Week 11: K is for Dennis Kruse

I was lucky enough to have a conversation with one of the more avid adventurists and true lovers of the outdoors earlier this week.  Up for week 11 in the countdown is Birkie lover, supporter, skier and foundation Vice President Dennis Kruse.  After buying a cabin in the Cable area in 1979, Kruse has been […]

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Week 10: J is for Jennie Bender

Getting into the double digits of the countdown (10 weeks, woohoo!), I thought I’d head back to some question and answer.  After a successful collegiate career at the University of Vermont, Jennie Bender spent some years skiing for CXC before making the move west to the Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) Elite Team based out of […]

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Advantage Emblem Named Official Merchandiser of American Birkebeiner

Launch Begins with Grand Opening of All-New Online Birkie Store, November 11 HAYWARD, Wisconsin (November 11, 2014) – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is proud to announce its new relationship with Advantage Emblem as official merchandiser of Birkie apparel, gifts, gear, posters, and more, starting with its launch of the new online Birkie Store on […]

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Week 9: I is for Intensity

As you all know, Holly Brooks is a fellow Birkie Ambassador.  She is taking on the Marathon circuit, and I have no doubt she will do amazing things and make it look easy.  Recently on Fasterskier, Brooks gave a rundown of a Marathon prep interval session she does.  Click on the link for a more detailed overview, […]

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American Birkebeiner aims to buy land, improve trail through capital campaign

Some of $2.3 million sought would secure 75 acres of Telemark property Tom Held Monday, November 03, 2014 8:19 AM   The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has launched a capital campaign to raise $2.3 million to buy Telemark Resort property for the race start area and build a warming building for skiers to replace tents […]

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Birkie, Telemark, a Bridge and the Future

    Hayward, WI–November 3, 2014 Dear Birkie Friends – Today begins a new chapter for the Birkie as we launch a campaign to ensure the future of the Birkie events, the iconic trail and everything the foundation works to do on a daily basis. Over the past 12 months, in collaboration with the board […]

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2015 Fat Bike Birkie Attracting Record Field

National Championship Returns to the Birkie Trail HAYWARD, Wisconsin  –   The field limit for the third annual Fat Bike Birkie on March 7, 2015, has been bumped up to 750 riders and is quickly filling.  According to Ben Popp, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the field is already a third full.  “It’s […]

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Your 2015 Birkie Health Survey with a Message from Kikkan Randall

Birkie Participants: make sure to check your inbox for a link to the survey. Thanks for your willingness to take the 2015 Birkie Health Survey and congratulations on your plans to ski one of the races at the American Birkebeiner! If you are not skiing this year, congrats on being a past Birkie finisher! Skiing […]

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Week 8: H is for Highs and Lows

Highs and lows are a big thing for ski racers.  To keep myself sane, I often find myself trying to match a “high” to every “low” in a day.  I look at course profiles, figuring out how many pole plants to get to the high point, and more importantly how many seconds in a tuck […]

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Week 7: G is for Gus Kaeding

This week I got the chance to interview Gus Kaeding, an old coach of mine as well as a past classic Birkie winner (the same year he beat Norweigan champion Bjorn Daehlie in a sprint to the finish).  In addition to skiing in college at Northern Michigan University, Gus both skied for and coached the […]

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