I first heard about the American Birkebeiner as a high schooler living on the Iron Range (near Tower, MN). However, I did not participate until later in life. At age 30, in 1994, I took up cross country skiing. That same year I skied my first Birkie. It only took ONE and I was hooked!
I now consider myself an avid and enthusiastic Birkie supporter of not only the events, but also the lifestyle. I’ve skied in over 20 American Birkebeiner races and I have also completed a few Fat Bike Birkies and Birkie Trail Run & Treks.
My wife and I reside only 2 kilometers from the OO trail head. I’m on or around the Birkie Trail almost daily, skiing, mountain biking (on the adjacent singletrack), running or hiking.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. I currently work as a Sr. Mechanical Designer in nearby Spooner, Wisconsin.
I chose to serve on the ABSF Board of Directors because I felt strongly that is was time for me to give back some effort and good energy to an organization and community that I care so much about. If you know me, you know that the Birkie lifestyle has partially shaped who I am and who I will continually be.