One of the core pillars of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation’s mission is to act as good stewards of the iconic American Birkebeiner “Birkie” Trail. We take our mission very seriously. Last year alone, the Birkie crew spent an estimated 1600 hours grooming and maintaining the Trail system. While annual Trail maintenance costs can vary depending on the weather, last year the ABSF spent $391,000 to maintain this amazing recreational resource. Annual maintenance costs include erosion control, Birkie Trail signage, lighting, plowing, mowing, brushing, plus the equipment and tools required to maintain the Trail system. The Birkie Trail is at the heart of ABSF events and provides a venue for all to live an active outdoor lifestyle. Preserving and maintaining the Trail is key to the future success of the Birkie and other ABSF events.
Longtime Birkie participants, Richard Pierce and Sandy Lampman, recognize the importance of the American Birkebeiner Trail and have generously donated $25,000 to fund and seed the Pierce & Lampman Trail Fund. They believe the Birkie Trail is integral to the continued success of the Birkie and we couldn’t agree more.
The Year of the Trail provides an opportunity for Birkie enthusiasts to ensure the future of the Birkie Trail by supporting the Pierce & Lampman Trail Fund. Managed by the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner, the income from this fund will support year-round Birkie Trail development and maintenance for years to come. All donors who contribute to the Pierce & Lampman Trail Fund will receive a limited edition, full-color, scenic 2020-2021 American Birkebeiner Trail calendar capturing the beauty and excitement of the Trail. Skiers, bikers, runners, hikers, and anyone who utilizes the Birkie Trail, can show their support by donating to the Pierce & Lampman Trail Fund.
Donors making a gift of $1000 or more will also become de facto members of the Birkie Legacy Circle of the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner. Birkie Legacy Circle members are presented with a personalized certificate and a distinctive gold “Birkie Legacy Circle” crest on their race day bib. There are special events and receptions for Birkie Legacy Circle members only, every year.
“We are honored to establish the Pierce Lampman Trail Fund to kick off the Year of the Trail. Since 1984 the Birkebeiner has been an important part of our lives, experiencing first-hand how the continued evolution of the trail system has benefited all levels of classic and skate skiers, volunteers and spectators. We encourage others who have shared in the Birkie experience to help ensure the Birkie trails meet future needs of cross-country skiers and other silent sport enthusiasts into perpetuity. Please join us in supporting the Year of the Trail.”
– Richard Pierce & Sandy Lampman