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December 21, 2011
                                 Volume 10 - Issue 2
Birkie Buff 2012  

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 Birkie Lodging 

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!


Happy Holiday! Ski season is officially underway in Northern Wisconsin. You can check out our Trail and Groomer's Report for regular updates.


Our biggest Birkie yet is in the works, with 9,000 registered Birkebeiner and Kortelopet skiers. We capped and closed registration for these two events on Nov. 21. If you are interested in doing the Prince Haakon 12K, we have just under 100 spots left, so now is a great time to sign up.


The third annual BirkieTour, 45K and 25K, is scheduled for January 21. This untimed but fully supported event is a great way to prepare for the Birkie, check out more of the trail and try a longer distance, or just get out with family and friends on a wonderful set of trails. This year's Tour is also part of the first annual "Birkie Warrior Series." 


See all the details, below. As always, we welcome your comments. You can reach me anytime at   


Stay fit and see you on the trails,


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

 Event Registration

Our Biggest Birkie Yet!   

Birkie Lead Groups 2011 
Presented By Becker Law

A record-breaking 9,000  skiers are registered for the 2012 Birkebeiner and Kortelopet events. The Prince Haakon has a cap of 400, and right now has less than 50 spots open.  


Register for the  

Prince Haakon 


_ Confirm Your Race Registration  
Just as important as registering for an event is checking your skier confirmation online to make absolutely sure your transaction processed correctly. Go to Skier Confirmation.  

_ Wave Placement and Qualifying Races
If you are planning on doing a qualifying race to improve your wave placement for the 2012 Birkie or Korte, please note that waves 1 through 5--skate and classic--are full, so the highest wave you can now qualify for is Wave 6.

Register Now for Other Birkie Week Events:
Registration for Birkie events held during race week typically stay open longer. But for events with a maximum number of teams--like the Giant Ski and Barkie Birkie--consider signing up
Giant Ski 
Presented By Verizon Wireless - The Official Wireless Service Provider of Birkie 2012
as soon as you

New: On the printed race registration form, you will now find the Emergency Contact Information on the back of the form as part of the Waiver.  


Questions? Please email or call 715-634-5025. 


  Next Event: BirkieTour

Now Part of the "Birkie Warrior Series"

BirkieTour - January 21, 2012

Join us for the 3rd Annual BirkieTour on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Tour is an untimed, non-competitive, "open-track" style event for skiers age 13 and older. It's pure fun and a great way to experience the wonderful Birkie Trail system whether you are a:

  • A Birkie skier looking for a long, supported training day,
  • A skier thinking of trying the Birkie or Korte at some point, and wants to try out the distance, or
  • A skier who loves to ski, but is not interested in ski racing

You Get:

_ "Hydration stations," a T-shirt, and pin
_ Meal inside after you finish 

_ Worldloppet credit!

_ Credit in the  Birkie Warrior Series 


Save $10 when you register by January 6. You can also register on the day of the Tour. See BirkieTour for details.  

NEW! "Birkie Warrior Series"
BirkieWarriorSeriesGet Credit for Participating in Your Favorite Birkie Events

Do you love to get out on the Birkie Trail year round? Now get credit for participating in your favorite Birkie events. Choose any one race/distance from each of our top three events: January's BirkieTour, February's American Birkebeiner races, and September's Birkie Trail Run & Trek races. This is not about your time, just your participation! Get all the details about the new Birkie Warrior Series.

Warrior & Inga 2012!

Meet the Birkie Warrior & Inga Contest Winners!2010 Warriors and Inga

The search is over! The three cross country skiers who will re-enact an 800-year-old legend at this year's 2012 American Birkebeiner on February 25--and that inspired the creation of this ski race--have been determined.
Congratulations to Barry Knapp, Darald Bothun, and Kristin Bothun.
To hear more about them and see excerpts of their winning application, Continue reading.

 Host International Skiers  

Skiers in Need of Your Hospitality

Every year the Birkie attracts hundreds of international skiers, many of whom are looking for alternative lodging given the substantial cost to get to and participate in the Birkie. Likewise, many Birkie skiers from the U.S. regularly travel overseas to ski the other Worldloppet races. Hospitality in individual homes is often a much-appreciated part of this endeavor and the overall experience.  


If you are reasonably close to the Hayward/Cable, WI, area, or have a house or cabin here and would like to open your home to an international guest or two during Birkie 2012, please contact the Birkie office and let us know. Each skier is ready to pay for private accommodations. Those who already participate in hosting these skiers have made some lifelong friends and have traveled to France, Italy, Austria and elsewhere to stay with them in their homes as well. Email or call us at 715-634-5025.

  Birkie Lodging 2012

Choose From the Following:        

_ Local Hotels and Resorts

Please visit the Birkie Lodging page on our website under "Getting Here." It includes links to lists of hotels, motels, and resorts in the Cable, Hayward, Ashland, and Rice Lake areas of Wisconsin.


_ The Birkie Dorm 

On this same Birkie Lodging page, you will also find information and a link to reserve a spot in the Birkie Dorm, which means camping out in the Hayward Middle School gym. Bring a sleeping bag, air mattress, etc. Showers are available in the school. Waxing space is not available in the school. One-time Bus Transportation from the school to the start will be provided at 6:00 a.m. 

_ Birkie Lodging Directory - Private Homes
For additional information on local hotels, motels, resorts, as well as private homes, please request the Birkie Lodging Directory at, or call 715-634-5025.

  Birkie® News

Expedition to the South Pole:

At the Park Theater - Thursday, Feb. 23.   Park Theater   

A six-time Olympic medalist and recognized as one of Norway's Top Ten Nordic skiers
of all time, Vegard Ulvang also just completed a ski to the South Pole in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Amundsen's famous expedition. Attend this presentation and hear first-hand from Ulvang about the experiences of his team. Also see the team's Expedition Blog.

MS Pin To Win


The presentation will be immediately followed by:
The Birkie Fun Ski under the holiday li
ghts on Hayward's Main Street and by the Offical Birkie Torch lighting and welcome ceremony!


*     *     * 

DATE: Thursday, February 23 

TIME: 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

LOCATION: Park Theater, downtown Hayward, WI
TICKET SALES: To Be Announced in January. 


Vegard Ulvang will also ski the 2012 American Birkebeiner as part of his role as the "Ambassador for MS Research" for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Get your "Pin to Win"
and see other opportuities to take advantage of Ulvang's appearanances at Birkie 2012.


Get Complete Details online or email  

MS Logo   




Here is the official hat created in memory of Birkie Founder Davd Landgraf. Buy one and lend your support to the Ski Strong Foundation and Scholarship fund, created by the Landgraf family in Dave's honor.  Go to


Get more information about the
Ski Strong Foundation and its goal to help more young people ski the Birkebeiner and Kortelopet.



sale tag
2011 American Birkebeiner Video  


"Improve Your Skate Skiing:
Watch Elite Birkie Skiers on DVD" 

Check out
this article in Silent Sports magazine about using the 2011 Birkie video to improve your skate skiing technique. It describes how watching elite Birkie skiers in their "survival" pace (shot from the lead snowmobile) is a great way for the average skier to learn to ski in a relaxed, efficient manner ... and faster. It includes specific tips on glide. See these skiers tackle each section of the Birkie Trail. Two hours.  BirkieVideo2011

Read the article
then get the video,
to improve your skate skiing technique this winter.
Now on sale for only $19.95! (regular price is $24.95).    


Click Here to Buy Online.

(Available while supplies last.)
2 Hours. Covers the entire Birkie Trail!

Be a Volunteer at the Largest Ski Race in North America!     

Be among the 2,000 volunteers who work behind the scenes or up front to make the Birkie happen year after year. You can help out at the Birkie office during race week, or be part of the action on race day. Either way, we're always looking for good people. Select from the areas listeHeatmax Handwarnersd on the Volunteer page of our website ... and you'll be among those celebrating at the post-Birkie Volunteer Party. Please contact us if you are interested. Email us at or call 715-634-5025.  


Many thanks to the HeatMax Corporation, which has generously donated many cases of its Hothands® hand warmers and toe warmers to keep our outside volunteers comfortable, no matter what the weather brings this year.   ______________________________________________________  

 Get Your 2012 Birkie Apparel


Thank you for all the orders! Everyday we send out more items. Get your choice of the new Birkie sweatshirt, short- and long-sleeve T-Shirts, hat, headband, pin, the custom Birkie Buff, and more. Take a look around the Birkie Store Online online.

Or, stop by! There is also a Birkie Store at our offices at the end of Main Street in downtown Hayward, WI.

  Get Updates Faster 

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Get updates and news as it happens, post your own comments, and meet more Birkie friends. Check out the official Birkie Facebook page and "Like" us to get your Birkie fix on a regular basis.


       FORUM       Find training partners in your area, get

started on roller skis, train with little or no snow, share a recipe. Do it all on the Birkie Forum. Ask questions ... and answer them! The Birkie is no longer just an event; it's a lifestyle. Make the most of being part of this community. Bookmark the Birkie Forum.



American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation  

Meet Our Board of Directors

Our ABSF Board Members are a diverse group of professionals who each has a deep connection to and experience with the Birkie. See their stories. Warrior LogoWhat they do behind the scenes contributes to your Birkie experience.
Click Here to get to know the Birkie Board.


Become a ABSF Member

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


  Birkie® Fever

 Waiting 25 Years ... Birkie Fever in Atlanta

By Mike Flueckiger 

Mike Flueckiger and Sharon Brown

After reading Shirley Smith's account of dreaming about the Birkie for 33 years,
I am prompted to write of my own 25 year dream of doing the Birkie. I finally
completed the 2011 Birkie last February. I currently live in Atlanta, but for 17 years lived in Madison, WI, from 1975-1992. I moved to Madison from northern Indiana to attend medical school at UW Madison, and stayed on to ... Continue reading.


Send us your Birkie Fever story. Whether you are a skier, spectator, or volunteer, we want to hear from you. Email your story to  

  Birkie® Training & Nutrition 

Donna Marlor

Eat Your Way to a Better Birkie  

By Donna Marlor  
Feature Article:

Check out the new Birkie Nutrition page on our website. You can also ask questions and get answers--about training, race day, etc.--there and on Facebook.
Bill Pierce Birkie Training Plan - Dec. Jan.
By Bill Pierce

Give a boost to your pre-Birkie training routine with the 
 Birkie Training Plan for Dec-Jan, developed by our own Coach Bill Pierce and featured in Outside Magazine online. The four-week training period listed right now takes you through January 8. And, whether you have snow where you are or you are still dry-land training, there's room for flexibility in this plan to accommodate your local conditions, like roller skiing if you can't get on snow.
"Fitness in 5"
By Jay Tapper

"Anybody can move smarter and for better results." Listen to Jay live on 88.9 FM, WOJB, Friday mornings at 10:45 with host Jacque Lindsgood. Then check out the wealth of videos, each with a strength, stretching, or balance activity that takes 5 minutes or less. It's the small things that make the biggest difference, especially during ski season. Watch videos and click to listen live online at Fitness in 5.
 Important Dates & Events
January 6              Next Registration Fee Deadline for BirkieTour

Until Aug 22          Sign Up for the NEW Birkie Warrior Series                         

January 21            
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