Week 23: W is for Women of the Birkie

  Way back at week “L” in November I was ski racing in West Yellowstone, Montana. My mom was out on the trails and ran into 27 time Birkie finisher Lori Steinbach who hoped to see Jacque Lindskoog as the feature. I had already committed to the Loppet Nordic Foundation, but promised Lori I’d be […]

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Birkie Week Crowded With Activity

HAYWARD, Wis. (Feb.  12, 2015) – Besides the main races on Saturday, Birkie Week is jam-packed with over a dozen other ski events, starting on Thursday, Feb. 19 and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 22.  See Birkie Race Guide for complete details. The Elite Sprints, presented by FITS & Madshus, kick off the American Birkebeiner action at noon […]

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Birkie Highlights 2015 Changes

HAYWARD, Wis. (Feb.  9, 2015) – Course changes to the 2015 Birkebeiner will lengthen the classic race to 55 km and the skate race to 51 km.  Most of the additional length – 700 meters – comes from relocating the final aid station from Highway 77 down into Hatchery Park.  The finish line is also […]

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Electronic Event Guide Highlights Parking and Bussing Changes

HAYWARD, Wis. (Feb.6, 2015) – The American Birkebeiner Event Guide has gone electronic.  All participants must access the electronic flip version with race-week details on the Birkie webpage.  A limited number of hard copies will be available at the Expo.    The electronic version makes immediate updates possible, if the need arises, providing the ABSF […]

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Week 22: V is for Volunteers!

It’s been busy here in Kazakhstan with racing every day, but it didn’t prevent me from catching up with Birkie Volunteer Coordinator Patti Rumler.  The thought of the Birkie- or any big racing event-without volunteers is essentially unthinkable.  Volunteers do so much to make a race run smoothly, safely, efficiently, and enjoyably.  If you aren’t […]

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Personalize Your Commemorative Birkie Photos

Elite Cartography and LIVEALITY are offering two new keepsakes for skiers to remember and relive their 42nd American Birkebeiner. Through Elite Cartography, skiers can get an official American Birkebeiner commemorative poster. Skiers can design a personalized 11.25″ X 17.3″ poster and upload their favorite event photo and insert personal details, such as name, time as […]

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Participant News: Nutrition and Hydration

You can’t ski the Birkie on a cup of coffee and a peanut butter sandwich. The 50 plus kilometers necessitate proper hydration and nutrition. This year, the Birkie food stations will supply GU and Nuun products as well as water, fruit and cookies. Skiers can fuel up at eight stations along the Birkie course and […]

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Week 21: U is for USA in Kazakhstan

After 30 hours of traveling I finally arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the U23 and Junior World Ski Championships.  The races start on Monday, and up until then we will all be prepping and adjusting to the new time zone, course, and smoke!  There is a pretty intense inversion in Almaty, and that combined with […]

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Birkie Fever Bash – Past, Present & Future!

 A Push to the Finish – Come Join the Fun! Looking for a fun night to amp you up for the Birkie and give back to the race that inspires your active lifestyle? You’ve heard about the fantastic fundraising parties we’ve been holding around the region – if you haven’t been able to attend one, […]

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Birkie Behind the Scenes

When Bill and Beda McKinney took over running the Powerline food station some 30 years ago, the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race started in downtown Hayward and finished at Telemark Lodge.  In that direction, the Powerline was the last food stop on the course. Today the Birkie runs in the opposite direction, and the […]

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