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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Week 20: T is for the Birkie Tour

This past Sunday I skied my first ever Birkie Tour.  Due to a series of fortunate events (namely Nationals being in Michigan and snow arriving for much of the Midwest) I spent a good chunk of December and January at home.  Not only did this mean a lot of time with my family, pets, and […]

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10 Birkie Entries Available from Life Link lll

For the 2015 Birkie, Kortelopet, or Prince Haakon HAYWARD, Wisconsin (January 21, 2015) –You may never need medical support at the Birkie, and that’s good. But, it’s also good to know that the Birkie, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races are fully supported by a great Emergency Medical Support (EMS) team effort, including Life Link lll, […]

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Premium Parking at Telemark!

Premium Parking –SOLD OUT!  To guarantee an early chance at getting a parking pass for next year, become an ABSF Member!     You loved it last year and we are excited to bring it back this year!  We have 130 premium parking places at Telemark available for the 2016 Birkebeiner Races!  100% of the […]

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Capital Campaign Update

Halfway to the Finish – The Toughest Part to Come! You know how you feel when you finally get to OO while skiing the Birkie?  It’s a bit of a relief knowing you are almost halfway to the finish.  Then you hit that long stretch to Gravel Pit and think, “I may be half done, […]

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Honoring the Legacy – Ensuring the Future… What’s in it for YOU?

What the Success of this Capital Campaign means for YOU! THE START AREA: A permanent start stadium for the Birkie, at Telemark – the birthplace of the American Birkebeiner.  No longer will the ABSF have to battle private land easements and FAA regulations every year to ensure the race will have a starting point.  This […]

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2015 Birkie Tour Weekend Recap

Birkie Tour Caps Successful Weekend HAYWARD, Wis. (Jan. 18, 2015) – Over 740 skiers enjoyed the March-like weather of the 6th annual Birkie Tour.  This year’s event started at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead and climbed up into the hills and ridges overlooking the Namekagon river valley. “Lots of fun, lots of kids, lots of smiles,” […]

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Week 19: Ski like a Cane

I had the awesome opportunity to talk to Superintendent of the Hayward school District Craig Olson about his initiative in the Hayward community to do all activities Like a Cane.  Specifically Olson has been working with the Birkebeiner Foundation on Skiing like a Cane.  This campaign has the goal of raising money to go towards […]

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