It was another great year for the American Birkebeiner T-Shirt Design Contest. Congratulations to Marc Shapiro of Minneapolis, MN, the winner decided by a week of online voting July 28th to August 1st.  This was his first time to enter the contest.

“I’m really excited and honored to win this year’s Birkie t-shirt design contest!   I wanted my design to reflect a vintage ski patch with a contemporary twist to capture the Birkie’s 42-year tradition. I skied my first Birkie last year and look forward to tackling those Birkie hills again this winter!” Shapiro said.

Shapiro’s winning design will be featured as the official T-Shirt of the 2015 Swix American Birkebeiner ski events.  The T-shirt and will go on sale later this year online and also be available during race week at the Birkie Expo and at our Birkie headquarters on Main Street, Hayward.

As his prize for winning the contest, Shapiro will receive a new pair of Swix Triac Poles,  Fischer RCS skis–his choice of skate or classic. New Moon Ski & Bike of Hayward, WI, is donating both the bindings for the skis and the mounting. He also receives a complimentary race registration to the 2015 or 2016 Swix American Birkebeiner and a VIP parking pass to the race start.

New Design Ideas Welcome Every Year!

From time to time we get questions from classic skiers and others about what it takes to have designs that feature the classic technique or other personal preferences on a T-shirt design. The simplest answer is to submit one! You can submit your own design or even work with someone who can help turn your idea into a design.

It says in the announcement of the contest each year that anyone can enter, no experience necessary, and that you can submit as many ideas as you like. Also, you can resubmit the same design or new designs from year to year. The second place designer this year submitted designs last year. So get creative and encourage your friends to do the same!

In fact, look a the winning designs from the last four years, posted on the bottom of the contest page and you will see the wide range of ideas, including both a classic and skate skier, a warrior logo, and a more abtract look. Again, to that line-up the Birkie is happy to welcome Marc Shapiro and his winning design for the 2015 Birkie.

So, welcome all designers and design ideas! The Birkie and your fellow skiers look forward to seeing what Birkie Fever will inspire you to create!
For questions about the annual Birkie T-shirt Design Contest, Birkie apparel, or American Birkebeiner year-round events, please vist our Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest page. You may also contact birkie@birkie.com or call 715-634-5025.



Submitted photo of the winner, Marc Shapiro, who skied his first Birkie last year.


Posted August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm