American Birkebeiner Legacy Lives On with Support from Johnson Bank and Johnson Family Foundation

Representatives from Johnson Bank present a check for $25,000 to the ABSF for the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner. L-R, Craig Hokanson, Regional President, Johnson Bank; Allison Slavick, Museum Planner; Ben Popp, Executive Director, ABSF; Walt Jaeger, retired Regional President of Johnson Bank; Todd Knutson, President, Johnson Bank Hayward. Combined Donation Totaling $50,000 […]

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Hayward Residents are On the Trail to Fitness

Be Healthy Hayward Program Gets Residents Moving on Local Trails Hayward, Wisc. (August 29, 2016) – Be Healthy Hayward is a program designed to get people off of the couch and ready for a 5K run/walk, focusing on people who have either never run before, who haven’t run in a while, or who haven’t participated […]

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Be Healthy Hayward Returns for a Second Year

6 Week Program Gets Community on the Trail to Fitness Hayward, Wisc. (August 4, 2016) – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) and Essentia Health have joined together for year two of Be Healthy Hayward, a 6-week, community-focused program to encourage physical fitness while getting people ready to run or walk in the October 1 […]

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New American Birkebeiner Permanent Start And Trailhead a Reality

Dedication Slated for August 6th near Cable, WI Hayward, WI (August 1, 2016) — In November 2014, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) launched their first-ever capital campaign. Just seven short months later, their Phase 1 goal of $650,000 was realized and funds were used to secure land for a new permanent start area and […]

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Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner Grand Opening on August 5

A 43-year Time Capsule of North America’s Largest Cross-Country Ski Race Hayward, WI (August 1, 2016) — Each February more than 10,000 cross-country skiers gather in Wisconsin to take part in North America’s largest and greatest ski race, the American Birkebeiner (Birkie). Considered an iconic world-class sporting event, for over 40-years the Birkie has helped […]

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Two Iconic North Woods Events Unite for Lumberjack Run

ABSF Supports the LWC with the Lumberjack Run Hayward, WI (July 21, 2016) — Over 100 years ago, lumberjacks felled timber throughout the north woods of Wisconsin. Today, and with a nod toward the region’s deep-seated timber roots, runners and walkers will be channeling their flannel for the Lumberjack Run/Walk on July 30, 2017. This […]

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A Cool Invitation from New Zealand

An invitation to North American Birkebeiner skiers to come down south for the Merino Muster X-Country Ski Race. Race dates: Saturday, September 3, 2016 Saturday, September 2, 2017 Race Entries at www.merinomuster.com Many N. Americans have New Zealand on their bucket list for all sorts of reasons.  Some had relatives stationed here during the 2nd […]

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Clubs Unite to Bring New TRAIL KIDS Program to Midwest Youth

June 21, 2016 – With the Midwest embracing healthy outdoor lifestyles, five founding clubs are announcing the introduction of a new program focused on bringing outdoor adventures to youth year-round. The Loppet Foundation (Minneapolis, MN), the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (Hayward, WI), Endurance United (St. Paul, MN), Out There (Rice Lake), and MadNorSki (Madison, WI), […]

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Assistant Birkie Trail Manager Position

Love working outside?  Want to live in Northern Wisconsin and work on the greatest trail system in the world?!?!?  If so, keep reading! Job Title: Assistant Trail Manager  (full time, year-round) Organization Summary:  The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to promote and conduct the finest international cross-country ski competition […]

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Birkie Announces Two New Summer Programs to Get on the Trail to Fitness

New Summer Programming for Youth and Adults Alike Hayward, Wis. (May 9, 2016) – It isn’t everyone who is fortunate enough to live in the north woods with nature as their playground.  Fortunately, residents of Sawyer and Bayfield counties can count themselves amongst the lucky ones.  The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF), the “Birkie,” is eager […]

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