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March 14, 2012                                Volume 10, Issue 5

Official Birkie 2012
o Available! 

This year's price is only $14.95
plus $5.00 shipping.

Running Time: 3 hours, 40 min.
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Sept. 22, 2012

Choose from these 5 events all on the world-class
Birkie Trail!  

  • 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/Walk

Get Detail and Register at  Birkie Trail Run & Trek 


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American Birkebeiner
Feb.  21-23, 2013!

2013 events include:  


50K Birkie Skate, 54K Birkie Classic sponsored by Becker Law

23K Kortelopet 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!



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  January 21, 2013  


Enjoy a fully supported, untimed, distance fun ski with family and friends. Ski the 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 

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What It Means to Have

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



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.

To me the day is close to a religious experience ... you 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!!!
the volunteers!

Love skiing with over 9,000
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.




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.




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!!




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




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

and better technique.   




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




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 Birkie Skiers and Friends!


It was a fantastic year for the Birkie, and we hope you enjoyed the event! We ended up with a record 9,629 skiers registered for the Birkie, Kortelopet and Haakon races, and 11,500 total skiers in all our events.


Warm weather has arrived and we have stopped grooming for the year. Die hard skiers will keep skiing as the snow disappears, but most of us are now moving on to early Spring activities.


The 2012 Birkie DVD is now available and this year also includes great coverage of the Birkie Classic race!  


You will receive your Birch Scroll Results issue in April, a great memento of Birkie 2012.

We've started on preparations for the 10th Birkie Trail Run & Trek in September. Also consider being part of the new 2012 Birkie Warrior Series and receive custom Birkie merchandise for participating in all our great Birkie events. More information is available here.


Hope to see you on the trails.


Stay Fit!


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director   

Birkie 2012 Photos

There are so many good photos that tell the story of Birkie 2012. Take a look at each of the events pages and at the 2012 Photos page for a look. Enjoy!

Please feel free to post your
own photos and videos on our Birkie Facebook page!
Now Available - Birkie Video

Relive All the Excitement of 2012 Birkie Events!




Total Running Time: 3 hours, 40 min.




Part 1 - Birkie Race 

Birkie Elite Skate race highlights


Part 2 - Birkie Events  

- Barnebirkie

- Barkie Birkie
- Giant Ski Event
- 5/10K Family Fun Ski
- Elite Sprints

Part 3 - Classic Elite Uncut*

Part 4 - Skate Elite Uncut*  

* See this coverage of the two lead packs of men's Elite Skate and Classic skiers. From start to finish, watch them tackle every part of the Birkie Trail. A great training tool!  



Virtual Race Bag ...
Only 5 Days Left

Make sure you at least look over the more than 30 deep discounts, giveaways, Birkie entry contest, buy one get one free offer, and more.

Specials Include:

- Enter to Win Free One of Six Free 2013 Birkie Entries - from Craft
- Save 15% Plus Free Shipping - Boulder Nordic Sport
- Free Hammer Nutrition Bar with Purchase
- 30% off your entire GU energy gel order
- Save 25% on all FITS Socks
- 6 Issues for the Price of 3 - Cross Country Skier Magazine
- Save 15% Plus Free Shipping on 100% Natural Bars - Olympia Granola
- Save 50% - SkiTrax Magazine
- Up to 50% Off Winter Equipment and Apparel - New Moon Ski & Bike
- Enter to Win a Swix Polar Plus Jacket and Other Prizes - Gear West
- Use Your "Post Birkie Bucks" on ANY Purchase - Outdoor Ventures
- 20% Off Helly Hansen - Base Layers, Nordic, and Training apparel
- Deals on Verizon Phones and Accessories - Pearce Wireless Stores
- Buy One Get One Free! - Rudy Project Sunglasses
- Free SmartWool socks w/ Base Layer or Socks - Outdoor Ventures
- Great Deals at Six Hayward Restaurants - Sawyer County Record
- Save $2 on Dr. Tim's All Natural Pet Foods
- Save $10 on your first purchase - The CLYMB
- Save 15% Plus Free Shipping - from PolarJock
To access all offers

 Birkie 2012 Wrap-Up:   

If You Won Your Age Class ... But Did Not Pick Up Your Award: 


Please contact the Birkie office. You can pick up your award here or have it sent to you for the cost of shipping. Please contact us by May 1.


Call: 715-634-5025
Email: [email protected]

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Lost & Found ... Please Claim Lost Items:

We still have many lost and found items here at the Birkie office. You can pick up your item here or have it sent to you for the cost of shipping. Please call us either way and at least let us know you will be picking it up so that we can set it aside for you. Please contact us by May 1 and we will be happy to mail or hold your item for you. Thanks!

Call: 715-634-5025
Email: [email protected] 

 Living the Birkie All Year?   

NEW for 2012!
For complete details and sign-up information, click below:


 NEXT Birkie Event:    

Birkie Trail Run & Trek

Join Us for Our 10th Anniversary!

September 22, 2012


You've skied it, you've biked it, now run, walk, or trek the Birkie Trail. This event has become more and more popular every year. Check out all the photos and event details below to see why!  


The Birkie Trail Run & Trek is a featured race on TrailRunner Magazine's 2012 Race Directory (January issue and online) and part of the Trail Runner Trophy Series. 


Birkie Trail Run & Trek 

Choose from these events:

Email [email protected]
or call 715-634-4120.  
Birkie Fever Story

Secrets of the "Cold Turkey Birkie" 

By Berkeley Johnson 


Editor's Note: Hail the Citizen Skier! After a season of little or no snow in many places, which may have cut down on your Birkie training, here is a story of extremes, about throwing yourself at the starting line to see what happens--and not just the first time. Here is just an excerpt. Click Here
for whole story. 

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"Are you changing waxes? You might want to try the blue as I don't think  it's warm enough for red". In my fog of defeat, I stare dumbly at the shiny flouro-black bottoms of my skis while trying to engage my mental engine as to what the heck he is talking about ... I see no blue wax ... My new

45K ... the Abyss 
"45K ... the Abyss"

 friend's eyes widen and he tries mightily to suppress a giggle as he realizes that I have been skiing with no 'kick wax' on my skis. He pulls out some 'blue' and gobs a coat on both my skis. I step into them and take a step ... magical. I am perambulating in a forward direction without the use of my poles. Hallelujah. I don't know where that young man zipped off to but I'll have a cold one waiting for him in about five years when he comes of age ... Continue Reading.

More at the Birkie Store
Birkie Apparel, Gear, Mugs, Books, Bells, & More
Savor your Birkie memories with every morning cup of coffee in this limited edition handcrafted mug.   

Birkie Buff 2012
The Birkie Buff � - Perfect for early spring biking, running, & sneaking in one more ski!
For those of you who saw something you wanted at the Birkie Expo or wanted to stop by the Birkie Cabin to shop, take a look at our online store. There is plenty to choose from to feed your Birkie Fever!

We now have more 
2012 Birkie Pins!
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See photos, videos, comments, training tips, or just stay in touch with the Birkie crowd. Visit Us on Facebook!  


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 Logo What 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.  

 Important Dates & Events
By May 1                        Pick Up / Contact Us About Your Age Class Award            

By May 1                       
Pick Up / Contact Us About Lost and Found Items

July 31                          
First Fee Deadline for Birkie Trail Run & Trek

Until Aug 22
                 Sign Up for the NEW Birkie Warrior Series                         

September 22               10th Annual Birkie Trail Run & Trek

January 19, 2013          

February 21-23, 2013   
 Birkie 2013 - Our 40th Anniversary!

 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