Train, Live, and Enjoy Birkie Events and the Year-Round Birkie Lifestyle

A big idea here at the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is to be part of and support your year-round healthy, outdoor lifestyle. Although we put on some great events, we know there’s more going on for you the rest of the year–like getting ready for those events or just getting out and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

That’s what Birkie Programming is all about, to get moving and make that dream a reality. The Birkie is not just a destination. As a true lifestyle, it happens wherever you are. So, come and enjoy the Birkie Trails, but we’re also happy to bring the Birkie Lifestyle to you, wherever you live and train. This is just the beginning. We hope you will be part of it!

Birkie Trail Kids – Spring session begins April 20th!

Youth ages 7-13 can experience the Birkie Trail as a fun adventure! Year round programming is designed to get kids out on the trail running, biking, orienteering, ski training, and more.

BTK Spring session begins April 20th and runs through May 25th. The 6 week session will be held at Fish Hatchery Park from 4-5:15 on Thursdays.  Click on the above link to find out more!

*Summer Birkie Trail Kids will begin June 12th and run until mid-August.  Locations include Fish Hatchery Park, OO Trailhead, and Silverthorne Park.  Birkie Trail Kids will meet from 9-10:30 every Monday and Wednesday (not the week of July 4th).  Put it on your calendar now!

Birkie Spring MTB Training League

Skis are put away, but kids still need to be moving!  Birkie Spring MTB Training League is a great way for kids to get on their bikes and get ready to ride for the summer.  Kids 4th grade and up can participate in the league to be held on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15 in various locations (depending on trail conditions).  The league is a great way for kids to spin the legs, learn skills, and ride with friends and coaches.  More details will be coming soon, but register now to ensure your spot!  

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Birkie Biathlon Red Book Event

Birkie Biathlon is kicking off the spring/summer season with a Red Book Certification Event on April 22nd, 2017.  Red Book Certification is required for all athletes that want to participate in Birkie Biathlon events and compete in any races.  Mark Torresani of the Blackhawk Biathlon Club will be our special guest trainer.  The program will be held from 9am-1pm at Summit Lake Game Farm (North Marsh Lake Rd, Hayward, WI map).  Lunch will be provided.  Training will be indoors and out, so please dress for the weather. Cost for the training is $10.00 for participants 22 years old and younger, $25.00 for 23 years and older.  We recommend that you turn 12 during the 2017-18 season to participate in the class.  Class size is limited to 20, so register early!


8:30-9:00 Check-In- Please arrive before 9 am so we can begin on time.

9:00-10:00 Introduction to Biathlon

10:00-11:00 Range Procedures

11:00-12:00 Biathlon/Shooting

12:00-1:00 Range Practice


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Train to Bike 

Birkie Kids Mountain Bike Camp for youth ages 6-18 at the OO Trailhead. Camp is scheduled for June 10, 2017.  Check back for registration and details soon!

Train to Ski

Birkie Ski Training Plans

Birkie Training Tips

Training suggestions and guide from Jan Guenther, Owner of Gear West XC Ski & Run Shop.

Train to Run

Birkie Trail Run Training Plans

XC Ski Training Tips from Birkie Champion Matt Liebsch

Annie’s Birkie Countdown: Training Tips & Stories from Birkie Ambassador Annie Hart

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