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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner!   


Dear Friends,

It's with great excitement that I write this first welcome to you in Carpe Skiem. The ABSF is an amazing organization that I'm thrilled to now be a part of. I look forward to working with the staff and community to continue the growth and reach of the foundation. We will work hard to preserve and maintain the iconic Birkie Trail, to refine and improve our events, and to continue to promote and provide opportunities for the community at large to participate in an outdoor active lifestyle we hold so dear.  

Summer trail maintenance is underway as we prepare for a summer of running and biking, culminating in the Birkie Trail Run & Trek events, Sept 21st. The event is a great way to experience the trail without snow and not have to worry about what wax to use! Hope you can make it. More info can be found at

We just concluded hosting the 16 nations of the Worldloppet Ski Federation at the Annual General Meeting. It was a fantastic time to meet and learn from the other international race directors and staff. They thoroughly enjoyed their time in the Hayward and Cable area, taking in classic area attractions like pontoon rides, a lumberjack show, fish fries, museums, and runs on the Birkie Trail. 

I can always be reached at, Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you need help with anything. 

Get Out & Go!

Ben Popp

Executive Director   

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

 Photo Conest!

WIN ...
_ Free Entry to Birkie Trail Run & Trek
_ Salomon Trail Running Shoes

"Where's Your Favorite Place to Run?"

Post a photo on Birkie Facebook and be entered to win a Free Entry to the Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 21 PLUS a pair of Salomon Trail Running Shoes right now!

How to Enter Photo Contest:

1.  Go to the Birkie Facebook Page

2.  Post Your Photo

3.  It will show up under "Recent Posts
     by Others" on the right side of the

4.  "LIKE" the page, so you can see
     how many likes yours and the
     other photos are getting!

5.  Whichever photo gets the most
     likes by next Wed., June 26, wins!

If you don't win the first time, don't worry. We'll be running more Facebook contests this summer with more chances to win great prizes.

Check Out the 5 Big Events
At the 11th Annual

                September 21, 2013
 Birkie Registration 

3,700 skiers now registered for the 2014 
Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon 

It's great to see so many people thinking about skiing in June! Welcome aboard to everyone who has signed up so far! We also want to make sure that long-time skiers of these events and newcomers alike get a chance to register.

If you know someone ... who is on the fence about coming to the Birkie first time, please encourage them to keep sign up. You know they'll be glad they did! If you know someone who usually signs up but hasn't yet, remind them as well. Keep in mind that the total cap this year is 10,300. 


In the meantime, we hope you are having a great beginning to your summer and getting in lots of running, hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more.

Skier Confirmation:  
Email confirmations may take about two weeks. If you have not received an email, please check Skier Confirmation Online. If your confirmation does not appear, and it's been more than two weeks since you registered, please contact the Birkie at or 715-634-5025. Thanks.

 Next Birkie Event!

Birkie Trail Run & Trek - September 21


You've Skied It. You've Biked It.
NOW ... 

Which Event Will You Choose?  
 Marathon . Marathon Relay . Half Marathon
Nordic Trek . 5K
 16 Nations Visit  

Birkie Hosts Meeting of 16 International Ski Races

Get All News as It Happens ...
on Birkie Facebook

On June 13-16, the American Birkebeiner hosted delegates from all 16 nations of the Worldloppet Ski Federation. Delegates were here in Hayward/Cable, WI, from Sweden, Norway, Italy, France, Russia, Poland, and more! Keep Reading.

Click Here
For Photos and
TV Coverage
* Anybody can travel to beautiful places ... and ski in the Worldloppet "family" of
  cross country ski events. Learn more at!  
 Be a Warrior!

Get recognized and rewarded for being part of
American Birkebeiner Events ... All Year!
 Dates / Deadlines

Keep In Mind ...

This new "Dates / Deadlines" section is a good place to keep track of information about applications, contests, and related Birkie opportunities.

_ JUNE 22: 
   Ladies Night at New Moon
   Ski & Bike
. Shopping, Food, Drinks,
    Door Prizes, and More! Enter to win a
    FREE ENTRY to the
   Birkie Trail Run & Trek on Sept. 21


_  JULY 8:
    Apply to Be on the Birkie Board
    of Directors 
    Application Deadline - JULY 5     
    CLICK HERE for Application Materials

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


    Birkie Trail Run & Trek
    5 Big Events - Marathon to 5K
    11th annual "Hammer the Hills or
    Savor the Day!"
    CLICK HERE to Register 

Questions? More Info?

Call us any time at 715-634-5025
or email

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and more ... as it happens!


 Camps & Clinics

Stay in Great Birkie Shape AND
Get Ready for Upcoming Birkie Events!   
Thanks to our sponsors who host group outings and training sessions:

- Free Clinics - New Moon Ski & Bike:  
  From Mountain Biking Basics and Single Track
  Skills, to bike maintenance and repair. Check
  out New Moon Ski & Bike in Hayward, WI. 
- Trek / Walking Groups - Out There: 
Join the Out There Shop of Rice Lake, WI, on the
   Birkie Trail for group walk / runs to gear up for the
   Birkie Trail Run & Trek, Sept. 21.

- Nordic Summer Camp - Gear West: 
   Plus, if you are training for the Birkie Trail Marathon
   or Half Marathon (Sept. 21) and live in or near the
   Twin Cities, MN, check with Gear West about group
   training runs. Jan Guenther, owner of Gear West
   XC Ski and Run, holds the women's Birkie Trail
   Marathon course record!
  Get updates and reminders on
  Birkie Facebook

 Birkie Fever Story  

"Back of the Pack Thoughts"

By Berkeley "Augie" Johnson

Editor's Note: Berkeley Johnson has coined the term "Cold-Turkey Birkie" for repeatedly throwing himself at the starting line of the American Birkebeiner afresh each year and letting the ski chips fall where they may. The only time he puts on skis is at the Birkie. The 2013 event was his sixth time to apply his approach.                    

Big and Dumb. That certainly fits the definition of my three teenage sons, but it turns out that those apples don't fall far from the tree. My longtime friend and I looked out of the mass of humanity swarming the Telemark lounge and pondered what we would ... Keep Reading.


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.


 Schedule of Events
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