Week 6: F is for Firetower Food Station

Instead of featuring an individual for this week’s Birkie Countdown, week 6 will highlight the famous Firetower Food Station.  Located 150 yards from the highest elevation in the race, only the original foundation remains of the actual (original) Firetower.  Sitting just 50 feet off of the classic race trail, the foundation serves as a reminder of the […]

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In Memory of Dave Nelson

October 9, 2014 –Hayward, WI The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is sad to inform you that Dave Nelson, our long-time friend, supporter, Birchlegger and board member, passed away peacefully yesterday morning after a courageous battle with lung cancer. In addition to skiing 31 Birkies, 1 Korte, and 1 Prince Haakon, Dave served on the ABSF […]

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Just Over 500 Spots Left

Before Registration Closes for the 2015 Swix American Birkebeiner! HAYWARD, Wisconsin (October 8, 2014) – It must be that crisp snap in the air and the first snowfall of the season that hit Hayward, WI, home of the Swix American Birkebeiner cross country ski race, this week. As a result, registration for the 42nd annual […]

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Week 5: E is for Ernie St. Germaine

Ernie St. Germaine is a Birkie Legend and Founder.  He has never missed a single racing of the Birkie, making his total race tally 41.  And there is no stopping in sight.  Ernie says he’ll keep on skiing until he “is no longer smiling when he goes for a ski.”  Read on for a question […]

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Week 4: D is for Diggins

This was a fun week for the Birkie Countdown.  I’m lucky enough to have Jessie Diggins as a team- and housemate, so interviewing her is getting a sneak peak into her “professional” self, not just her bubbly and goofy “normal” self (although there certainly is some overlap).  This interview combined both Jessie’s professional and normal […]

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Runners Embrace New Course at the Birkie Trail Run & Trek

Addition of singletrack produces fast winning times A special Report by Tom Held Sunday, September 28, 2014 6:56 AM Craig Cardinal finished seventh in the first Birkie Trail & Trek Marathon in 2010, and carved more than 30 minutes from that time to win the challenging race on Saturday, September 27, a brilliant fall treat […]

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Week 3: C is for Caitlin Compton Gregg

Working our way through the alphabet, we’ve arrived at “C.”  There really was no question in mind what to say and who to interview for week 3.  Caitlin Compton Gregg (currently living out of Minneapolis, MN) has competed in the Birkie 5 times, and has won 3 of those.  Read on for some question and […]

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Week 2: B is for Birkebeiner

If I’ve learned anything in 22 years of life, it is history can produce the best stories.  The history behind the Birkebeiner is filled with adventure, suspense and a semblance of “enhanced” legend.  It is a great story.  So for the second installment of Annie’s Birkie Countdown, let’s have a history lesson! Civil War plagued […]

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Stay for SUNDAY of Birkie Week!

Make It Part of YOUR Birkie Experience! The American Birkebeiner’s Sunday On-Snow Ski Demo on February 22, the day after the big race, will celebrate its third year at the Birkie “OO” trailhead. Everyone from newbie skiers to elites can try out the latest in new equipment–skis, poles, boots, and bindings. These are products that […]

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Annie’s Birkie Countdown Introduction

We hope you enjoy this first installment in an ongoing series from the new Birkie Ambassador Annie Hart. “Annie’s Birkie Countdown” – the Birkie ABCs — starts today with an introductory video with Annie Hart, and will be a weekly piece featured on the Birkie’s Facebook Page every Wednesday up until Birkie race day (February […]

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