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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!


The 2012 Birkie Trail Run & Trek is coming quickly. We are looking forward to having a record 1,000 or more participants either running or walking under the fast approaching Fall colors. I hope you're able to join us on the Birkie® Trail on September 22. You still have time to sign up before our registration fees increase next Monday, September 17.


Our preparations for the 2013 American Birkebeiner continue. More than 8,400 skiers are already registered for the Birkie, Kortelopet and Haakon 12K races, with Wave 2 Skate already closed and several of the other early Skate and Classic waves filling quickly!


As always, we welcome your comments, and you can contact me anytime at [email protected]  


Stay fit,


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

Birkie 2013 - Updates

Birkie Registration Passes 8,400


Keep an eye on these updates as the Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon events begin  to approach the cap of 10,000. Right now a total of more than 8,400 skiers are registered. This means waves are starting to fill as well.  



Wave 2 is now closed
Wave 3 is about to close
Waves 4 and 9
are 90% full  


Waves 1, 2, 3, and 4 are 95% full

To Register for the Birkie, Korte, Haakon

 Birkie Trail Run & Trek - INFO   


Only 10 Days Away - September 22!
More than 850 participants are already signed up and ready to hit the starting lines  at the Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 22! 

Here are the latest updates: 

1. Only 7 Relay Team Spots Left
     CLICK HERE to Register. Grab some running
     buddies and sign up as either a 3- or 6-person
     team. Do it before the fee increase, Sept. 17

2.  Next Fee Increase in on Monday, Sept. 17
to Register for ALL 5 Events

3.  Birkie Warrior Series Prizes Presented 
  If you are registered for the 2012 Birkie
      Warrior Series, you will receive your prize at
      the Finish Line tent. Pick up your Helly
jacket, running shorts, or Birkie mug.
      Let us know at bib pick-up if you are part of the Birkie Warrior Series. (You can
      also pick up2012  Birkie or Korte age-class award and 10-year plaque.)


See ALL 5 EVENTS on the Video Below:  
Birkie Trail Run and Trek Video 
Only 9 Days Left to Enter  

 There is no race day Registration

Special Note to Relay Team Captains: 

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

Race Week Registration & Bib Pick-Up 

  • Register online through Wednesday, September 19th
  • Download form and fax to Birkie office by 4 p.m. Thursday, September 20th      
  • Register at the Birkie Office in Hayward (across from Marketplace parking lot) on Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Telemark Lodge from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Bag & Bib pick-up is Friday at the Birkie Office  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Telemark Lodge and Saturday in the Finish Line Tent starting at 6 a.m.  

For more info, call the Birkie at 715-634-5025 or email [email protected]. 

 Birkie Warrior & Inga Contest


Enter Your Group for a Chance to Ski ...

The Historic Re-Enactment of the Original Birkebeiner!
This annual contest is now open for entries! The American Birkebeiner
Ski Foundation is looking for three cross country skiers to depict the two
Birkebeiner Warriors and Inga, the mother of baby Prince Haakon, at this
year's 40th annual American Birkebeiner, February 21-23, 2013. Each year ...
The 2012 Birkie Warriors & Inga -- The Birkie Experience of a Lifetime!

 2013 Participant Gift 


Announcing ... the Participant Gift for 2013

And, How It Will Also Give Back to the Birkie Trail!
Click Here
for the Full Story ...


NEW: Camps & Clinics

Fall Training, on the Birkie Trail and Related Locations

See the Calendar of Nordic Ski camps and clinics being offered by our
sponsors and partners:
For the Fall Calendar
Starting This Weekend - September 15-16

Photo from the July Camp, "Ski Like a Birkie Champion" hosted by Coach Bill Pierce,
with guest coaches, Birkie Champions Matt Liebsch and Jennie Bender 

Coaching Articles & Tips


Final Tips for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek!  
September 22 - Just 10 Days Away!

By Matt Ostrander


Birkie Marathon & Half Marathon"


                           For the complete series, click here.

                         Look for Matt's photo by his articles. 





By Linda Lemke 
"Nordic Walking Queen" 




Birkie Nordic Trek / Walk"

Click Here for Article

 For the complete series,
click here.

Look for Linda's photo by her articles. 



BIRKIE STORE: 25% Off Sale


Everything Must GO!
Save 25% Off 
Lowest Sale Prices!  
 We're clearing our racks to make room for our new 2013 line. Get the best deals of the year on all already discounted items!         

Women's Birkie T-Shirt
Only $10 
Originally $15   


Men's Microfleece Jacket 
Only $27! 
Originally $46
Many More Items at the
Birkie Office & Store

Tech-T's for $8
And much more! 
See "Store Only" Special
when you're here for the
Birkie Trail Run & Trek,
September 22.

For Assistance: 
715-634-5025 . [email protected]  
Birkie Fever Turns 40

A Founder's Story

By Ernie St.Germaine

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Ernie's full story, which will appear in the pre-race issue of the
Birch Scroll in October. Ernie's story ties in with the Birkie's "Skiers for Cures" work with JDRF, to help create awareness of and raise funds to support research and a cure for Diabetes. 


It All Started with the 

"Energized" Bananas


" I don't know when it happened, really. In fact, I didn't even know where I was or what I was doing. Skiers were passing me. I skied harder to stay with them but the harder I skied, the slower I went. It was that nightmare where you try to run away and your feet are stuck in tar. Then I guess I just ...  

Also From Ernie to Skiers: I congratulate each and every skier who has ever finished a Birkie and likewise, I congratulate each and every person who has ever trained for one whether you finished or not. It is all of your efforts combined that make this the most amazing experience and certainly the greatest Cross Country Ski event in North
America. I wish everyone the best this season in your training and in this 40th American Birkebeiner.  - Ernie St.Germaine, Birkie Founder #3

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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  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

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