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February 18, 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!

Only a week to the 2011 Birkie and we will be ready! It is very exciting with an all-time record 8,800 Birkie and Korte skiers. Mother Nature has thrown us a curve ball with the warmer temperatures, but the course is holding up, the colder temperatures have returned and snow is in the forecast. We anticipate a great event for the 11,000 total skiers that will be here for race week.


The record number of skiers means more traffic and possible delays. We will have special buses running from Hayward to Telemark and Start Line Saturday morning. Reduce your pre-race stress, park in Hayward, ride a bus to Telemark and have your car waiting for you when you finish. Riding the bus will help you, us and everyone have an even better event! Please use them. There's more info below. I also encourage you to pick up your race bib Thursday and avoid the Friday afternoon rush.


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

Stay Fit!


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

  Birkie News®
Be Prepared - Carry Your Own GU!

This year each skier will receive a packet of GU when picking up their race packet. There will not be any GU at Food Stations on the Race Course so skiers should be prepared to carry their own energy gel.
All Stations have water, HEED Electrolyte Drink and bananas. Oranges are available at select food stations.   


We strongly recommend you carry your own energy products during the event. We also recommend that you try the energy drink before the event so that you're familiar with it. More information on Food/Aid Stations is available here.

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 to avoid the afternoon rush on Friday.  


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 in Telemark Resort

  • Saturday - 6:30 to 9:00 a.m.  

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.


Race Day Busing

The last thing you want to worry about on Race Day is busing and parking. Check out the Parking/Busing Information for schedules, maps and detailed information, so you can eliminate that concern! Free parking and busing is available to all skiers and spectators.


It is very important that you allow plenty of time to drive, park and then bus to Telemark where you will have a 10 minute walk to the start line. Be sure to check out the Race Day busing opportunities from Hayward. Buses will leave from the Hayward High School from 5:30-6:00 a.m. and Donnellan Field from 6:00-6:30 a.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. 


Bookmark the Birkie Trail Report


The Birkie Trail Report is updated daily and includes detailed information on the latest conditions and our grooming schedule.


Significant race grooming will begin on Friday, February 25th in the morning. There are a lot of great trails in the area and we ask all skiers to find alternate ski locations on Friday. Check out the list here. Your cooperation gives the grooming crew the opportunity to prepare a world class race course for you.


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.  


Filmmaker, George Desort will be producing a comprehensive video of the 2011 American Birkebeiner events. The video will be available for purchase at the week after the race. A preview of the video will be shown at the Birkie Bash at Telemark Resort and a trailer will be available on Sunday, February 27th at

Last Chance to Register Online for Birkie Week Events


Online registration for the Barnie, Junior Birkie and 5/10K Family Fun Ski is available until 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 20th. Save yourself time by clicking the event name to register online and for more information. 



Junior Birkie

5/10K Family Fun Ski 


After Sunday all registrations for the events must be made in person at the events Late Registration/Bib Pick-up Location. Locations and times are listed below:


Barnebirkie - 12:30 p.m. Hayward's Primary School
Presented by Johnson Bank & Swiss Miss
Registration and Bib Pick-up: Hayward National Guard Armory from 8:30 a.m. to Noon 


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

Presented by Medica & Woodland Developments & Realty 

No registration necessary.  


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

Elite Skiers should check-in at the Birkie Cabin* about an hour before the event. 


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

Presented by CenturyLink
Registration and Bib Pick-up: Korte Finish Tent from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. 


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

Call the Museum at 715-798-3890 by Noon on Thursday, February 24th.   

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

Presented by Dr. Tim's Premium Pet Foods 

Registration is now closed for the Barkie Birkie.

Skiers can pick-up bibs at the Birkie Cabin* from 8:30-9:40 a.m. 


Giant Ski - Noon Main Street, Hayward
Presented by Leinenkugel's and the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Registration is now closed for the Giant Ski.

Team captains can pick up bibs at the Birkie Cabin* starting at 9:00 a.m.  

5/10K Family Fun Ski
- 2:15 p.m. Main Street, Hayward
Presented by the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
Late Registration and Bib Pick-up is from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Birkie Celebration Tent.   


Birkie Cabin*The Birkie Cabin is located at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 63 and Main Street in Hayward. The Birkie Cabin will house Media Headquarters and will be the location of Skier Check-in and Packet Pick-up for the Elite Sprints, Barkie Birkie and Giant Ski. On Saturday at 1:00 p.m. the Birkie and Kortelopet winners will be recognized on the podium outside of the Cabin. After the race skiers will be able to have their Worldloppet Passports Stamped and pick-up Awards in the Cabin. 


Click Schedule of Events for a complete
list of Race Week Activities. 



Race Week Wax Reports


Finish Race Day in the Birkie Celebration Tent


The large Birkie Celebration Tent will again be in place near the Birkie finish line. The tent is adjacent to the finish line food station and skier changing tents in Tent City sponsored by Peoples Bank of Wisconsin.


Skiers will find soup and rolls in the food station tent, but bring along a few dollars and join your friends in the Celebration Tent where local community groups will be selling beverages, brats, hot dogs and other Northern Wisconsin fare. Beer will be available from several great breweries including Hayward's Angry Minnow, Ashland's South Shore, Eau Claire's Northwoods, and Chippewa Fall's Leinenkugel's.


Race results and receipts will be available in the Celebration Tent and it's a great place to "celebrate" your day with friends and family and enjoy great beverages and food.


Birkie Bash includes Awards, Music and More

Saturday, February 26th - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Telemark Resort 

The Birkie Bash is a great way to celebrate your race finish with your family and friends at Telemark Resort. Check your race results and share Birkie stories while enjoying the music of the Namakagon String Band.
Beverages and appetizers will be available for purchase.

The 2011 Awards Ceremony will take place in the Namakagon Rooms beginning with the Birkie Slide Show at 6:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. the winners of the Birkie, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon events will be honored. Wrapping up the show will be the National MS Society's presentation of the winner of the Norwegian Trip give away. 


After the Awards Ceremony the fun returns to the lobby where the band will be playing. The slide show will be shown again as well as a preview of the 2011 Birkie Video. 


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 your 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! 


Birkie Forum

The Birkie Forum provides an opportunity for you to ask your fellow skiers about waxing, clothing and what to eat during the event. A variety of questions and comments are posted.

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 2012 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® Fever

Are you going to do the Birkie?

By Sue Lindstedt   


Birkie Fever.Sue LindstedtI always laugh to myself when I am asked this question. Obviously these people don't know me; I always do the Birkie! This will be my 20th Birkie and my 24th year attending festivities. Three children and a complete snow melt kept me from doing the Birkie all 24 years. Two of those years I managed to ski the Korte.


The Birkie is what my family does. I met my future in-laws the second year I did the Birkie when I begged a friend to let me stay at his family cabin...I have since married him and have spent every year since at the "Hayward Cabin". My husband continues to ski every year.


This year is especially unique because... 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

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

Becker Law2009 Birkie Trail Run Half
Upcoming Events

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

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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