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Dear Friends -

Summer is upon us here in the Northland, but Birkie Fever is already starting to set in. As runner's, hikers, families, and teams register for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek events on September 21, and the SWIX Birkie/Korte/Haakon ski races continue to fill, planning is in full swing here at the foundation. Trails are being repaired after heavy spring rains, and race day infrastructure is being worked on by the race staff. What makes it even more exciting is we are able to welcome on board our new Title Sponsor of the Birkie ski events - SWIX! The passion, dedication, and support they bring will help us create an even better race-day experience for participants.

I was out for a walk on the Birkie trail last weekend with my family, and it was great to see so many out enjoying the day--from all over the Midwest, and even Utah and California. I'd encourage you to come experience the trail with no snow on it if you haven't before. It is great training and a wonderful venue to witness the great northwoods outdoors. I have even come across three black bears enjoying it as well--we didn't stop to chat. 


We have begun work on a new trailhead, Birkie Ridge, in partnership with Sawyer County as well. It is just north of Seeley (about 10 miles north of Hayward) and when complete in early September will have a parking lot right off hwy 63 (easy access!!!), a 3K connector trail up to the main Birkie Trail (at approximately 15K), as well as a loop to total 5K of new trail. We are already dreaming up some fun ideas on a new summer event we can host here ... stay tuned for more on that front! 

Lastly, I'd like to urge you to consider becoming a member of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (Click Here for more info).  Being a member allows you, among other things, to participate in the annual meeting (Aug 10th) and vote for the board of directors. It takes a passionate community of members like you to help ensure the legacy and excellence of the Birkie continues for years to come. 

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

Get Out & Go!

Ben Popp

Executive Director   

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

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 Special News! 

Swix Named Title Sponsor of
American Birkebeiner Ski Events
HAYWARD, Wisconsin (July 10, 2013) - The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is proud to announce a two-year commitment from Swix Sport USA as title sponsor of the American Birkebeiner cross country ski events, starting February 20-23, 2014, and including sole title sponsorship of the American Birkebeiner's 50K Skate Race on February 22. The American Birkebeiner is
... Keep Reading.

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interviews and comments!
Click Below

 Swix Corner   

(Swix Corner will be a monthly feasture with ski tips, training, more!)

Message from Swix President:

It is difficult to put into words the excitement I am feeling as the new Title Sponsor of one of the greatest Nordic ski event in the world. I first fell in love with the American Birkebeiner as a member of the Atomic and Fischer Factory Ski Teams in the 1990's and now as a supplier to the industry my passion has only grown. Since I have been involved with the Birkie for almost 25 years and working at the Expo for past 17, I probably ... Keep Reading

 Next Birkie Event!

September 21

Sign Up now and SAVE!
Early Bird Special in Effect
Until 7/3

Click Here for All 5 Events 
Marathon  .  Marathon Relay   .  Half Marathon   .  Nordic Trek  . 5K 
 Get This Hat!    

For First 1,100 People to Sign up ...   

... Make sure you get this fantastic mesh hat from Swix. Be one of the first 1,100 people to sign up for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek events on September 21. Because of our new title sponsorship with Swix for the Birkie ski events, we were also lucky enough to get these technical hats, just in time for the trail run event in September! Check it out. These hats are perfect for fall running and trekking. Plus, it has our new
Birkie trail run logo on it!  


Get a Piece of Birkie History!

. First Official Piece of Swix-Birkie Technical Apparel 

. First Apparel with Our NEW Birkie Trail Events Logo  

Sign Up by July 31 ... and save some $$ too! 
 Training Tips   

Getting You Ready for Our
Trail Marathon and More!

Here is the same great training plan we post each year to help you get
ready for the Birkie trail marathon, half marathon, and Nordic Trek. Enjoy!!

HowMarathonTrainingPart-1-MattOPhoto to Train for the Birkie Trail
Marathon & Half Marathon on Sept. 21    

By Matt Ostrander


This is Part One of a three-part series. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced trail runner, this series covers training strategy for a distance run on the Birkie Trail. Click Here for PART ONE.  


Training to Nordic Walk the Birkie
Trek Event on
Sept. 21    

By Linda Lemke


The Birkie Nordic Trek/Walk on September 22 follows the same 13.1 mile course as the half marathon event. Follow Linda's advice to enjoy your day to the fullest.
k Here for PART ONE.


 Birkie Numbers  

At the Halfway Point!

5,000+ Skiers Registered for 2014 Birkie, Korte, Haakon 

With a total cap of 10,300 participants for the 41st annual Birkie on February 22, 2014 ... we are almost halfway there!

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.

 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.

_ JULY 15 - 19:
   VOTE for Your
   Favorite T-Shirt Design
    Vote for your favorite
    design for the 2014
    Official Birkie T-Shirt you
    will be able to get online   
    and at this year's Birkie   
    Expo, Feb. 20-21, 2014.
    Last year more than
    7,000 votes were cast!
    Click HERE to Vote!

_ JULY 31
   Last day of Early Bird Special Fees
   for Birkie Trail Run & Trek Events. Plus,
   make sure you get one of these awesome
   SWIX hats! See feature above.

for ALL 5 Events.  


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


    11th Annual - Birkie Trail Run & Trek
    5 Big Events:
    Marathon ... to 5K    
    "Hammer Those Hills ...
    Or, Savor the Day!"
    CLICK HERE to Register 


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

Birkie Trail Run & Trek Poster
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 Be a Warrior!

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


Chris Campbell New Birkie Trail Manager  

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation welcomes Chris Campbell as its new,  full-time Trail Manager of the Birkie Trail. Campbell will be taking over the position from Bill Pierce who has now has moved on to full-time coaching. Campbell has already been a valued part of the Birkie grooming crew each winter for six years.

Campbell's dedication and increasing experience on the Birkie Trail staff has been key to the Birkie Trails being developed and groomed so well during early- and late-season skiing, some lower-snow conditions, and during ... Keep Reading.
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 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


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           SWIX American Birkebeiner Ski Events

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--sponsored by SWIX, 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.