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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!


Things have been very wet here in Birkieland as you know, and the heat has been turned on as Summer arrived. The forest has really greened up and closed in during the last few weeks. Trail mowing has been delayed due to the rain, but will start next week. This year we will be mowing a single pass on each trail, and follow up in two weeks with another pass, so that the trail is more useable throughout the summer. The trail is available to you for running, hiking, and mountain biking.


This year we're holding our first Birkie Paintball Biathlon on July 28 to introduce more people to the sport of biathlon. More information will be available on our website next week.


We continue to ready for the September "Birkie Trail Run & Trek." The Marathon Run, with the companion Half Marathon, Marathon, 5K, and BirkieTrek Nordic Walk will make for a fun and very challenging event with great food afterward for all participants. It is a beautiful time of the year to be on the trail, so think about being part of it.


See you on the Trails and stay fit!

Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director   

 T-Shirt Design Contest     



Deadline is June 30  
Only 9 Days Left ... to enter the Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest.
All designs are due on June 30.  

Win Fischer Skis
Free Birkie Entry
Parking at Race Start!  

  Click Here for Details. 

Email or call 715-634-5025 with questions.

 All-New Ski Demo     

Ski Demo Moves to Sunday at "OO" Trailhead


The On-Snow Ski Demo at the American Birkebeiner each February is a tradition for cross-country skiers from around the country and the world.  


Everyone from newbie skiers to elites tries out the latest in new equipment--skis, poles, boots, bindings, and more--with many products that will be new for the following season.


Now the venue will be bigger and better as it moves to a new time and location, with many benefits for all skiers. Continue Reading.


 Birkie Trail Run & Trek 

Hammer the Hills or Savor the Day ...
There's Something for Everyone at the:

10th Annual
Birkie Trail Run & Trek 
September 22 
Choose from these events:
And, be part of our
10th Annual Event!  

Make it part of your 2012
Birkie Warrior Series 

Training Runs

Jan Guenther, Gear West, winning
the 2010 Birkie Trail Marathon..

 Gear West to Host Birkie Training Runs 

If you're thinking about doing the Birkie Trail Marathon or Half Marathon on September 22 and you live in the Twins Cities area of Minnesota, check out our new ...

Birkie Training Runs  
Hosted by Gear West Cross Country Ski & Run
Click Here for complete details, including dates, locations, and how to participate.

* Jan Guenther is the owner of Gear West Cross Country Ski and Run. She is the women's course record holder for the Birkie Trail Marathon.
2013 Registration Update

 Birkie Registration Passes the 3,600 Mark


The number of skier registrations coming in for the Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races at the 2013 American Birkebeiner has pushed total registrations for the three events passed the 3,600 mark. The total cap for these events on February 23, 2013 is 10,000 participants, so we have now passed the 30 percent mark for this cap. To find out which groups of skiers are growing. Continue Reading.



Many thanks to the following sponsors for their support of these events:
ecker Law,
Birkie 54K Classic. Marshfield Clinic, Hayward Center, Kortelopet 23K. State Bank of Drummond and Norvado, Haakon 12K.


   Register Today!    

Summer Training Tips


Bill PierceSimple "Off" Season Skill Development 
By Bill Pierce 

Be a better skier ... even without roller skis. Learn the two most important ski-specific skills and easy ways to make them part of your daily routine. Read This Article.

(Check your email for notices about upcoming Birkie Clinics.)


"Fitness in 5" 
By Jay Tapper

"Move smarter and for better results." Listen to Jay every Friday morning at 10:45 on 88.9 FM, WOJB, with host Jacque Lindsgood. Then, check out the exercise tip of the week that takes 5 minutes or less. For details, Visit "Fitness in 5."

HowMarathonTrainingPart-1-MattOPhoto to Train for the Birkie Trail
Marathon & Half Marathon on Sept. 22   

By Matt Ostrander


This is Part One of a three-part series. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced trail runner, this series covers training strategy for a distance run on the Birkie Trail. Click Here for Part One.   




Training to Nordic Walk the Birkie
Trek Event on
Sept. 22   

By Linda Lemke


The Birkie Nordic Trek/Walk on September 22 follows the same 13.1 mile course as the half marathon event. Follow Linda's advice to enjoy your day to the fullest. Click Here for training tips.



 Living the Birkie All Year?   

SKI . RUN . LIVE!    


CLICK HERE for details about 

  prizes and sign-up information. 


Birkie Fever

Cold Turkey Birkie - Part II     


If you can't get enough of Berkeley Johnson and his approach of throwing himself at the starting line of the Birkie and into the 54K abyss, you are not alone. Here's more. 


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Please send it and a photo to Maybe we'll feature yours in Carpe Skiem!

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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