie events scheduled on Thursday, February 24th & Friday, February 25th promise to be fun and entertaining. Click on any of the events listed below for more information or to register. A complete Schedule of Events is available here  


Opening Ceremony - 12:15 Hayward's Main Street
The Opening Ceremony is the official start to the Birkie activities with the lighting of the torch on Hayward's Main Street.  


Barnebirkie - 12:30 p.m. Hayward's Primary School
Presented by Johnson Bank & Swiss Miss
Children ages 3-13 years old ski a distance of 1, 3, or 5 kilometers. All children receive a medal at the Main Street Finish. Cookies and Swiss Miss hot chocolate are available in the Birkie Celebration Tent.


Barnie Ski Games - 1:30 p.m. Hayward's Main Street

Presented by Medica & Woodland Developments & Realty 

Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun activities on and off of their skis.  


Elite Sprints - 2:30 p.m. Hayward's Main Street
Presented by Medica Foundation

Top male and female skiers race head to head for cash prizes and to be named the Elite Winners. 


Junior Birkie - 9:00 a.m. Telemark Resort

Presented by CenturyLink
Races for skiers age 10-18. Races include an individual Freestyle Mass Start 3.5K and a 3 by 1 km high school Mass Start Relay.   


Snowshoe Nature Hike - 10:00 a.m. Cable Natural History Museum
Presented by the Cable Natural History Museum

A relaxed one-mile snowshoe event for the whole family guided by a Museum naturalist through the winter woods.   

Barkie Birkie 5K Skijor
- 10:00 a.m. Main Street, Hayward

Presented by Dr. Tim's

Combining cross country skiing and dog power the Barkie Birkie is intended to be a fun race providing a great opportunity for skiers and spectators to learn more about Skijoring. There are currently 42 teams registered leaving positions for 8 more teams. We will only accept 50 teams, any registrations arriving after the cap is met will be returned and online registrations will be refunded.


Giant Ski - Noon Main Street, Hayward
Presented by Leinenkugel's and the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Twelve teams of six people will ski in this friendly competition on "Giant Skis" which are 25 feet long. Get a team together and register today, we are only accepting a couple more teams.

5/10K Family Fun Ski - 2:15 p.m. Main Street, Hayward
Presented by the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
The 5/10K event starts and finishes on Hayward's Main Street and is designed for skiers of all ages and abilities.    


Birkie Snow Sculpture Contest - Downtown Hayward
Presented by the Hayward Lakes Resort Association
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. We are allowing 16 teams to enter this year's contest and the deadline for registrations is Friday, February 11th. The sculptures will be created and displayed around downtown Hayward, Wisconsin.


You May Be A Winner!

All skiers of the 2011 Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon events are entered into a random drawing for the 2011 Raffle Prizes. The prizes are great merchandise items donated by our generous sponsors.  


Winners of the Raffle will be identified with a bright yellow sticker on their race packet. If you are a winner you may pick up your prize in the Hayward Middle School Commons during expo hours on Thursday and Friday. No prizes will be mailed. Good Luck! 


Win a Trip to Norway!


For every $250 you raise for Birkie Skiers for Cures, you'll receive an entry into a drawing to win a trip to the Norwegian Birkebeiner-the Birkebeinerrennet. 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.

Birkie Skiers for Cures - Wear the pin to win!
  2011 Birkie MS Pin
Donate $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.

Birkie Forum

Have you checked out the Birkie Forum? Why not? Skiers have been posting waxing, clothing and many other questions and comments.  Here is your chance to find out learn from your fellow Birkie and Korte skiers. 

Opportunities to Watch the 2011 Birkie

BirkieLive-CXC WebcastWatch the Birkie Live on Race Day. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation provides significant financial support to CXC (Central Cross Country Skiing) allowing them to produce a live webcast of the race. From 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, February 26th the Birkie will be available here. CXC hopes to be able to provide live feeds from the Start, OO and the Finish.  


In addition to this opportunity Filmmaker, George Desort will be producing a comprehensive video of the 2011 American Birkebeiner events. The video will be available for purchase at about two weeks following the event. A trailer will be available on Sunday, February 27th at

Telemark Resort is Open for Business

Telemark Resort

Telemark Resort is open for business and the 2011 Birkie, Kortelopet and Haakon 12K races will all be held on the normal courses that make use of Telemark property.


On Friday, February 25th the Junior Birkie will be held at Telemark starting at 9:00 a.m. Skiers and spectators will be able to enter the facility to stay warm and use the restrooms. The same is true for Race Morning. Skier bus drop off will be near the lodge and skiers and spectators can find a warm spot while they wait for their race before walking down to the start line.


Thursday and Friday race bib pick-up, the Skier Expo and the Ski Demo will still be held at the Hayward Middle School in Hayward. Late bib pick-up on Saturday morning will be at Telemark Lodge.


On Saturday evening the Awards Ceremony will be held at Telemark. The Awards Ceremony will start with a slide show of the day's events and continue with recognition of the winners, the Skiers for Cures program and a thank you to our sponsors and volunteers.


Telemark Resort is also renting rooms and anyone interested in lodging should contact the resort at 715-798-3400.


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:
  Friday, February 11th or when the camp is full.  (Camp limit 100 children.)

  Birkie® Fever

Training in the Sand

By Jim Bychowski   


Jim Bychowski Birkie FeverThis year, I participated in the Kortelopet for my ninth year. Not a major landmark in terms of Birkie or Korte skiers, except that I traveled from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to participate.  I have been living in Dubai since April 2009 and had to do my training without snow, except for the few times I was able to get on skis over Christmas break while visiting home (Winnetka, Illinois). 


As a flatlander from the Chicago Midwest, I am used to no hills and waiting for that perfect 2-3 inches of random snow to fall on the local golf course so I can practice skate skiing. However, Dubai doesn't have... 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

Ski the Transitions Well and Have a Faster & Easier Birkie   

By Bill Pierce


Last weekend I had the opportunity to get in back to back long skis on the Birkie Trail. One of the things that I thought about was how to make the ski seem easier and more relaxed on such a tough trail.  


The Birkie Trail is constantly up or down with so little flat where you can either relax, double pole or V2 for any extended period of time. While most of the big climbs reward you with some downhill recovery, the vast majority of the trail is rolling terrain where the climbs are not large and the recovery is short. This is the type of terrain where it is critical to ski well technically and smart in order to be efficient, less fatigued and ultimately quicker. If you are able to glide into and ride up most of the smaller inclines on the Birkie Trail you will reduce the amount of physical output required to get from Cable to Hayward.


The different types of techniques in each discipline of skiing are like the gears in a... Continue Reading


Birkie Life - Health, Fitness and Training

The February Birkie Training Plan 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

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Next Year's American Birkebeiner
February 23-25, 2012