In our ongoing Birkie Trail Run Story series, we’re excited to share Brian’s journey. Hailing from Colorado, he brings a unique perspective to his Birkie experience. Read on for his story:

“I am so excited to come out to Wisconsin. I have heard that the Birkie Nordic Ski race is iconic with a rich history. After reading that the Birkie Trail Run is hosting the USATF trail marathon national championships and my attention was captured. In 2022 I won the USATF trail marathon national championship in Moab, Utah. Getting the opportunity to compete for another national title in a new location lights my fire. Some of my mentors Andy Wacker and Joseph Gray have raced here a few times before. I look forward to following in their footsteps and testing my mettle alongside some of the best.

Beyond the competitive aspects of this race I feel a draw to Birkie for a variety of reasons. When I was a student athlete at Wheat Ridge high school Donald “Dart” Schwaderer was one of the cross country alumni ahead of me. Dart went to the University of Wisconsin to run as a badger. He has been one of my largest inspirations throughout my running journey and heading to Wisconsin feels like I am following in his footsteps. He always spoke about Wisconsin with such high regard for the community, I can’t wait to experience it for myself. Being among the fall colors, rolling hills, and running community in Wisconsin this September will be such a fun experience. I look forward to trying some authentic cheese curds and meeting local cheese heads”.

Pictured below is Brian winning the 2022 USATF Trail Marathon in Moab, Utah, and the 2012 Colorado State High School Cross Country Championships.

Posted April 19, 2024 at 3:32 pm