American Birkebeiner Ski Race to Close 2017 Registration

Registration to Close 11:59pm, Thursday, November 3 Hayward, Wisconsin (November 3, 2016) — The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation announced today that registration for the 44th Slumberland American Birkebeiner, the “Birkie,” North America’s largest cross-country ski race, will close at 11:59pm, tonight, Thursday, November 3. The American Birkebeiner (55K classic/50K skate) race is scheduled for Saturday, […]

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Birkebeiner Director visits Rhinelander, Nordic Ski Club gets $1,000 grant

WJFW – TV 12 — Watch Video RHINELANDER – Leaves cover the ground instead of snow, but that doesn’t stop Ben Popp from dreaming. “Hopefully it snows soon,” said Popp. The American Birkebeiner Executive Director visited the Northwoods Nordic Ski Club Wednesday. “Rhinelander has just an amazing situation here. We have this great venue out […]

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Runners from Idaho, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois & Canada Podium at the Birkie

Caitlin Gregg 2016 Half-Marathon Champion (Olympian/Nordic) Corrine Malcom 2016 Marathon Champion (USTAF 50-Mile National Champion) Brian Gregg 2016 Half-Marathon Champion (Olympian/Nordic) 2016 Birkie Trail Run and Trek Hayward, WI (October 1, 2016) – The first runners across the finish line at Birkie Ridge on Saturday afternoon, October 1, were greeted by cheering fans under a […]

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Defending Female Champions Klinner, Braund, & Stout Return for 2016 Birkie Trail Run & Trek

USA National 50-Mile Trail Champion Comes Home to Run Marathon Hayward, WI (September 28, 2016) – Three 2015 champions are returning to defend their titles at the 2016 Birkie Trail Run & Trek: Klinner – Ultra Marathon; Braund – Marathon; Stout – Half-Marathon. Corrine Malcolm, Hayward, WI native and USA National 50-Mile Trail Champion is […]

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USA Trail Champ Comes Home to the Birkie

Talk to Corrine Malcolm and it’s clear she has not forgotten her roots or the homegrown experiences that have helped to catapult her onto the national running stage. And, now she is coming home to participate in the Birkie Trail Run & Trek marathon on October 1st on the iconic hills of the Birkie Trail. […]

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Birkie Trail Run & Trek Makes Strides Toward Cup Free Racing and Announces New Race Designation

ABSF Adds New Vendor Fair to Birkie Trail Run & Trek Event Schedule Hayward, WI (September 13, 2016) – October 1, 2016 marks the 15th running of the Birkie Trail Run & Trek (BTRT) on the legendary hills of the iconic Birkie Trail. From the challenge and intensity of a 100K ultra marathon to the […]

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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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