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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 you're enjoying your summer, having fun, beating the heat, and staying active. We're coming up on our early registration deadline on July 31 and are half way to our race cap of 10,000 skiers for the 2013 events, only 213 days from now! That's 2,000+ more skiers registered than last year's record pace.


The trail has been mowed for the first time this year, although a few downed trees still need to be removed.


Summer and fall are great times to enjoy the trail either by bike or on foot. This weekend, come be part of the brand new Birkie Paintball Biathlon on Saturday, July 28, or this weekend's Masters Camp for Birkie Skiers, July 27-29.  


Then, sign up for the 10th annual Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 22. We'll again finish at Telemark Resort. Runners, relay teams and Nordic walkers are already registering for this great northwoods event during the height of our fall colors. The Birkie Trail Run & Trek has five events to choose from, and it takes place during Hayward's Fall Fest, so there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Also, if you haven't already, please vote for your favorite design in the  2013 Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest by this Friday, July 27. More than 4,000 votes have come in so far! 


As always, we welcome your comments, and you can contact me anytime at 


Stay fit, 

Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director   


Next Birkie Registration Fee Deadline is July 31 

                               Birkie    Korte   

Up to 7/31/12  . . . . . $  95     $ 80

8/1/12 to 11/30/12 . . $110     $ 95

12/1/12 to 1/31/13 . . $125    $110  



There are now 4,950 skiers registered for the 2013 Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon combined. That is nearly half of the total 10,000 participant cap established for these 2013 events. Click Here to read details about this race cap.



 NEW! On July 28


Birkie Paintball Biathlon!

July 28 

Run or Bike this new Birkie event on the Birkie Trail. Saturday, July 28 at the "OO" trailhead. Participants ages 8 - adult are welcome. Nominal fee - lots of fun. Bring your family and friends!


* The event is be open to the first 100 people who register!

Question? or 715-634-5025.

 Masters Camp: July 27-28


Train With Birkie Champions 

July 27-29
Just One Day Left to Register 

Want to train with Birkie Champions Matt Liebsch and Jennie Bender? Do it this weekend at the Masters Camp for Birkie Skiers!      

Five coaching staff total. Includes focus on ...
needs of the
mature  skier, one-on-one attention and feedback, discussions, great food, beautiful accommodations, and more, all on the Birkie Trail and in beautiful Seeley, WI, just nine miles north of Hayward. (Coming with family or friends? Check out the Paintball Biathlon, above, for them!)

Max: 24 Camp Participants. 
Click Here for Details!
Call or Email Coach Bill Pierce 
to reserve your spot:
Click Here to Email

 T-Shirt Voting Is Underway  


Have You Voted for Your Favorite T-Shirt Yet?


Vote Online Through
Friday, July 27  

Help pick the design for the official 2013 Birkie T-Shirt. We had great submissions in our annual competition this year and have posted 5 finalists. Your vote will help determine the ultimate winner!

Note: A few folks emailed that they had trouble voting. We did adjust a few things on the website page. Please try again. And, thank you for voting! 
Email or call 715-634-5025 with questions.
2013 Registration Update

 Birkie / Korte Registration Half Full!


4,950 skiers are now registered and ready to hit the starting line at the 2013 Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Haakon. Registrations have been coming in steadily all spring and summer. With a cap of 10,000 total participants this year, we are now at the halfway point. See the note above about registration fees going up on July 31. We hope to see so many familiar faces and as always lots of Birkie first-timers.

Check out the Birkie Fever story below for some added inspiration!



   Register Today!    

 Birkie Trail Run & Trek


2013 Birkie Gets Permission to Start at Telemark

It has been confirmed that the 2013 American Birkebeiner ski races on February 23 will be able to start at Telemark as usual ... Continue Reading.    

 Birkie Trail Run & Trek


Run, Relay, or Trek - Events and Distances for Everyone

Special Note to Relay Team Captains: 
In addition to signing up your team and each member of your team,
you as team captain need to sign up, too. To register online or access a downloadable registration form, Click Here.

10th Annual Birkie Trail Run & Trek 
September 22 

Choose from these events:
Click on any of the events above for more information and to register!
Make it part of your 2012
Birkie Warrior Series - Learn More Here! 
Get Ready: Birkie Trail Run

Jan Guenther, Gear West, winning
the 2010 Birkie Trail Marathon..
Led by Birkie Marathon Women's Record Holder 


Looking for a great group to run with? Thinking about doing the Birkie Marathon or Half Marathon on September 22?

If you live in or near the Twins Cities area of Minnesota, train with Jan Guenther, who holds the women's course record of 3:31:32. (It's the Bir
kie Trail and yes, there are hills.)

Train with Jan
This Sunday
July 28
Click Here for complete details.

Jan Guenther is the owner of Gear West Cross Country Ski and Run in Long Lake, MN.
Birkie Marathon Training Tips


By Matt Ostrander

How to Train for the Birkie Trail
Marathon & Half Marathon on Sept. 22:   

"Getting to Know the Birkie Trail:

Hill Strategy, Course Maps,
Aid Stations,and More"

Indispensible advice for running the Birkie Trail, this is Part Two of a three-part series. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced trail runner, this series covers everything you need to know to run well and have fun at the Birkie Trail Marathon and Half Marathon on September 22. Click Here for Article.    



Birkie Trek Training Tips

By Linda Lemke
"Nordic Walking Queen" 

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



Start building Intensity and prepare for the hills. 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 Article.



Birkie Video

Watch the Video, Then Join Us!
Birkie Trail Run & Trek - September 22

Click the Video below to watch on the
Birkie Trail Run & Trek page,



BIG 40th Celebration

Go Retro at Birkie 2013!

Get Out Your Wooden Skis, Bamboo Poles, and Knickers

The Birkie is planning it's big 40th anniversary for 2013. One of the events in the works is full retro Wooden Ski 5K event on Thursday, February 21, in conjunction with the Birkie Opening Ceremonies. Dress up like the first 1970s era Birkie skiers for a fun ski that begins and ends on Hayward's Main Street.

We'd like to get a sense of how many people are interested. If you'd like to pull on a pair of wooden skis and a wool sweater, let us know. All ages and abilities are welcome. Please email




BIRKIE STORE: July Special


Hot Days, Cool Nights?

Check out our Breezy
Summer Sale

If just thinking snow helps keep you cool this summer, check out our Men's Quarter-Zip Birkie Fleece, now on sale for a breezy 20% off the original price of $46.

Save 20% - One Month Only 
(while supplies last)
 Buy Online
Or, stop by the Birkie offices and storefront in downtown Hayward, WI.

For Assistance: or 715-634-5025
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."

Birkie Fever Story

All the Way From L.A. to "B" Hill:
Story of a First Birkie

By Erin Beresini

My husband, Jimmy, and I are triathletes from Southern California. We were looking for a new challenge when I found the 2012 Birkie online. It was so ... Continue Reading.

(Send the story of your first Birkie to Susan at
Erin and Jimmy Beresini

 Recognition & Rewards  


Have You Done More Than One Birkie Event This Year?    


If you have done either a Birkie, Korte, or Haakon AND the Birkie Tour ... you can qualify to become a Birkie Warrior and receive a prize just by doing one Birkie Trail Run & Trek event.  


Click Here to Learn More



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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

 July 28                           Birkie Paintball Biathlon

July 28                           Birkie Marathon / Half Marathon Training Run (MN)

July 27 - 29                   Masters Camp for Birkie Skiers

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