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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 2012 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! 


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: 

  • 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®:
  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.

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.


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.  


Birkie day is the ultimate Wisconsin experience.


The best organized 'signature' sports event I have ever been involved in. Excellent experience!!! Thanks to all the volunteers!!! They are wonderful!!!




 Skier Praise for
2011 Birkie Events!



Love this event, love the organization, love all the people who are involved. Thanks! Keep up the good work.


Birkie is an A+ event and I hope to be back next year!



A million thank you's to all the outstanding volunteers is not enough. They are the reason the race continues.



This was my first Birkie and it was AWESOME!!! I will definitely be back next year and many years to come...I want my purple bib!!



Extremely well organized, volunteers and locals really make you feel welcome.



GREAT JOB everyone. Really impressive series of events for three days.



The Birkie was an epic race! I hope I can be back next year with more experience, more training,  

and better technique.
(And hopefully warmer weather!)



Best organized event I have ever done. Volunteers are great people. Well done!



This was my first year and it will not be my last. It was a great challenge and I am all ready thinking about what I can do to improve
my time for next year!
Bravo and thank you very much!



I really enjoyed my first Korte. Thanks to all the volunteers and event staff!


Another great year of Birkie events. Thank you all so much for your efforts. See you next year.



I would like to thank all who made this race possible and to all the volunteers who gave their time and
braved the cold.



This was my first endurance race of any kind, and I had a blast! Everything was great.
Thanks for the memories!!



Fantastic event - Great people - great organization and lots of fun!





Thanks for a wonderful family event!



I'm hooked on the Birkie now.
Many thanks!

  Greetings from the Birkie®


Hi Skiers and Friends!


We hope you're enjoying your summer, having fun, and staying active. We're coming up on our early registration deadline at the end of July and already have more than 2,500 skiers signed up for the 2012 event this coming February, only 228 days from now! That's 500+ more than last year's record pace.


Most of the trail has been mowed for the first time this year and our trail projects are beginning. We've scheduled a work morning on July 30 to fix some erosion problems. Please join us if you can and help protect the trails you enjoy.


Summer and Fall are great times to enjoy the Birkie Trail either by bike or on foot. Come up and be part of the 9th annual Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek on September 24. We'll again have the finish at the newly reopened Telemark Resort. Nearly 100 people, including four Marathon Relay teams are already signed up. It takes place during both the Hayward and Cable Fall Fests so there's something for everyone to enjoy.


We always welcome your comments, and you can contact me at


Stay fit,


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

 Event Registration

First Registration Fee Deadline - ALL Events!     

The first fee deadline for all Birkie events is July 31.

Visit the Events Section and select your events from the left-hand column. You can register online or download a printable form to mail or fax. NEW: On the race registration form, you will now find the Emergency Contact Information on the back of the form as part of the Waiver. Please be sure to complete this section before mailing or faxing the form.

  Birkie® News

Next Birkie Event:           

Birkie Trail Run & Trek -- September 24

Whether you run, walk, or trek, there is something for everyone at this event on September 24. Expect lots of door prizes, plus awards foTrailRun2010-FinishLineSmilesr top finishers and age class winners. This is a beautiful time of year on the fantastic Birkie Trail. Get all event details here. First fee deadline is July 31.  

Choose from these events:

  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon Relay Teams
  • Trek--Nordic Walk
  • 5K Fun Run/Walk  

Training Tips: Thinking about running the marathon or half marathon? Or, are you Nordic Walking the Birkie Trek event? Check our new  training article links at the bottom of this page. brought to you by Matt Ostrander,  marathon and ultra-marathon trail runner who puts in a lot of miles on the Birkie Trail, and by Linda Lemke, the "Queen of Nordic Walking." 

T-Shirt Design Deadline - August 1  2011 Birkie T-Shirt


You do not have to be an artist or graphic designer ... to enter the Official Birkie T-shirt Design contest for 2012, just someone who can create a clean, simple look that skiers and spectators will be proud to wear. Give it a try, or pass this information on to someone you know who may be interested.


The prize package for the winner includes a complimentary Birkie or Kortie race entry and a VIP Parking Pass to the race start, as well as a brand new pair of skis--skate or classic--complete with bindings and mounting.

See the complete
T-shirt design contest details and rules. All T-shirt designs must be received at by August 1.


Young Skier Program Grants - Apply Now 

Start thinking about applying for one of the fifteen Young Skier Program grants for 2011. Each of these $1,000 grants will be awarded to programs that
promote cross country skiing as a fun, energetic activity that is part of an active and healthy lifestyle. To date the American Birkebeiner has awarded over $175,000 to programs across the United States. Get complete details and application form, plus see a list of past recipients. Apply by October 1.


Introducing - The "CXC Triple"        

Check out the new CXC Triple Endurance Series. The next event in this series is the "Telemark Forest Mountain Bike Race" on Saturday, July 16. Get complete details at
Birkie Trail Work Morning 

We've scheduled a Trail Work morning from 8:30 AM until Noon on Saturday, July 30. The focus of the work will be repair of several erosion areas. We'll fill the ruts and cover them with wood fiber erosion mats. This technique worked well last year when we fixed an area just south from OO. We'll meet at the OO trailhead at 8:30 and go from there. All you need bring are gloves, a water bottle, and a stiff rake if you have one. Please either call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025 or email if you can help. More people make the work go quickly!


American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

Become a Member

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is a membership organization. There are membership levels for individuals, families, and busines
ses. To learn more about becoming a member,
Click Here.

Annual Meeting

The Foundation Annual Meeting for all members will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011. Location and time to be determined.  

Board of Director Elections
Foundation members will receive ballots this month. You may vote by mail or drop your ballots off at the Birkie office in Hayward. These ballots must be received at the Birkie office by Friday, August 12, 2011. If mailing your ballot, please send to: ABSF, P.O. Box 911, Hayward, WI, 54843.
  NEW!  Birkie Trail Friends

The Story Behind the Kortie 22 K Marker       

Welcome to this new monthly feature in Carpe Skiem! where we highlight the sponsors behind all those K-marker plaques and how you can become a "Trail Friend" too. 


Valhalla Townhouse Association

                By Steven Menk 


"I had been coming up to Telemark Resort to ski since 1979 when a friend read about this fancy cross country ski place. I soon learned about a

race called the Birkebeiner, and in the back of my mind it went on my bucket list. In 1985 I had a break in my education and decided to go for it. Three quarters of the way through the race I thought I would never do it again, but then came the ... " continue reading



Annual trail maintenance cost now exceeds $150,000 each year. The Birkie Trail Friends program helps significantly. Many Birkie and Kortie kilometers markers have been sponsored, but more Ks are still available or up for renewal. Learn more at Birkie Trail Friends

  Birkie® Fever

"How One Little Dog is Spreading the Birkebeiner Legend"

By Mark Peterson


"In aBirkieFever-MarkPetersonDog small ski shop in eastern Washington, my sister found a beautiful  pair of wooden Madshus Birke Beiner skis in 1988.  The following year, she lived in Norway.  While visiting her in Norway, our observation was that the Norwegian population looked, thought, and acted much like our own family in Montana; and as outdoor enthusiasts, they fostered the fundamental links between health, fitness, and the environment. Thirteen years later, a story broke in Butte, Montana ... " continue reading.

Share Your Birkie Fever Story. Whether you are a skier, spectator, or volunteer, we want to hear from you. Contact Susan at  

  Birkie® Training

How tMarathonTrainingPart-1-MattOPhotoo Train for the Birkie Trail Run
Marathon & Half Marathon - Sept. 24  

By Matt Ostrander


Welcome to Part One of a three-part series on how to prepare for the marathon and half marathon events at the Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 24. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced trail runner, this series covers training strategy for a distance trail run; the particular features of the Birkie Trail; and specific preparations for race day and tips for the race. Click Here for Part One of Matt's series.  



Training to Nordic Walk the Birkie Trek
Event -
Sept. 24  

By Linda Lemke


Because the Birkie Trek - Nordic Walk on September 24 follows the same 13.1 mile course as the half marathon event, it is a great goal for the end of the season. It's easy to incorporate training into your regular walks to get ready for the event. Click Here to see Linda's training tips.


"Fitness in 5" Workout Recovery Tip   

By Jay Tapper

A perfect follow-up to your running and trekking this month is this "Fitness in 5" tip. "Legs Up Wall" improves hamstring flexibility and assists in muscle recovery of your legs following workouts or periods of prolonged standing. Click Here for Jay's diagram and instructions.  



BBill Pierceirkie Ski Training Plan - July   

By Bill Pierce 

Make sure you're ready for your next Birkie! This month, continue to improve balance and strength while you build endurance through distance workouts, either biking or running. July also focuses on more ski-specific workouts. There are two plans: one is for beginner to intermediate skiers, and one is for intermediate to advanced skiers. Click Here to check out both plans for July.  

 Important Dates & Events
July 16                     CXC Triple Mountain Bike Race

        30                     Trail Work Morning - Email

August 1                  T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline

            13                  ABSF Annual Meeting (Ballots Due by August 12)

            31                  First Registration Fee Deadline - ALL Events

September 24         
Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek

October 1                 Young Skier Program Grant - Application Deadline

January 21, 2012    
Birkie Tour

February 23-25        Birkie 2012
 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 . Live!

Becker Law2009 Birkie Trail Run Half