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May 23, 2012                                Volume 10, Issue 7

Get Your Copy of the 2012 Birkie DVD


This year's price is only $14.95.

Running Time: 3 hours, 40 min.    

Or, call 715-634-5025. 




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Mt. Borah Unisex Bike Jersey
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Year Round!

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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!


We hope your Spring is going well. There are now 2,900 skiers thinking "2013 Birkie" who have signed up. This is almost double where registration numbers were last year at this time. We are looking forward to a special
40th American Birkebeiner and will continue to update you on our plans.


We continue to try to negotiate an agreement with Telemark Resort to allow us use of the facility and trail system for the 2012 Birkie Trail Run in September, the 2013 BirkieTour in January, as well as the 2013 American Birkebeiner events in February. We provided the owner with a formal proposal on April 25 that reflected the verbally agreed upon terms we had mutually arrived at as a group during negotiations over the past year, but we have not yet received a formal response. We hope to meet with Telemark representatives in the next two weeks to try and resolve this, before we again start considering other options.


We're all getting ready for the 10th Annual Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 22, which offers five events to choose from--all on the Birkie Trail. Last year we hosted more than 900 participants. We expect to have more than 1,000 runners, relay teams, and Nordic walkers here this year to enjoy the event and the area. 


Finally, we need YOU to Design Our Official Birkie 2013 T-Shirt. Enter our annual contest. If your design is chosen, you win a pair of Fischer Skis, a Free Birkie Entry, and Parking at the Race Start. See details below and on our  T-Shirt Design Contest page. Please note the deadline for entries is June 30, 2012.  


I hope you have the chance to come to the area this summer and enjoy the Birkie Trail, whether you're hiking, biking or running.


See you on the Trails and stay fit!  

Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director   

 NEXT Birkie Event:    

Run, Relay, or Trek:
5 Big Events on the Birkie Trail  

10th Anniversary!
September 22, 2012      

This event becomes more popular every year. We hosted over 900 participants in 2011 with over 1,000 expected for 2012. Check out all the photos and event details ... then join us!   


Birkie Trail Run & Trek 

Choose from these events:

Make it part of your
Birkie Warrior Series!

For Individual & Relay Events 
Birkie Registration at 2,900

Double the Sign-Ups This Time Last Year


The 2013 Birkie is turning out to be another record year. After opening  registration on April 16, there are now 2,900 skiers registered for the Birkie Skate 50K and Classic 54K races, the Kortelopet 23K, and the Haakon 12K. As we announced last month, the total cap for these events this year is 10,000.  


Whether you're gearing up for your twentieth Birkie or your first ...

Get details and register online at our
Events page. 

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

- Becker Law

   Birkie 54K Classic 


- Marshfield Clinic, Hayward Center
  Kortelopet 23K 


- State Bank of Drummond and Norvado
   rince Haakon 12K


Register Today!  

Now Open for Registration: Birkie Race Week Events

Sign Up for the Barkie Birkie, Giant Ski, and More!


Get details and register by going to the Events page.

Choose from these events: 


   Presented by
   Dr. Tim's Pet Foods


   Presented by
   Johnson Bank and Swiss Miss


   Presented by Verizon and
   Hayward Chamber of Commerce


   Presented by FITS Sock
   and Helly Hansen


   Presented by CenturyLink 
    Presented by Becker Law

    Presented by Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
    We are making some changes to this event and will open registration by

Get Your Official Birkie Video

One-of-a-Kind Coverage of the Lead Pack 

Plus, Birkie Race Week Highlights! 


Total Running Time: 3 hours, 40 min. -- All for Only $14.95


- Sponsored By Dr. Brett Carlson - 

Stay Motivated in the "Off" Season


We know Birkie skiers and even spectators never really recover from their Birkie Fever, even during the warm months. When you get on your bike, run or hike the trails, roller ski, or paddle, thoughts of the next Birkie are never far away.

Get Your Official Birkie Fix ...
With the 2012 Official Birkie Video Coverage,
for the
super skier-friendly price of only $14.95    

 This DVD makes a great gift. 


Or, call the Birkie at 715-634-5025   


 Living the Birkie All Year?   



Whether you come in first, last, or somewhere in between, get 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. 


Shop The Birkie Store

 Spring Sale - Save 10% to 20%  
On 2012 "Birkie" Clothing and Accessories

We're clearing our shelves to make room for the new clothing
and accessories we'll be ordering for 2013. Here's your chance to get 2012 items at 10% to 20% off!
Unisex Fleece Jacket

 Shop the Birkie Store Online
Or visit the Birkie Store,
in Hayward 

Items are in limited supply, so order now to get what you want:

Save 10% on: 
_ The Birkie Buff
_ Swix Woven Headband
_ Swix Vented Hat
_ Unisex Fleece Jacket (pictured)
_ Barnebirkie Hats
_ Barnebirkie T-Shirts
_ Tech T-Shirt - Red
_ Longsleeved T-shirt - Black 
_ Shortsleeved T-Shirt - Brown
_ Fleece Jacket (pictured)

Save 20% on: 
_ Hats with Winning 2012
   T-Shirt Design
_ Kortelopet T-Shirt - Longsleeved
_ Military-Style Cap

Click Here to Shop Online 

Click the item you're interested in to see the sale price. 
Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest
2012 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner


Could YOU design
our 40th Anniversary
Birkie T-Shirt?


 The annual Birkie T-shirt Design Contest is open to anyone and everyone. Our T-shirt for the 2013 Birkie is special, because this year is also a Birkie milestone--the Big 40.

The Winner Receives: 

Win Fischer Skis
Free Birkie Entry
Parking at Race Start! 

Please submit your design or designs by June 30, 2012. We will again decide the ultimate winner by online voting. Look for updates here and on Facebook. 


For Complete Design Contest Details and Rules 


Birkie Fever

Birkie Fever Turns 40    


In celebration of our 40th Annual Birkie,  February 2013, we'll be featuring "Birkie Fever Turns 40" stories, a look at Birkie back in the day when it all started.  


We need your stories! Please email us at: 

A Look Back at 1974:
Don Quinn is returning to ski the 2013 Birkie. A notable part of the history of the American Birkebeiner, Don took second place in the 1974 Birkie, right along with his brother who took first. Don Quinn is pictured here skiing the 2011 Finlandia-hiito 50 km classic race in Lahti, Finland.
Here's what Don has to say about the Birkie, then and now ... Continue Reading.
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American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation  


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




Meet Our Board of Directors  Warrior Logo 

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. 

 Important Dates & Events

June 30                          DEADLINE: Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest Submissions 

July 6                             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