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Hi Skiers and Friends!
I do have mixed feelings as I write my final Carpe Skiem greeting to you. I have greatly enjoyed being here for the past eight years and working with a great team to bring you great events. It has been a lot of fun and I will likely, at times, miss being in the role I've had. But, I also look forward to working part-time on the Birkie Trail crew and helping to maintain and further improve this fantastic resource. I am also looking forward to having a little more time to do more running, biking, and skiing again.
It's been great for me and I congratulate Ben on his appointment and hope he finds the job as rewarding as I have.
Stay fit, and I will see you on the trails!
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
Appoints New Executive Director
Please help us extend a warm
New Executive Director, Ben Popp
Birkie welcome to Ben Popp!
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has appointed Ben Popp as its new Executive Director. Popp will replace Ned Zuelsdorff who has served as Executive Director for eight years and announced his retirement earlier this year. Popp will be leaving his current position as Executive Director of the SISU Nordic Ski Foundation, based in Willernie, MN. He assumes the ABSF position on June 1, 2013.
"We are thrilled to have Ben on board. His Nordic skiing background and experience are ... Keep Reading.
Upper Midwest Endurance Challenge
"Three great races. One Remarkable Feat!"
We are very excited about our new partnership with Grandma's Marathon and the Twin Cities Marathon. We have created the Upper Midwest Endurance Challenge, UMEC, that will test the fitness and endurance of even our strongest participants. Finish both the 2013 Grandma's and Twin Cities marathons and the 2014 Birkie, in one year, be recognized for your achievement, and receive a custom Brooks UMEC jacket. More information is available at www.runrunski.org
|Be Part of the 2nd Annual Birkie Warrior Series
|To Keep In Mind ...
This new "Dates / Deadlines" section is a good place to keep track of information about applications, contests, and related Birkie opportunities.
_ MAY 10: ... This Friday!
Send-Off Party for Ned!
3:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the Birkie Office Open House. Everyone is welcome.
Great food, too. Hope you can make it!
_ JUNE 3:
Registration Opens for BIRKIE 2013
You may begin registering on JUNE 3 CLICK HERE
for Online Registration
_ JUNE 10:
Birkie T-Shirt DESIGN Contest
Deadline for Entries is JUNE 10
Get Funding for Youth & Adult Skier
Application deadline - AUGUST 23
for Details and to Apply
_ JULY 8:
Apply: Board Member Elections
Application Deadline - JULY 5 CLICK HERE
for Application Materials
Get Birkie news, announcements, photos, registration openings,
and more ... as it happens!
Birkie Trail Run & Trek - September 21
Choose from 5 Great Events-- Something for Everyone!
Birkie Paintball Biathlon - July 27, 2013
For Great Comments from Last Year's Participants
Stay in Great Birkie Shape AND
Get Ready for Upcoming Birkie Events!
Thanks to our sponsors who host group outings and training sessions:
Click Here for Details About:
- Trek / Walking Groups on the Birkie Trail:
f 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 the Birkie Trail Run & Trek, Sept. 21.
- Marathon and Half Marathon Group Runs:
If you are training for the Birkie Trail Marathon or
Half Marathon (Sept. 21) and live in or near the
Twin Cities, MN, 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
|Get All the Action of Birkie 2013 on DVD!
While supplies last.
We still have some copies of our keepsake, commemorative Official BIrkie DVD available online or at our store in downtown Hayward.
DVD include all of the following:
Barnebirkie ... Nikkerbeiner ... Giant Ski ... Barkie Birkie ... Elite Sprints ... 5/10K Luminary Fun Ski ... Adaptive Ski ...
_ Men's Skate Race, Lead Pack
A full 90 minutes of action from
Cable to Hayward!
_ PLUS! Women's Lead-Pack
|Celebrating Cinco De Mayo on Snow!
Editor's Note: The weekend of May 3-5, 2013 was filled with stories of people who drove from near and far to ski the new, beautifully groomed snow on the Birkie Trail after 16+ inches of snowfall. The stories below are from Friday, but the fun continued all weekend! Here are just a couple of the write-ups that rolled in ... Enjoy!
"Skiing the Birkie Trail on May 3"
By John F. Olson
We were snowed in on top of Hungry Hill west of Washburn, WI, working at home. Then the Birkie notice came over the wire. We viewed Bill's video, looked at each other, and I said: "Julie, this is nuts, we have to get down there!" We managed to get out of the ... Continue Reading
By Chad McGrath
The Birkie trail is a wonder. Over 40 years of effort have gone into making it what it is today. And today the Birkie trail was as it never has been before on this day. Today, May 3rd, it felt the weight of 14+ inches of packed snow, it bore the bodies of hundreds of skiers gliding back and forth on a few kilometers of its otherwise absurd length ... Continue Reading
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Thanks to everyone who came to ski and have fun.
It was a weekend for the record books!
|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.