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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner  

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!



Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

 New ED, Ben Popp 

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 ...
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 Take the Challenge

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
 Be a Warrior!

Be Part of the 2nd Annual Birkie Warrior Series

 Dates / Deadlines

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  
    CLICK HERE for Details and to Enter

    Get Funding for Youth & Adult Skier
    Development Programs
     Application deadline - AUGUST 23
     CLICK HERE for Details and to Apply

_  JULY 8:
    Apply: Board Member Elections
     Application Deadline - JULY 5 
     CLICK HERE for Application Materials

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 Upcoming Events

Birkie Trail Run & Trek - September 21



 Choose from 5 Great Events-- Something for Everyone!

Birkie Paintball Biathlon - July 27, 2013

For Information and to Register! 


For Great Comments from Last Year's Participants

 Group Training!

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:
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 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 
outings, camps, clinics, and more as they are posted
on Birkie Facebook

 Birkie Store

Get All the Action of Birkie 2013 on DVD!

Only $14.95!
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 ...
 ... More! 

_ Men's Skate Race, Lead Pack 
   A full 90 minutes of action from
   Cable to Hayward!  
_ PLUS! Women's Lead-Pack
   Race Highlights 


Or, stop by the store at our Birkie office in
downtown Hayward. 
 "Birkie Fever"   

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.

May 3

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  

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. 

 Schedule of Events
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