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  April 17, 2014


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Greetings From the Birkie!

Dear Friends -

While the calendar says spring, mother nature has other ideas for the Wisconsin Northwoods, with 15+ inches of newly fallen snow on the ground as I write this! Chris and the groomers were back out, and the skiing will continue ... let 2015 Birkie training begin!


Click Here to see an updated grooming report. 


I want to say thank you to all of you who completed the participant survey from Birkie 2014. We know there were many issues that surfaced that need to get worked on. The feedback and suggestions we received will be very helpful in working on solving some of the problems--thanks!


It was exciting to see so many folks sign up for the "Birkie Bonus" earlier this month, which bundled a full year of Birkie events to really live the lifestyle! Registrations for the Birkie Trail Run, the Birkie Tour, and the Fat Bike Birkie are now open on Registration for the 2015 Birkie will open June 2. 


As we close in on May, it will once again be time to re-up ABSF memberships. Members play a vital role in our success, electing our board, serving as great ambassadors, and supporting the foundation financially. We have a bunch of new membership perks we're putting together. Please consider joining in early May when we roll out the new program.


I hope to see you out on the trails as spring breaks and you don your running shoes or mountain bikes (or skis??). Until then, train on!


Ben Popp

Executive Director  

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation   


 In This Issue: 

Here's What's New for April ...
  • All NEW Birkie Trail Run
  • Get Your Official 2014 Birkie DVD
  • ABSF Membership - Coming MAY 1   
  • Birch Scroll Results Issue Arriving Soon
  • PHOTOS 2014 ... Try This Link Again  
  • Winners of "Skiers For Cures - JDRF" Trip to Norway
  • Birkie Fever Story

 Register ...

Next Event - September 27
This is a nice sight, huh--green grass and running on the Birkie Trail? While there is still snow and skiing to be had this spring, it's nice to think ahead to running on the Birkie Trail and singletrack again!


This year the Birkie Trail Run, Relay, and Trek events on September 27 will be held at the new Birkie Ridge trailhead. We've also added singletrack sections to both the marathon and half marathon!! We'll be adding the new course map to the event page on and providing more details. But, you can sign up now!

More Details Coming Soon ... Reserve Your Spot Now!

 Birkie DVD!

Get Your 2014 Birkie DVD!

Sponsored By Brent Carlson, MD

Relive all the drama, excitement and triumph of the 2014 American Birkebeiner. Follow the top freestyle men as they attack the hills of the Birkie trail in pursuit of winning the prestigious race. Our exclusive up-close snowmobile camera makes you feel like you are skiing with the lead pack of Italians, Frenchman, German, Czech, and the top Americans to claim victory on Main Street in Hayward.

For Details and to Purchase!

 *  $1 from each DVD sold goes to the American Birkebeiner Young
     Skier Development Fund.
** The remainder supports programs for kids, youth, juniors, Olympic
     hopefuls, citizen and recreational skiers, skiers with physical
     disabilities, and injured veterans.


Dr. Brent Carlson, official sponsor of the Birkie DVD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with special interest in shoulder, hip and knee surgery as well as hand surgery. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder and knee; replacement of the hip, shoulder and knee; microsurgery of the hand and wrist, and complex fracture care.


Dr. Carlson was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota. He attended St. Olaf College, where he competed in Division 1 Nordic skiing. He then went on to medical school at the University of Minnesota. While in medical school, he continued to ski, competing in the Norwegian Skarverennet and the American Birkebeiner, where he placed as high as 4th overall in the classic race.


At the end of his medical school training, Dr. Carlson was granted a scholarship to train with Drs. Leiv Hove and Ove Furnes in orthopedics at the Universitetsykehus in Bergen, Norway. He completed his orthopedic training at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, which was at the time the busiest orthopedic trauma center in the state of New York.


Dr. Carlson is now a partner with Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He sees patients at his offices in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls and also sees patients in Stanley and Hayward, Wisconsin regularly. He has been an enthusiastic sponsor of the American Birkebeiner ski race and other Birkie related events.


Contact Dr. Carlson at 715-832-1400 or visit  


ABSF Membership Has Its Rewards!

Your membership in the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation plays a vital role in helping us achieve our mission of maintaining the nation's premier recreational trail, promoting healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities, and hosting world-class events on the Birkie Trail.  We are working on some great changes to our membership structure, including varying levels of membership, each with great perks including a deal on your Birkie Season Ski Pass, some great discounts from our sponsors, and Birkie swag!

The 2014-2015 Membership Drive will open on MAY 1
Watch for more details to come soon!

 On The Way! 

Coming Soon! 

The 2014 Results Issue of the Birch Scroll magazine is being printed and will be sent out soon to participants and households. Enjoy this annual keepsake edition and another look back at EPIC BIRKIE 2014! You did it!

 Photos 2014  

Try This Link Again! 
We heard from a few of you that you had a hard time seeing the photos posted of the 2014 Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon on and apologize for any inconvenience. Below is that link again. It should work for everyone this time. Enjoy!!

Birke, Korte, Haakon 2014
 A Trip to Norway

Through Birkie Skiers For Cures!

For Details About This Trip and
Other Fundraising Incentives ...   
Visit Birkie Skiers for Cures - JDRF  

Lynn Dolan's Story

"My son was diagnosed at age 14 with Type I Diabetes.  He is now 22 and doing well as a premed student ... following in his parents footsteps.  Our initial support after this overwhelming diagnosis was Children's Hospital of WI who provided great Diabetes education.
We were looking for more so began reaching out to JDRF. Continued below ...

At right ... Lynn and Stephen: "This year was my husband's 9th Birkie and my 7th.  He beat me by 4 minutes this year, but I have the house PR at 3 hours, 44 minutes." -Lynn
Lynn won the Brikie's trip to Norway through Birkie Skiers for Cures by raising at least $250 for JDRF and being selected in a drawing.

"We did our first JDRF walk the fall after our son's diagnosis. When I made the right turn into the parking lot that morning at the Milwaukee Zoo I broke down and cried because the parking lot was full and there were dozens of tents and thousands of people. All those people were there to help support a cure for the disease that my son and many others have.  I had no idea so many people were involved. The Rickie Weeks JDRF outing and events at MCW that JDRF helps sponsor have been other highlights. Last fall I was lucky enough to get over to the Medical College of Wisconsin to hear Tom Brobson speak about current diabetes research.

"We have been lucky to have a child who manages his disease so well and we all have profited from the advances in diabetes care and the research that JDRF helps fund. As Birkie skiers we were thrilled that the Birkie has partnered with JDRF for fundraising. We love the Birkie so much we would consider retiring near there!" 
JDRF is the Birkie Skiers for Cures Partner for Birkie 2013-2015.

 Birkie Fever!

A POEM ... BIRKIE 2014

The 2014 Birkie snow was new and slow ... The staring temp, why it was 2 below ... So I skied my heart out and made it through with all my fingers and all my toes ... The flats were hard and they seemed fast ... But it was the hills' deep snow that made it last ... It took extra time and I thought I had been fast ... But in the end I was out of gas.

By Gerard Wolff - Bib 4705

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 Events Calendar 
September 27, 2014
Birkie Trail Run & Trek
January 18, 2015BirkieTour
February 19 - 22,  2015SWIX American Birkebeiner Ski Events
March 7, 2015    
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.