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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner!   


Dear Friends -

We are excited as preparations are in full swing for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek THIS SATURDAY, just three days away! With record numbers registered and a fun party planned at the end (and throughout of course--who doesn't love those hills!), I hope you can join the day. It will be a wonderful time in the woods on the Birkie Trail. Gather your friends and family and make the trip. See registration deadlines below, Wed. through Friday. Check out ALL the details, new stuff, and photos below--your guide to our 11th annual event.

Then, two weeks from now, on October 1, I will be in Milwaukee for the first annual BIRKTOBERFEST, a celebration of the Birkie spirit, "Milwaukee style!" It will be a great experience sharing Birkie stories, hearing Birkie champion Caitlin Gregg speak, talking about the future of the race, as well as raising funds for the Birkie Foundation and its campaign for a permanent start area.


We are also excited to announce that the new Birkie Ridge trail segment that was just recently finished will be part of the 2014 Birkie Tour on January 18, 2014! It will be a great way to showcase some of the amazing terrain and views this new segment of the Birkie Trail has to offer. Save the date!


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

Get Out & Go!

Ben Popp

Executive Director   

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

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11th Annual Event!

Here's everything you need ...


     Until 8:00 pm, FRIDAY, Sept. 20
     Online at, OR at Birkie Office, downtown Hayward   
     Register by midnight, WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18
     Online at
     * Now less than 10 team slots left out of 75 teams max.


     FRIDAY - Sept. 20 - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
     Birkie Office, Downtown Hayward, WI
     RACE DAY - Sept. 21 - starting at 6:30 am
     At the finish line Big Tent on Telemark grounds. Follow signs.




 ... Or this Salomon Hydration Pack!
Either a Gift Certificate for a pair of Salomon Trail Running Shoes ...
Again this year we have awards from Salomon for top finishers, male and female, in each of the timed events, marathon to 5K, including each member of the top women's, men's, and mixed Marathon Relay teams.




All Week, Including Bib Pick-up on FRI., Sept. 20


At Finish Line Big Tent!
We have racks, tables, boxes and more FULL of great Birkie apparel we are clearing out to make way for our 2014 gear.

Rock-bottom prices.
Everything goes!!
Get jackets, sweatshirts, bike jerseys, quarter-zip tech shirts, t-shirts, hats, and more! We even have some coats that retail for over $350, now priced at more than 75% off! 
         Open to Everybody.    
   Stop by and see what's here. 



    Birkie Trail Marathon & Half Marathon
     Race Day Tips from Jan Guenther 
     Birkie Trail Marathon - Women's Record Holder!


 MarathonTrainingPart-1-MattOPhoto     Birkie Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

       Race Day Tips from Matt Ostrander,
       Ultra Runner, Birkie Trail Runner, Coach  





      Nordic Trek - 13.1 miles     

       Race Day Tips from Linda Lemke,
       "The Queen of Nordic Walking" 


        CLICK HERE

. NEW! FREE Kids 1K and Games.  
Got Kids? Bring 'em! 
. New this year is a FREE 1K, Games,
  Obstacle Course, and more
, for kids
  ages 11 and under, starting at 11:00 am at
  the finish line tent area on race day. Just
  gather at the big tent for these new kids
 * Also new this year is that all ages are  
   invited to register for the 5K event, so that 
   kids can run/walk with their parents, family,    or on their own. See details on the  


Tech hat from Swix, seen here on Birkie Executive Director, Ben Popp

  (And, matching T-Shirt to purchase)

We have the best of both worlds this year. First, every participant in the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek events  will receive a great technical hat from Swix. Then, to satisfy all you T-shirt lovers out there, we also have a matching, white, long-sleeved T-shirt on sale for only $15.

Available Friday and Saturday This Week
Anybody can get a shirt,
participants and spectators alike!

Hats will be given out at bib pick-up, on Friday at the Birkie office from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Saturday at the Big Tent starting at 6:30 am. Shirts will be available all day Friday at bib pick-up and all race day, Saturday, at the big tent. 
Hats are FREE for each Participant. T-shirts only $15 -- for anyone! 
 Trail Run VIDEO    

Click Here for All 5 Events 
Marathon  .  Marathon Relay   .  Half Marathon   .  Nordic Trek  .  5K 
NEW! FREE Kids 1K and Games! 

Click Here to Watch Video 
 You're Invited ...     


Mark Your Calendars!

OCTOBER 1, 2013

Help support the Birkie Legacy 




See who else is already planning to go! Check out the "Birktoberfest" event on Birkie Facebook. This is a great time to meet up with Birkie friends ... and make some new ones!   

At Gorgeous Lapham Peak
State Park, Delafield, WI




Join new Executive Director of the Birkie, Ben Popp, plus 2013 Birkie Champion Caitlin Gregg, and fellow Birkie enthusiasts, to spread some pre-season Birkie Fever, and help raise (and match!) funds for Birkie Trail improvements--from the new Birkie Ridge to securing all parts of the trail and preserving the Birkie legacy.


Many thanks to these Milwaukee area skiers and businesses for
coming up with this great idea. It's time to Birktoberfest!

 Swix Corner   

(Swix Corner tips, training, and more!)

Take Cover!
The days are getting longer. The nights are getting colder. Just a quick note that a little attention to detail in your recovery goes a long way. Finish each workout with a quick change to a dry shirt and a dry hat. Ski season is just around the corner. Stay healthy and fit! We will soon be unveiling our new line of Swix-Birkie technical apparel. For now, enjoy all your training and events!  


 Birkie 2014    

Here's the Latest: 

9,522 Skiers Are Now Registered
Out of the Total Cap of 10,300

. Skate Waves Closed:  2, 3, 4, 8

. Classic Waves Closed:  3, 4, 8

. Next Waves to Close: Skate 5. Classic 1 and 5

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. 
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 Board of Directors

 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.