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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner! 

Hi Skiers and Friends!

We do have fair to good skiing over the entire Birkie Trail system and are expecting more light snow over the next two days. We are looking forward to a great ski winter. Hopefully, Mother Nature will continue to be a friend!


Skiers are signing up for the 2013 BirkieTour coming up on January 19. This non-competitive, supported event offers something for everyone. It's your chance to spend a great day with family and friends on this famous trail. See details below. 


The BirkieTour is also the first event of the 2013 Birkie Warrior Series that we started last year. Ski the BirkieTour, one of the Birkie races, and participate in the Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 21, and you will become a Birkie Warrior and enjoy customized Birkie gear as your reward.

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


Stay fit and see you on the Trails!


Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director

 Birkie News!

BirkieTour - January 19

_ Two distances: 50K or 25K

_ And, you get Worldloppet credit!

Getting ready for the Birkie, or would you like to do a long ski on the Birkie Trail, followed by some great food and festivities? Now is a good time to think about signing up for the BirkieTour on January 19. This non-competitive ski event is a great way to do a fully supported, long-distance ski in January on the Birkie Trail. There are food stations, T-shirts, pins, followed by lunch at Telemark Lodge, all for a very low fee of $50 if you register by January 6. Because this is an untimed, non-competitive event, the BirkieTour makes for a great day of skiing the Trail with family and friends.    

 Click Here for details and to sign up  ______________________________________________ 

Ski the Birkie Tour ...   
the first event
in the 2013 Birkie Warrior Series 



Have you heard about the Birkie Warrior Series, where you get recognition and prizes for participating in Birkie events year round? Last year's first annual series was a great success. Now, year two is almost underway. It starts with the BirkieTour on January 19, 2013. Choose either distance. Then ski either the Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon on February 23. Then run or walk one of the five Birkie Trail Run & Trek events on September 21, 2013. Awards include Helly Hansen jackets, shorts, and more.


Click Here for details and to sign up for the series



Birkie Expo "Sneak Preview"  


See who will be at this year's Birkie Expo. Many of your favorite brands, plus a lot of new ones this year!  


Pick up your bib for the Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon,

then visit all the booths during the two-day Birkie Expo. Again this year, everything is at the Hayward Middle School in downtown Hayward, WI.  



Bib Pick-Up & Expo Hours: 
Thurs., Feb. 21 - 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 22 - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.



More Than 40 Booths at This Year's Birkie Expo

Great clothing, gear, equipment, and more. See who will be here.





 PLUS ... On-Snow Ski Demo  



The On-Snow Ski Demo has moved to a new time and location:


February 24

Birkie "OO" Trailhead


Try the newest skis, boots, poles, boots, bindings, and more ... on the Birkie Trail! And, get one-on-one help from the companies that make them.



"Blast with the Past"
  Presented By Northern Lakes Coop

First-Ever "Birkie Fever" Tent Party!


On Thursday evening of Birkie race week, February 21, immediately following the Welcome Ceremony and Nikkerbeiner, the Birkie will host the "Blast with the Past" in the finish line Celebration Tent adjacent to the Main Street. This tent party will be a great time to meet and greet Birkie legends, such as the winner of the very first Birkie, Sam (Eric) Errson of Sweden, and others who have made the Birkie what it is today. It's also just a great way to celebrate skier life! The event will include great food, a beer cash bar, hot chocolate, coffee, and fun--all in our warm, heated Celebration Tent! Proceeds will go to JDRF, our "Birkie Skiers for Cures" partner. Price is $5 per person.,

    Please RSVP by
        February 1.

 Space will be limited  

Reserve your spot for this first-ever "Birkie Fever" tent party. Past winners and Birkie "dignitaries" have already been invited, and those RSVPs are coming in from all over. It should be a great time. Join us for this celebration of 40 years of Birkie Fever! 



Click Here to Sign Up
Or, call us at 715-634-4120

And, Click Here for ALL Special 40th Annual Birkie Events!
Go "Retro" Birkie ... at the Nikkerbeiner
Presented By Out There   

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.     


Meet the Winners of the Warrior & Inga Contest  

Congratulations to Chris Lawn,
Tom Lawn, and Lori House!

Please join the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation in congratulating the winners of the 2013 Birkie Warriors & Inga Contest. The three cross country skiers will re-enact the 800-year-old legend that inspired the creation of ... Continue Reading.
 Ski for a Cure   

Make Your Ks Count

Why just ski when you can ski and be a part of Team JDRF and raise funds for research and to find a cure for type 1 diabetes? With your help we can help JDRF continue the research that will lead to better treatments, and eventually a cure for T1D. Join JDRF in your training and together we will cross not only the American Birkebeiner finish line, but also the finish line to a cure!

Great Fundraising Rewards!

  • Raise $150 and earn a Team JDRF Cross-Country ski hat    
  • Raise $250 and get an entry into a drawing to win a trip to Norway (prize includes entry for two people in the 2014 Birkebeinerrennet in Norway, three nights lodging and airfare)     
  • Go the distance and be one of the Top Ten Fundraisers and receive a complimentary 2014
    American Birkebeiner registration. 


See how you can "Ski for a Cure"
Not a skier but want to help? You can raise funds, too!


 Trail Friends


Looking for a Tax Deduction?
Support the BirkieŽ Trail!


Thanks to Steven and Mary Menk from Madison Lake, MN, for recently becoming Birkie Trail Friends. You, too, can become a Trail Friend and help us maintain and improve this wonderful trail system and get a tax deduction at the same time. Almost 50 individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and groups of friends have already done this, in some cases sponsoring more than a single K! The Birkie Trail Friends program provides more than $15,000 each year for Birkie trail maintenance.


It's easy and there are several Birkie and Birkie Classic Trail Ks looking for a Sponsor. Click Here for more information. Help us continue to give you and other silent sports enthusiasts the best trail possible.


To Become a Birkie Trail Friend, email  or call 715-634-5025.  


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2013 Birkie Gear Is HERE!
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Women's Birkie T-Shirt

  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