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March 18, 2011
                                 Volume 9 - Issue 5
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Mark your calendars for the 39th American Birkebeiner® from
Feb.  23-25, 2012!

The 2012 events include the 50K Birkie Skate, 54K Birkie Classic sponsored by Becker Law, 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
  • skijor enthusiasts 
  • 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!

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The Birkie®:
  39 Years of Inspiring Skiers
to Live Fit, Healthy Lives!

February 23-25, 2012

 In our house, winter is a journey whose destination is the BIRKIE! 


"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."

THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who make this race possible!!!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the volunteers!

Love skiing with over 8000 of my closest friends.

I love the positive energy of everyone I encounter during Birkie weekend.

~Julie Starks


BIG THANK YOU to the Birkie staff and volunteers and the citizens of Hayward and Cable for making this wonderful event possible and a BIG THANK YOU to the fans for making the experience of skiing up Main Street second to none.

~Chris Jones


Thank you for giving us all something to focus on all winter long!


Birkie day is the gretest day of the year in my mind, ranking above Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, Packer Sundays, Badger Saturdays, opening day of fishing season and even ahead of opening day of gun deer season.

  Greetings from the Birkie®!


Hi Skiers and Friends!


It was a fantastic, albeit very cold year for the Birkie and we hope you enjoyed the event! We ended up with a record 9,216 skiers registered for the Birkie, Kortelopet and Haakon 12K races, and 11,150 total skiers in all our events. That is a lot of skiers for our community to handle. We pay attention to the thousands of comments you've provided and will be making some adjustments for 2012 to assure you enjoy the highest quality American Birkebeiner event possible. Survey results can be viewed here.  


Our 2011 comprehensive Birkie DVD is now available and it looks great! Also, you will soon receive your Birch Scroll Results issue. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please send them to  


We're also working on preparations for the 9th Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek in September and anticipate another race finish at Telemark. Hope to see you on the trails.


Stay Fit!


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

  Birkie News®
2011 Skier Numbers at the Birkie


We've compiled skier numbers for this year's event in a comparison with 2008-2010. Highlights include significant greater participation in nearly all our events, especially in the classic races, and more women skiing. The summary table is available here.

2011 American Birkebeiner Race Video Available NOW!  

American Birkebeiner New LogoThe 2011 Birkie video by George Desort includes race footage of the top elites in the 50K Birkie Skate and the start and finish of the 54K Birkie Classic race. There is also a chapter highlighting the additional events including the Elite Sprints, Barnebirkie, Giant Ski, Barkie Birkie Skijor and Family Fun Event.

Limited quantities are available. The video is only $24.95 including shipping and handling. Place your  order here. A preview of the video is available at

2012 Race Registration Caps and Deadlines Announced

The American Birkebeiner has set a cap of 9,000 skiers for the 2012 Birkie and Kortelopet races. There were 8,836 skiers registered for the 2011 races. A portion of this registration number will be reserved for foreign skiers. The cap was established as a way to maintain the high quality of the event that skiers desire and expect.


An overall registration deadline of January 31, 2012 has also been established for the event. The deadline provides the Birkie organization time to eliminate registration errors and issues, and helps assure that all the needed pieces are in place to again provide a high quality American Birkebeiner event.


The registration cap of 400 skiers will be maintained for the Prince Haakon race and the overall deadline registration will also be January 31, 2012.


Skier registration will close upon reaching the cap or the deadline. The status of registration for the 2012 event will be reported in the Birkie's Carpe Skiem electronic newsletter as well at



Race Registration Opens April 15th 

Can't wait to sign up for the 2012 Birkie, Korte or Prince Haakon event? In just a few short weeks online registration will be available for these events. The Birch Scroll Results issue will also be mailed around April 15th and will contain a race entry form. You will also be able to print race entry forms from the Event Section of on April 15th.
Wave & Seeding Criteria for 2012 Events

The information you have all been waiting for, Wave and Seeding criteria for the 2012 Birkie and Kortelopet is now available. Check out the updated

Wave Seeding Charts.  

Birkie Honor Wall

Birkie Honor WallThe new "Birkie Honor Wall" sculpture at "OO" was dedicated on March 5. The "Wall" created by local sculpture Sara Balbin, provides a way to recognize current or past people or groups that love the Birkie Trail system for skiing, running, or hiking. It also provides a way to memorialize past trail-users. Stainless plaques are attached to the wall to honor these people. All related funding is solely used to maintain this World famous trail and resource. More information is available here.


Lost & Found Items

We have many unclaimed items in our race lost and found. If you are missing anything please contact our office at 715-634-5025 or and we can make arrangements to return the item to you. Lost and Found is kept until June 1st. After that time we will donate any remaining items.


Awards:  Age Class, 10 Year and Other Awards  


Winners of age class, 10 year or any other awards can request to have their awards sent to them. If you are a winner and did not have a chance to pick up your award race weekend please contact our office. For a minimal shipping fee we will send your award to you. 


Birkie Skiers for Cures Raise Over $60,000
  2011 Birkie MS Pin
Thousands of skiers and spectators participated in the 2011 Birkie Skiers for Cures program by purchasing pins or collecting donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year's program raised over $60,000 with a three year total 

for the National MS Society of over $220,000 from Birkie Skiers for Cures.


Thanks to all of those who made contributions and raised money for this great cause. A list of the top fundraisers and sponsoring businesses will be available in the Results Birch Scroll.  

  Birkie® Fever

A Look Back

By Randy Marks   


RandyMarksBirkieFeverI found this old picture of me and one of my former students who skied the Birkie for the first time in 1978.  We used wood skis and skied on a narrow double tracked trail with trees only a hand's reach away as you plummeted down the hills. It was a mass start with no waves. You skied up a massive steep uphill next to Telemark and then plunged down the other side praying for your life as everyone converged on the narrow trail ahead.  It was GREAT! 


With a fanny pack containing M&M's and raisins and an Army canteen filled with Switchel I kept hammering away with my wood skies and bamboo poles until I got to the lake and heard the music ahead in Hayward. What a feeling and sense of accomplishment. 


I have skied six Birkies since and one Korte but nothing can compare with that first time.  Just like the first time you fall in love. 


Keep up the great work you guys do with the Birkie.  It is a Wisconsin treasure!  


Read more Birkie Fever Stories here

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.
 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 24, 2011 Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek

Saturday, January 21, 2012 BirkieTour

Thursday, February 23-Saturday, February 25, 2012 Birkie 2012