HAYWARD, Wisconsin (June 27, 2014) – The five events of the 12th annual Birkie Trail Run & Trek on Sept. 27 put you on some of the best sections of the world-class Birkie Trail system and now some of the best singletrack in the Upper Midwest as well. These singletrack sections are part of the CAMBA trail system, considered “the singletrack capital of the Midwest.” The Birkie Trail Marathon, Marathon Relay, and Half Marathon courses will all include these new singletrack sections. The new courses are made possible by a brand new start/finish venue for the events—the new Birkie Ridge Trailhead. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation completed this latest addition to the Birkie Trail system last fall.

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The new Birkie Ridge trailhead is on Hwy 63, just 11 miles north of Hayward, WI, and five miles south of Cable, WI. Starting at this new trailhead takes runners right into the heart of some of the best sections of the Birkie Trail and the CAMBA singletrack system. Over 44 miles of the CAMBA singletrack system are the hidden jewel in this area. Many portions of it run adjacent to the Birkie Trail, crossing the Birkie Skate and Classic Trails every four to five kilometers.

Adding singletrack to the Birkie Trail Run events is a natural. It will satisfy the cravings of the most passionate, dirt-loving trail runners! Many local and regional trail runners already know about this combination of trails. The Birkie Trail Run & Trek opens up this hometown secret to trail runners across the country.

The Birkie Trail system itself has some roots and rocks, but is relatively smooth. The terrain (including those Birkie hills) makes it interesting for avid trailrunners. For road runners looking to break free from their usual routes, it is a great crossover and introduction to trail running. The main course is 30 feet wide, grass covered, and mowed, with a bike path down the middle to keep those sections fast. There is plenty of room to pass on the uphills, downhills, and flats. This is the Birkie Trail, so there are hills. Hammer it or cover your favorite distance at a recreational pace.

This event has a great, friendly vibe and a finish-line party with loads of local food and craft beer on tap from the Cabin Stop of Hayward. All registered participants eat free at this picnic at the start/finish line tent. Spectators, family, and friends can purchase a picnic ticket. The grills will be fired up, so plan to stay for the party!

“If you love to run great trail, this is the event to put on your calendar now,” says Ben Popp, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. “Get ready for some great new sections of trail, beautiful views, and a whole new running experience on the Birkie Trail!”

For more information, visit www.birkie.com or call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025.

The Birkie Trail Run & Trek Is Sponsored By: Salomon, FITS, Dr, Brent Carlson, MD, Out There Nordic Sports, and the Cabin Stop


Posted June 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm