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April 20, 2012                                Volume 10, Issue 6

Get Your Copy of the 2012 Birkie DVD


This year's price is only $14.95.

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 Skiers and Friends!


Wow, more than 1,100 of you have already registered for the 2013 American Birkebeiner in the past four days since we opened registration. What a start! We are already working hard on preparing for what will be a fantastic 40th anniversary of this great event.


I am really excited about our new partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to raise funds to find a cure for and help manage Type 1 diabetes that strikes so many young people. (See announcement, below.) I know several active young people, ages six to 30 who face the daily challenge of managing diabetes though diet, exercise, and insulin injection.  


I am personally touched by the disease after being diagnosed in 1973 at the age of 22. I was a runner at that time and the disease lead me to trying cross-country skiing that winter. Thanks to encouragement from members of the Wausau (WI) Nordic Ski Club, I bought a pair of Toppen Turlett wooden skis and began the journey that led me to the Birkie event, and ultimately my present job. I am really looking forward to our three-year partnership with JDRF and hope that you are able to get involved to help us stop diabetes.


The Results issue of the Birch Scroll was mailed out this week and you should have it shortly. We hope you enjoy it.


We are also gearing up for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek on September 24. Information and registration is available at We expect more than 1,000 participants this Fall. If you are a runner or walker, you should take a look at this growing and fun event.


We hope you have a great Spring and always welcome your comments. You can send them to me at


See you on the Trails and stay fit!


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director   

  2013 Registration Underway

More Than 1,100 already registered 


We sent out an announcement by email last Friday that registration for the 2013 Birkie, Kortelopet, and Haakon events opened Monday, April 16. Since then 1,100 have registered. New this year is our increase to a cap of 10,000 participants total for these three races. Read more on the Birkie website press release. 

 Many thanks to the following sponsors for their support of these events:

- Becker Law - Birkie 54K Classic 


- Marshfield Clinic, Hayward Center - Kortelopet 23K 


- State Bank of Drummond and Norvado - Prince Haakon 12K 


* Registration for all Birkie Week events--Giant Ski, Barkie Birkie, Sit-Ski, etc.--opens on May 15. We will send out a reminder the week of May 7th.  


 Birch Scroll on the Way!

2012 Results Issue Mailed on April 18th


Look for your American Birkebeiner Birch Scroll magazine to arrive any day. The 2012 Results Issue was mailed out on Wednesday, April 18. This issue includes photos, skier quotes, a story to start off our upcoming 40th Anniversary celebration, plus all kinds of updates and information on Birkie 2013. You can also access the latest race information under "Race Info" at As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email us at or call 715-634-5025.   




Thank you to our 2012 Birkie Classic Forerunners


In the Birch Scroll Results Issue, we did not include our thanks to the 2012 Classic forerunners for both the Birkie and Korte events. The following 13 forerunners left the start line between 5:00 and 6:30 AM on race day to "ski in" the classic tracks on both the Birkie and Korte trails and help provide the best possible ski conditions for classic skiers. These forerunners are: 


     Irv Berlin                    Fletch Koos,
     Jane Bidwell              Shawn Koos
     George Broussard      John Lavelle
     Charlie Evanson         Eric North
     Gerry Hanse              Margie Sprecher
     Pete Huot                  Dave Tomasula
     Galen Kenoyer  


Our special thanks to these skiers for their help and effort.

 Birkie Skiers for Cures

American Birkebeiner Announces Partnership with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation   


The American Birkebeiner is proud to announce a
new charitable partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through its Birkie Skiers for Cures program. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing type 1 diabetes. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. The Birkie looks forward to its three-year partnership with JDRF and having the opportunity to raise funds for such a worthy cause during this time. (Birkie 2012 was the close of the three-year Birkie Skiers for Cures highly successful partnership with MS Society.)

Learn more at Look for future communications about JDRF, Birkie Skiers for Cures, and how you as a skier can get involved.

 Get Your Official Birkie DVD

Relive All the Excitement of 2012 Birkie Events!

Total Running Time: 3 hours, 40 min.


- Sponsored By Dr. Brett Carlson - 

Memories, Inspiration ... and Great Training Tool!




Birkie Race Highlights 

With full commentary of the Birkie Elite Skate lead pack.


Birkie Week Events   See highlights of the: 

- Barnebirkie

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

Classic Elite Uncut:  Presented by Becker Law
From the Start to OO

Skate Elite Uncut: Full Race - Start to Finish 





For the super skier-friendly price of only $14.95  

Or, call the Birkie at 715-634-5025   


 Birkie 2012 Wrap-Up    

There Is Still Time to Claim Your
Age-Class Award and Lost & Found Items


May 1st is the deadline for contacting the Birkie office about claiming either your age class award here or any lost & found items. We would be happy to sent these items to you for the cost of shipping. Please contact us by May 1.


Call: 715-634-5025

 Living the Birkie All Year?   

Get Recognized and Rewarded ...
for Doing Birkie Events Year Round



Whether you come in first, last, or somewhere in between, you can now be

recognized and rewarded for participating in all three of the American Birkebeiner's three major events year round: 

  • BirkieTour - January
  • Birkie, Korte, or Haakon - February
  • Birkie Trail Run & Trek - September 

for details

about prizes and sign-up information. 


 NEXT Birkie Event:    

 Birkie Trail Run & Trek

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!   


Birkie Trail Run & Trek 

Choose from these events:

Make it part of your Birkie Warrior Series!

or call 715-634-5025.  
Birkie Fever Story

Team Sturdy Women  

By Leah Rebne 


Editor's Note: Although we posted this story on our website on February 8, 2012 it never made it into a Carpe Skiem, so here it is. Enjoy! 

Send your Birkie Fever stories, any time, to

During the Birkie of 2009, tragedy struck. My gran
dma, Judi Karshna, fell as she was snowplowing down a treacherous hill and broke her arm, about halfway through the Birkie. We waited to yell, "Go Gunnar!" (our team cheer for each other) as she came up Main Street but, she never came in. We were all extremely worried, as any family member would be if their 68 year-old wife, mother, and grandmother went MIA during an American Birkebeiner  ... Continue Reading.
More at the Birkie Store
Mt. Borah Unisex Bike Jersey
Birkie Apparel for Spring and Summer

Take a look at our collection of bike jerseys, T-shirts, tech shirts, fleece, and more. You can even order the 2012 Birkie poster, DVD, books, bells, and 2012 pin.

Or, stop by our office and store in downtown Hayward.
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American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation  

Meet Our Board of Directors
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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.  What they do behind the scenes contributes to your Birkie experience. Click Here to get to know the Birkie Board.


Become a Member

Do you ever wonder how the Birkie gets pulled off year after year with great success? The staff, Board of Directors, a huge network of volunteers, and the communities of Hayward and Cable pour their hearts and souls into the events every year.   


The ABSF was formed in 1984 when a group of local business people realized that strong support would ensure the race's future for years to come.  Members are the backbone of the organization because they alone elect the ABSF board.  You can show your support and take a bit of "ownership" in the race by becoming an ABSF member.  Individual memberships are $25 annually, $40 per family, and $50 per business. Click Here to learn more.

Board Member Elections - Applications Due July 6, 2012

Every year several Board Members' terms expire. Candidates interested in running for the Board of Directors must submit a completed Candidate Profile. In addition, all non-incumbent candidates must submit a Nomination Endorsement form that contains a minimum of ten signatures from current ABSF members. All application materials are due in the ABSF office no later than Friday, July 6, 2012 and are available here (scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Please submit your materials by email to 
 Important Dates & Events
April 16                          Registration Opens for Birkie, Korte, Haakon

By May 1                        Pick Up / Contact Us About Your Age Class Award            

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

May 15                           Registration Opens for Birkie Week events

July 8                             Applications Due for Board of Directors Elections

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           BirkieTour

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