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 returning to the area to run in the marathon event. Now in its 15th year, the Birkie Trail Run & Trek, sponsored by Salomon, has grown to include eight events with an anticipated field of over 1000 runners and trekkers. From the Ultra 100K marathon to the marathon, marathon relay, and half-marathon, the pool of new and returning athletes is guaranteed to ramp up the excitement and competition on the hills of the legendary Birkie Trail on October 1.

The 2016 Birkie Trail Run marathon, one of the events at the Birkie Trail Run & Trek, has been named the 2016 USA Track and Field (USATF) championship for the state of Wisconsin. In addition, several Birkie Ambassadors – a select group of past Olympians or current USSA Ski Team members – will be on-hand to mentor young athletes or to participate in the day’s running events.

Ultra Marathon – 100K/62 Miles

Name: Barb Klinner (2015 Birkie Trail Run & Trek Women’s Ultra-Marathon Champion)

Age: 57
Roots: Medford, WI
Location: Wausau, WI

  • 2015 Birkie Trail Run & Trek Women’s Ultra-Marathon Champion; Completed 102 marathons, 13 Ultra Marathons (7 races were 100 miles or more); 100K Wisconsin State Master’s Champion; Inaugural Lean Horse 100, South Dakota – 3rd place; Inaugural Javelina Jundred, Arizona – Top 10 Women’s Finisher; Inaugural Hallucination Hundred, Michigan – Top 3 Masters Women’s Division Finisher; Edmund Fitzgerald 100k, Minnesota – Top 3 Masters Division Finisher

Name: Keith Thompson

Age: 32
Roots: Drummond, WI
Current: Duluth, MN

  • Birkie Trail Run & Trek 2015, 2nd place finisher in the Ultra-marathon
  • Northwoods MN team runner; team finisher of Grandma’s Minnesota Mile – Duluth Mile; numerous ultra-marathon finishes
    Marathon – 25.8 miles

Name: Corrine Malcolm (2016 USATF 50 Mile National Champion)

Age: 26
Roots: Hayward, WI
Current: Vancouver, BC

  • 2016: Cayuga 50 Mile/USATF 50 Mile National Champion, 1st Female; The Rut 50km – 6th Female, 3rd American; The Rut VK- 7th Female, 4th American; Gorge Waterfalls 100km, 4th Female; Chuckanut 50km -4:29, 5th Female; Fragrance Lake 1/2 Marathon -2nd Female; 2015: Flagstaff Sky Race -3rd Female; Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon -5th Female; The Rut 25km -15th Female; The Rut VK -12th Female; Bangtail Divide -1st Female

Name: Tammi Braund (2015 Birkie Trail Run & Trek Female Marathon Champion)

Age: 37
Roots: St. Croix Falls, WI
Current: Cushing, WI

  • 2015 Birkie Trail Run & Trek Female Marathon Champion; Cyclova XC Running and Cross-Country Ski Team member; Has run 10 marathons and won four of them; Winner Eau Claire Marathon, Inaugural Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon Champion; Grandma’s Marathon and three time Boston Marathon runner

Half-Marathon – 12.4 Miles

Name: Kate Stout (2015 Birkie Trail Run & Trek Female Half-Marathon Champion)

Age: 27
Roots: St. Cloud, MN
Current: Duluth, MN
Highlights: 2015 Birkie Trail Run & Trek Female Half-Marathon Champion

Name: Joel LaFrance

Age: 35
Roots: Duluth, MN
Location: Plymouth, MN

  • 2015 Birkie Trail Run Half-Marathon – 4th Place Finisher; Gear West and team member; 1st overall 2016 Chequamegon Fat Tire Triathlon; 3rd place 2016 Allina Trail Mix 25k; 36th place finish in 2015 Birkie Skate; 64th in 2016 Birkie Skate

Race Details

The Birkie Trail Run & Trek events start and finish at Birkie Ridge Trailhead, 12.5 miles north of Hayward, Wisconsin, and 5 miles south of Cable, Wisconsin. The eight Birkie Trail Run & Trek events place runners and trekkers on some of the most scenic stretches of the famous Birkie Trail and single-track sections of the CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) trail system. With eight events on the roster – including a marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, Nordic Trek, 5K run/walk, youth 5K (12 and under) and 1K Kid’s Dash (free for ages 12 and under), along with the 100K Ultra Marathon – there is a north woods trail experience available for every ability level. Full race course information is available at

Race Day Event Schedule

  • 5:30 AM Ultra-Marathon Start – Presented by HydraPak
  • 6:30 AM Bib Pick Up Opens
  • 8:00 AM Marathon Start (25.8 miles) – Presented by CARLSON MD
  • 8:30 AM Marathon Relay Start (25.8 miles) – Presented by FITS
  • 9:00 AM Nordic Trek Start (10 miles) – Presented by Out There Shop
  • 10:00 AM Half-Marathon Start (12.4 miles) – Presented by Hydro Flask
  • 10:30 AM 5K Start – Presented by Corner Deli
  • 11:00 AM Post-Race Party Begins – Food, Live Music, Celebration!
  • 11:30 AM Kid’s Warm Up & 1K Race
  • 12:00 PM Overall Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half-Marathon, & 5K Awards
  • 12:30 PM Age-group awards for Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K
  • 3:00 PM Final Marathon Finishers
  • 7:00 PM Post-race celebration continues at Rivers Eatery
  • 8:00 PM Ultra-marathon champion awards and celebration at Rivers Eatery

Posted September 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm