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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner! 

Hi Skiers and Friends!
People are now skiing on the Birkie Trail following the recent 5 inches of snow we received over Thanksgiving weekend. It's limited and caution is advised because of partially exposed rocks on the trail, but the ski season has started here in northwest Wisconsin!


The main purpose of this edition of Carpe Skiem ...
is to make sure you pay special attention to each monthly email between now and Birkie Week 2013. Since all of our participants receive this ezine, Carpe Skiem is the official place where we include:
  • New Birkie Week events
  • Special 40th Anniversary festivities
  • Schedule changes and related updates
  • Registration and bib pick-up information
  • And, more

See Last Month's Launch of all the new things happening at this year's Birkie! 


Thanks for reading, and as always, we welcome your comments. You can reach me at [email protected].


Stay Fit!


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

 Birkie News!

Prince Haakon -- Still Open for Registration


There is still room in the Prince Haakon 12K on Saturday, February 23. This is a great way to step up to the same starting line as the Birkebeiner and Kortelopet events and begin your Birkie adventure!

Click Here
to register.  



          For more details, CLICK HERE.


Register Now for Any Birkie Week Event   

Don't miss what happens on Thursday and Friday of Birkie race week ... from the "Barkie Birkie" skijor with your dog to the "Giant Ski" (below). Click Here to see and register for all events. 





Make Some NOISE on Bitch Hill!

For those of you who ski the American Birkebeiner, you know the tradition of those noise-making, bead-bestowing Ladies who have wooed you up "B" Hill year after year. Well, the ladies have moved on, and we are looking for those among you who would like to take on their esteemed post atop that last big, Birkie climb. Email [email protected] if you are interested or have questions. Thanks!

40th Anniversary Special Events and Parties   

All During Birkie Week!
Details coming December 15! 

"Blast With the Past" Tent Party . Saturday Night
Post-Birkie Bash at Telemark . and More! 

Go "Retro" Birkie ... at the Nikkerbeiner  

Time to get out those wooden skis, bamboo poles, and knickers. Ski the "Nikkerbeiner" 5K wooden ski event on Thursday afternoon of Birkie Week in celebration of the Birkie's 40th anniversary. The event takes place right before the Torch Lighting, Welcome Ceremony, and Parade of Nations on Main Street. Prizes for best "costumes" and door prizes.

Click Here for details.     


Fat Bike Birkie Sponsor Holds Bike Expo - Dec. 8

Visit Freewheel Bike's Winter Bike Expo--and the Birkie booth--on Decembe8 in Minneapolis. Freewheel is the Presenting Sponsor of our new Fat Bike Birkie race on the Birkie Trail on March 9, 2013. (Event limited to 300 riders. Register online or at the Freewheel Bike Expo.)

This second
annual Freewheel Bike Expo will  feature fatbike and studded tire demos, seminars, and loads of door prizes. The night is capped off with the Fatbike Crit race and after-party.

Click Here for more expo info.


Help a Young Person Ski the Birkie or Korte Dave Langraf

The Ski Strong Foundation is created in memory of Dave
ndgraf, a Birkebeiner Founder, whose life was greatly affected by the wonderful sport of cross country skiing and who inspired many others to enjoy this lifelong sport.

Application Deadline - December 31, 2012

Click Here for Details. 

DECEMBER is Time For:
LOTS of Area Camps and Clinics



_ Gear West: Skier Moms 101



_ Out There: Swix Wax Clinic & Fish Boil 


_ CXC:
Masters/Citizen On-Snow Technique Camp   

_ New Moon Ski & Bike
    Riverbrook Bike and Ski
    Double O Double Demo

_ F.A.S.T. Performance Training: 

   Masters/Citizen Athlete






Click Here for Details! 

 Ski for a Cure   


The Birkie's new "Skiers for Cures" charitable partnership with JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research, is putting us in touch with athletes of all ages. 


Everyone Has a Reason to Cure Diabetes. 
Who's Yours?


Meet Meredith, she is 6 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. Meredith enjoys
skiing and water skiing, and she plays soccer and County League baseball.
She is also the youngest member of the Antigo Penguins Ski Club!


Why Meredith Wants a Cure:

"So other kids don't have to have
diabetes, finger pokes, shots."



Here are two easy ways to help:   

1. Donate Now to "Team JDRF Birkie Skiers
    for Cures."


2. Sign up as a Team JDRF Fundraiser and earn 
    great rewards.  


Questions! Call 1-866-233-3354. 

Please, help us raise funds to support JDRF research and athletes like Meredith!

Share your Story?


It's both informative and inspiring for people to hear what it's like to live with
or care for someone with diabetes. Please consider sharing your story.
Email Susan at
[email protected].      
 Trail Friends

 Be Included on the Birkie Trail Friends "Wall"   


Get a permanent plaque included on the Birkie Trail Friends wall sculpture at the Birkie "OO" trailhead for a one-time donation of $500. All donations are tax-deductible.  

Email [email protected] or call us at 715-634-5025.  


Birkie Honor Wall 
 NEW Event


Click Image Above for More Info!
 Birkie Store


2013 Birkie Gear Is HERE!
Shop online at the Birkie Store
  or stop by our brand new 
retail set-up at our Birkie
offices in downtown Hayward, WI.

40th Anniversary 
Gifts, Apparel, and More! 
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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
January 19, 2013           BirkieTour

February 21-23, 2013   
 Birkie 2013 - Our 40th Anniversary!

March 9, 2013                 Fat Bike Birkie

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

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.

Becker Law2009 Birkie Trail Run Half