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  March 20, 2013
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  • Giant Ski
  • Barkie Birkie
  • Elite Sprints
  • 5/10K Luminary Fun Ski
  • Adaptive Ski
  • More! 

. Women's Race Highlights 
. Men's Skate Race 
A full 90 minutes of action from Cable to Hayward!

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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner! 

Hi Skiers and Friends!

It was another very successful year for the Birkie. We hope you enjoyed the event! We welcomed a record 10,322 skiers registered for the Birkie, Kortelopet, and Haakon races combined, and 12,225 total skiers in all our events. The snowfall, while troublesome for our tireless groomers, and challenging for you skiers, was beautiful on Friday and Saturday.


We barely took a breath before holding the brand new Fat Bike Birkie race, which drew 300 riders to the Birkie course. The reviews have been ecstatic, and next year's event is already in our plans.


We received another 8 inches of snow at OO last night, and it looks as though Birkie Trail skiing will continue into April. Come out and enjoy a Spring ski on this great trail. More than 25 kilometers are still being groomed and waiting for you.


You'll be receiving your Birch Scroll Results issue in April. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please send them to


Hope to see you on the trails.


Stay Fit!



Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

 Birkie Facebook

5 Reasons to LIKE the Birkie on Facebook

1.  You want to see event photos ...
      right now!

2.  You think it's cool to win prizes
      throughout the year for answering
      random Birkie Trivia questions (New in 2013!)

3.  You want to get to know other skiers, runners, bikers,
      hikers ... who also have year-round Birkie Fever

4.  You'd much rather be on facebook than email

5.  You want to know as soon as registration opens for Birkie events--for starters,
      registration for the 2014 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon
      opens on June 1. Get wave updates and more on Facebook as we get closer.
Birkie Video! 

40th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD 


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Then Reserve Your Copy.
DVDs will be available for mailing by March 26!


Click Here to Order   


 Video Includes:

_ Birkie Women's Elite Skate Race

   All the highlights - FIRST TIME


_ Birkie Men's Elite Skate Race        
   Get this rare, insider's look at what
   happens on the course from Cable
   to Hayward!


_ Birkie Week Events:
   Barnebirkie . Nikkerbeiner . Giant Ski 
   Barkie Birkie . Elite Sprints . 5/10K
   Family Luminary Ski . Adaptive Ski 
   And More!

Limited Copies Available: 
(Get yours by being one of  
the first 500 to order!) 


         Click Here to Orderr Details and  to Order!

 Goody Bag!

Virtual Race Bag: Closes in 3 Days
Did you, your family, and friends get everything you want out of the 2013 Virtual Race Bag? Now's your chance. The bag closes in three days, on March 23.

_ Take a final look
_ Enter a contest to win free gear
_ Pick up some hot Birkie deals

 Trail Run & Trek

Birkie Trail Run & Trek - September 21


Are you starting to dream about those green Birkie Trails? Plan now to be part of the Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 21. The event is again featured on TrailRunner Magazine's 2013 Wall Calendar (January issue) and online race calendar. And, it's part of the 2013 TrailRunner Trophy Series. Come for the trail, a gorgeous day in the Northwoods, the fantastic post-race cookout, great crowd, door prizes, and more. 


Choose from These Events - Something for Everyone!


 Photos & Results

A Big Birkie Thank You to everyone who was part of the 40th annual Birkie Week celebration here in Hayward and Cable--participants, friends, families, spectators,
sponsors, volunteers, and more! Be sure to see all Birkie photos:

Click Here for Birkie 2013 Photos

Click Here for Birkie 2013 Results

 Post-Race Details

If You Won Your Birkie or Korte Age Class ...
But Did Not Pick Up Your Award:


Please contact the Birkie office. You can pick up your award here or have it sent to you. Please contact us by May 1.


Call: 715-634-5025
.     .     .

Lost & Found ... Please Claim Lost Items:

We still have many lost and found items here at the Birkie office. You can pick up your item here or have it sent to you for the cost of shipping. Please call us either way and at least let us know you will be picking it up so that we can set it aside for you. Please contact us by May 1 and we will be happy to mail or hold your item for you. Thanks!

Call: 715-634-5025

 Fat Bike Birkie

Fat Bike Birkie Debuts to Sold-Out Crowd

Click Here to See Videos and All 141 Photos  

The American Birkebeiner's first annual Fat Bike Birkie, presented by Freewheel Bike, held Saturday, March 9, in Cable, WI, was a great success with 300 registered riders. The main event, the 45K Fat Bike Birkie was won by Jorden Wakeley, Grayling, MI, while Danielle Musto, Grand Rapids, MI, won the 45K women's race. All races were held on
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 Ski Demo a HIT!

 One More Way to Plan for Next Year's Birkie

Be Here ... Sunday! Make sure your plans for the 2014 Birkie include the On-Snow Ski Demo. The new time and location was a huge success. Held on Sunday, the day after the Birkie, at the "OO" Trailhead from 8:00 to 3:00, it was non-stop activity. Hundreds of newbie and experienced skiers alike stopped by throughout the day to try out boots, skis, and poles right on the beautifully groomed Birkie trail and loops. Next year, expect food, music, and more at this final Birkie gathering. Put it on your calendar now! Click Here to read more about the 2013 Sunday Ski Demo.

 Birkie Store


Post-Birkie SALE!
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Didn't get that shirt or poster you had your eye on at the Birkie expo? Stop by the Birkie Store at our offices in downtown Hayward, or shop our sale items online. Celebrate your ski season with a gift for yourself, your favorite waxer, your kids ... great items for Easter baskets! Now is the time to pick up some great deals!

Click Here to Shop Online

PLUS ...
Special Reorder! 
Deadline March 31 
We are currently taking taking orders for the 2013 Contest Design T-Shirt (men's sizes). Please order yours by March 31.

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American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation  

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
September 21, 2013                Birkie Trail Run & Trek

January 21, 2014                     BirkieTour

February 20 - 22, 2014            American Birkebeiner

March 8, 2014                          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