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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner! 

Hi Skiers and Friends!


Hard to believe, but people are still skiing here and other places. We're expecting up to six inches of new snow in the next few days! Our grooming has ended, but I and others have enjoyed skiing on ungroomed trails. Kind of getting back to the roots of cross-country skiing. Try it if you have the chance.


The Results issue of the Birch ScrollŽ is being mailed out this week, and you should have it shortly. We hope you enjoy it. Just a reminder that registration for the 2014 American Birkebeiner will begin on June 3 and will be entirely online.


Preparations are already being made for not only the Birkie, but our companion events, including the Birkie Paintball Biathlon on July 27 and the Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 21. Information and registration are available at We expect more than 1,200 participants this fall. If you are a runner or walker, you should take a look at this growing and fun event.


We hope you have a great spring and always welcome your comments. You can send them to me at


See you on the Trails and stay fit!



Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

 Apply for Funds

Young Skier and Adult Development Programs

Application deadline - AUGUST 23

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is starting this year's application process earlier in the year so that funding recipients can plan for and use the funding they receive in a more timely manner.

If you are in charge of a youth ski team, development program, or organization, or an adult skier development program, please take a look at the application information and apply for funding by, Friday, AUGUST 23, 2013.

For Details and to Apply

To Receive Reminders about the Application Deadline

We will make regular posts on Facebook about the Birkie Skier Development Funding Application to make sure you apply on time, keep your members updated, and can even share with organizations you think may be interested.
 T-Shirt Contest! 

Birkie T-Shirt DESIGN Contest Now Open for Entries 

Could YOU design our Official 2014 Birkie T-Shirt?
See details below! Deadline for Entries is June 10, 2013. 


The Birkie T-shirt Design Contest   
is open to anyone and everyone!

Click Here  
To see the winning designs from the last three years

The Prize for the Winner Is:

_ A Pair of Fischer Carbonlite Skate or Classic Skis
_ Bindings and Installation from New Moon Ski & Bike Shop, Hayward, WI
_ Free Birkie Entry for 2014 or 2015 
_ Parking at Race Start!    

Please submit your design or designs by Monday, June 10, 2013. We will again decide the ultimate winner by online voting. Look for updates here and on Birkie Facebook. 


For Complete Details

 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!

 Paintball Biathlon

The Birkie Biathlon is Back!
July 27, 2013
Paintball adds a whole new level to the fun and challenge of running and mountain biking on the Birkie Trail. Make your next Birkie a Biathlon! Fun for Ages 8 to Adult

For Great Comments from Last Year's Participants

For Information, Lots of Photos ...
and to Register!

 Thank You!

Thank You, Freewheel, for a Great First Event

Getting a new event, like the Fat Bike Birkie, off the ground takes a unique kind of energy. In this case, pulling off a great event involved having an enthusiastic sponsor behind us as well, helping us get the word out and attracting a great bunch of participants. We would like to again thank Freewheel Bike Shop, presenting sponsor of the first annual Fat Bike Birkie, for their early support in helping us bring this new Birkie event to life. Check out Freewheel online. Or if you're in the Minneapolis area, stop by one of their locations: The West Bank Store ... Midtown Bike Center ... Eden Prairie Store ... or even Freewheel Mobile, available Everywhere, MN.

See the complete story, "Fat Bike Birkie Debuts to Sold-Out Crowd,"
... Keep Reading. To see videos and all 141 photos. Click Here


 Group Training!

It Will Get GREEN Again! 
Try These Group Runs and Hikes  
Thanks to our sponsors who host  
ways to get ready for the:  
Click Here for Details About:

- Trek / Walking Groups on the Birkie Trail:
If you are getting ready for this event, join the Out
   There Shop of Rice Lake, WI, on the Birkie Trail for
   group walk / runs, whatever it takes for you to gear up
   for your event. 


- Marathon and Half Marathon Group Runs:
   If you are training for the Birkie Trail Marathon or Half
   Marathon and live in or near the Twins Cities area of
   Minnesota, train with Jan Guenther, owner of Gear
   West Cross Country Ski and Run, who also holds the
   women's Birkie Trail Marathon course record. 
 - More to Come! Get updates about more group 
   outings, camps, clinics, and more as they are posted
   on Birkie Facebook

 Birkie Store


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Click Here to Shop Online

Birkie Fever looks great all year with this apparel that goes right into spring and summer and is ON SALE NOW! Shop online or swing by our retail store at our downtown Hayward office.

Also Check out the T-Shirt  
Fundraiser for Nordic Kids

These are the last of this inventory.
It's perfect for the "Birkie Rookie"
in your life!
 Ski the World!   

     Worldloppet Info 101

"What exactly IS the Worldloppet"

"How do I get a passport?"

"When and where are all these international races?"

The Worldloppet is an international cross country skiing series comprised of 16 races on four continents, including Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. The Worldloppet is dedicated to presenting the best cross country ski races in the world.

Find Out More About How to
Ski and See the World!


 Lost & Found 

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

 Get Your Award

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


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


Birkie and Korte 2013 age-class awards consist of this long-sleeve tech T-shirt that says, "2013 Age-Class Winner" and a beautiful handmade mug with the 40th Anniversary Birkie Warrior Logo. 

Call: 715-634-5025

 Birkie Fever  

A First Birkie -- All the Way from South Carolina!

By Chuck Hooker 

Editor's Note: You know the Birkie has participants from 48 states and 21 countries, so they can't all be from the snow belt. Here is just one story from a Southern skier ... who gets on roller skis a lot (a lot!) and gets on snow any time (and any place) he can. Congratulations on your first Birkie, Chuck!


It's the day after I completed my first full length "Birkie." ... The first Birkie 40 years ago had 35 starters; this year's race capped out at 10,000!  Which leads you to ask why a Charlestonian would be XC skiing 32+ miles, but that's another story... Keep Reading   

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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
July 27, 2013                           Birkie Paintball Biathlon
September 21, 2013               Birkie Trail Run & Trek

January 18, 2014                     BirkieTour

February 20 - 23,  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