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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10 Reasons to do the 2015 Birkie Tour

Top 10 Reasons to ski the Birkie Tour this Sunday Jan 1810. Great views of the Namakagon River Valley atop the Birkie Ridge overlook 9. Sunny and 28, perfect skiing weather8. Fantastic food stops with superb volunteers keeping you going 7. Super cool long sleeve Birkie Tour T-shirt 6. Fantastic ski conditions provided by Chris and his […]

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Week 18: R is for Rest day and Rivers Eatery

After a long day of sprinting yesterday, I’m excited to have this rest day between race days to recuperate, and also write about my favorite pizza place around, the Rivers Eatery.  Mick and Beth Endersbe graciously fed the SMS T2 team en route to nationals in Houghton, and I’m fairly confident their pizza had something […]

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