- Become a Birkie Volunteer
Want to be an integral part of the American Birkebeiner Events?
If you answered an emphatic YES!, you’ll want to be among the 2,100 volunteers who work behind the scenes or up front to make the Birkie happen year after year. You’ll be able to select from the volunteer areas listed below…and you’ll be among volunteers celebrating at the post-Birkie Volunteer Party … See below!
“The next time you apply a set of those Birkie stickers to your skis, remember all the people who join in to make this event possible. Someday, you may be watching from the sidelines. Only then do you realize how lucky we skiers are to have those volunteers standing by to help us in time of need.” – Bob Rude, Birkie skier sidelined in 2005, Rhode Island
Register To Be a Birkie Volunteer! Year-Round Opportunities*!
- Birkie Trail Work – as needed
- Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner Docent – Open Year-Round
- Lumberjack Run Volunteering – July 21st, 2018
- Birkie Trail Run Festival Volunteering – September 28-29th, 2018
- Double Pole Derby Volunteering – December 29th, 2018
- BirkieTour Volunteering – January 13th, 2019
- Gitchi Gami Games Volunteering – January 18th – 20th, 2019
- Bib Processing for Birkie Events – January 31 – February 15, 2019
- Birkie Office Volunteer – as needed
- Birkie Week THURSDAY Events – February 21st, 2019
- Kortelopet, Prince Haakon FRIDAY – February 22nd, 2019
- American Birkebeiner SATURDAY – February 23rd, 2019
- Fat Bike Birkie Volunteering – March 9th, 2019
- Birkie Trail Ambassador – Seasonal (December 1st – March 31st)
Have Questions? Call 715-634-5025 x:2, 2 or email Ronda Tworek in Volunteer & Participant Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org *Volunteer shifts typically open 3 months before any given event.
If you are part of a non-profit group in need of raising funds for trips or group supplies, please call or email Ronda at Birkie Office to see how we can help each other! Groups can earn $5.00/hr. per person volunteering at Birkie events.
Reasons to Volunteer!
- You’re tired of staying inside!
- Everyone you know talks about helping at Birkie events and you haven’t yet!
- You’ve always wanted to volunteer for something!
- You really enjoy encouraging participants to reach the finish line!
- You have the chance to experience “Birkie Fever!”
- You get a nice new Volunteer Hat and Birkie Pin or a great Volunteer shirt!****Volunteer gift varies per event.
PLUS… Come to the Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Be Our Guest for this Great Food and Get Together and a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE!
SUNDAY, FEB. 24th, 2019 – The Steakhouse in Hayward – 2:00 p.m.
Where the Volunteer of the Year will be announced!
Any Birkie Volunteer can be nominated by another volunteer, Race Chief, or member of the community.
The Volunteer of the Month program is to recognize a volunteer for their efforts and dedication in assisting the American Birkebeiner with its events, year round. If you know of a Birkie Volunteer worthy of this nomination, please fill out and submit the application in the link below. One of the nominees will be recognized as the Volunteer of the Year, at the Volunteer Appreciation Party each February.
Help out at all Birkie events: Birkie Trail Run & Trek, in September; BirkieTour, in January; Birkie Week Events, in February and the Fat Bike Birkie in March! Or with Trail Work, all year-round!
- Pre-race Mailing and Office Work: Mailing, filing and general office work.
- Bib Processing & Bib Pick-up: Package & Distribute skier bibs.
- Information Booth: Answer questions about the Birkie Week events.
- Opening Ceremony: Help organize the pageantry of the opening ceremony.
- Food/Water/Aid Stations: Distribute water, sports drink, bread and/or medical assistance to skiers along the course.
- Start and Finish Line Set-up/Tear Down: Set up/teardown fencing, scaffolding, banners, etc.
- Elite Skiers: House an athlete for the weekend or provide transportation to and from the airport.
- Security/Crowd Control: Maintain/supervise crowd at start, finish line and parking areas.
- Entertainment: Sing, dance or entertain our skiers and spectators with your special talents.
- Baggage Gear Check: Assist with skier’s personal items at the start and finish areas.
- Finish Line Areas: Assist skiers, timing, pass out medals and pins, and provide medical attention.
- Awards: Assist with distributing awards at the awards ceremony.
- Parking: Directing traffic at various parking lots for participants to ride shuttle busses.
- Truck Driver: Deliver race supplies and food on the course prior to race day. Drive trucks with baggage gear race day
- Post-Race Mailings: Lost & Found items, awards, etc.
- National Ski Patrol: The National Ski Patrol provides support for skiers on the course. If you are a member please contact them to find out how you can become more involved. If you are interested in learning more about the NSP please visit their web site at www.nsp.org.
Presenting Sponsor of Birkie Volunteers, and the Volunteer Appreciation Party