Check out the Aurora Borealis over Birkie Ridge!

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The Northern Lights Over Birkie Ridge!
Photo Credit: Hansi Johnson
Lately, the northern sky over Birkie Ridge has been ablaze with a kaleidoscope of  color courtesy of the aurora borealis.  This year, as we prepare for the upcoming Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 26, we are excited to offer camping on the Ridge for Birkie Trail Run & Trek participants!  If you haven't registered for the event, it isn't too late!  While we can't promise you northern lights, we can promise you a great north woods vibe, camaraderie, on-site camping, post-race live music under the big tent, great food, craft beers, wine, and the hardwood forest painted in beautiful oranges, scarlets and golds.   From the new 100K Ultra to the marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, Nordic Trek, 5K and kids races, there is an event for all ages and ability levels.  So, grab your family and friends and join us for a gorgeous fall day on the legendary Birkie Trail.  We hope to see you there!       --Ben

Ben Popp
Executive Director
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 
Only 156 Days Until the Birkie!
Registrations are rolling in for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner events and waves are filling fast!  Be sure to register before your wave fills!
   Birkie 56K Classic

Birkie 51K Skate

Register for the 
Birkie now!
Register for the Kortelopet now!
Register for the Prince Haakon now!

Registration will open for all other Birkie week events very soon!  If you've already registered for a Birkie event, check your inbox for your confirmation email.  
Questions?  Call us at 715-634-5025  or
Refer-A-Friend & You Both Get FITS Socks!
For a Limited Time & While Supplies Last!
If you’ve been waffling about whether or not to register for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek, Presented by Salomon,
waffle no more!  Register now and refer-a-friend to join you – we’ll make it worth your while and theirs too!  
Not only will you both be in for an incredible day in the north woods, but now you can each get a free pair of fantastic FITS performance socks when you both register for the event.  FITS socks are designed to be the best fitting in the industry!  Click here for registration details and the promo code!

Don’t worry!  If you’ve already registered for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek you can still refer a friend!  Then, when they register you’ll both receive a pair of FITS socks!  Offer valid until 9/21/15 or while supplies last.  Learn more here!

Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director & his family are living the Birkie lifestyle!  
Hear Ben's update from the trail!
9 Days Until the Birkie Trail Run & Trek!
The Birkie Trail is the place to be on September 26th!  Our crews are out making certain the trails are in perfect condition for  the runners, trekkers and walkers who will be joining us for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek, Presented by Salomon.  Mother nature has begun to paint the leaves in hues of gold, orange and red, making it a perfect way to spend a day in the north woods.  You'll find on-site camping (northern lights included free of charge!), big tent finish line festivities, fabulous food, craft beers & wine provided by Northern Lakes Cabin Stop, music by Duck for the Oyster, events for all ages and abilities, games for kids, and more!  And, the celebration continues Saturday evening at River's Eatery with music by Molly and the Danger Band!  We only have room for a few more marathon relay teams - register soon!  Don't miss the food, drink, exciting door prizes and fun scheduled for bib pick-up at the Cabin Stop on Friday, September 25!  

Birkie - Volunteer of the month
Gary Johnson - September 2015

Congratulations Gary!  A long-time volunteer, Gary has worked to ensure that traffic flows smoothly in and around Birkie venues, often standing outside for long, cold stretches.  Gary has been instrumental in re-designing parking lot traffic flow to eliminate traffic congestion and enable additional parking for Birkie participants. Gary is reliable, innovative, humble, willing, and exemplifies what it means to be a super volunteer!  While we haven't a current photo of Gary - just watch for him this February - he'll be the smiling face greeting you at the Como lot!   If you're interested in volunteering for any of the exciting Birkie events, just let us know!

ABSF Sport Development Grants
Making a Difference

Each year, in support of our mission to promote cross country skiing and a healthy, active lifestyle, the ABSF awards $40,000 in sport development grants to youth and adult programs that are making a difference.  The ABSF is in the process of reviewing the impressive grant applications and will be notifying and announcing the 2015-2016 grant recipients in October.   In the coming weeks and months, you will be hearing more about the ABSF sport development grant recipients, their great programs, and the impact skiing is making in people’s lives!

A Place of Honor
Have you ever wondered about this beautiful sculpture at the "OO" Birkie Trail head?  The Birkie Honor Wall is a testament to one's commitment and dedication to the Birkie lifestyle.  Standing tall and proud 365 days a year, long-time skiers, first-time skiers, trail-runners, volunteers, fat-bikers, hikers and trekkers have shared their love of the Birkie Trail system with the world by adding their name to the Honor Wall.  All proceeds go directly to fund ongoing maintenance for the Birkie Trail system.  All contributions are tax-deductible.  Learn more here.  

Become a Birkie Volunteer!
Without our dedicated corp of volunteers, Birkie events would simply not be possible.  Did you know that we have over 2000 amazing volunteers who support  Birkie events year-round!  Without the energy, enthusiasm, support and heart-warming encouragement that volunteers provide we would not be able to bring you the world class events that our participants and the world has come to expect.  From inside opportunities to outside adventures, if you'd like to become a part of this amazing group of people who make the Birkie happen, let us know!  Click HERE to become a volunteer today! 
Race Day Nutrition Planning
Are you ready to #GUforit in your next race? Olympic Marathoner and 2015 Western States 100 winner, Magda Lewy-Boulet, shares nutrition planning tips that can help you train for success.  
Visit Gu to learn more!
Check out nuun’s inspiring video and see how nuun can help you beat your best!
Beat Your Own Best with Nuun
Nuun Hydration Is on the Race Course of All Birkie Events!
Nuun is a proud sponsor of the American Birkebeiner, Official Hydration of all Birkie events, and also of helping individuals beat their best every day, year round. Hydration is important whether you're running, biking, or skiing a marathon or doing a marathon of errands. Nuun electrolyte enhanced drink tabs hydrate your body to perform. With a blend of optimal electrolytes and no added sugars, nuun keeps you hydrated and healthy!  
Visit nuun to learn more! 

Ski Safer:  Ways to Roller Ski with Care
 It’s the time before the time to go. Fall means sharpening, prepping, and gearing up for the winter to come in a more focused way than the humid days of June, July, and August might allow. It also means waning light and a need for safety vigilance. Here’s how to keep yourself seen as the shoulder season and its shorter days encroach. Click Here for all 5 Swix Tips!

New Moon Demo Bikes Still Available!New Moon's annual sale of its demo and rental fleet is underway! Save some dough on expertly maintained mountain bikes and even FAT bikes from Specialized. For a list of models and prices, Click Here.  Selection is limited - don't miss out!  Stop by the store or call us at 715-634-8685 or 1-800-754-8685.

Enjoy October Running at Its Finest
Sign up for the Gear Western Country Half Marathon or 5K on Saturday, October 10th. You will experience peak fall colors, quiet rural roads, and a fantastic post-race party. Click here for details. 

For a Little Nordic Ski Inspiration, Gear West interviewed star skier and Minnesota native Annie Hart. Click here for her story.

With the Birkie Trail Run & Trek just days away, Fall IS Out There ~ We hope to see you Out There at this year’s Trail Run & Trek! The first 150 Trekkers will get a NEW Out There Purist Water Bottle. Get Ready for fall & winter events by joining us Out There!  Keep up with all of the events and activities going on at  With FUN things happening, contact us to join in at.  Follow us on Facebook at Out There Nordic and keep an eye on our main webpage  Also use our hashtags on Instagram #ruoutthere #shouldhavebeenoutthere #imsooutthere.  Hope to See YOU Out There Soon!

On Making Rollerskiing Better
How to Make Pavement Feel Almost Like Snow
When Fischer launched its new Carbonlite Rollerskis in July, the goal was to create an experience on pavement that mirrored the sensation of skiing on snow...Rollerskis by themselves don’t make the skiing experience better, however.  Here are five tips for rollerskiing to make the effort on pavement feel as close to snow as possible. Click here for all five tips.
Get Ready for Your Favorite Birkie Event!
It is never too early to start training and what better way to stay comfortable than in some technical wear made by Ogio?  Our partner Advantage Emblem has imprinted some amazing Endurance Nexus performance gear with the Birkie logo and "InTraining."  The apparel is moisture wicking with odor control, has zoned ventilation to prevent over-heating, and has reflective detailing for safety.  Order today in the Birkie Store! 
Help Kids With Special Needs Get Outdoors!
Support CXC's Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment with your ticket purchase! Nearly 50% of the 200 available tickets are sold. The winner will receive a custom designed, hand crafted, Eriksen titanium road frame built with a Shimano Ultegra wheel-set and Shimano Ultegra speed component group (or similar equivalent). The winner will be selected by random drawing on October 3rd, 2015.  Need not be present to win.  Learn more here!
Interested in Doing a Biathlon?  Learn More!
 A USBA Biathlon Safety Certification Class will be held at Cable Rod and Gun Club, Cable, Wisconsin, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on October 3, 2015. This class will result in certification to participate in USBA open races. The class will cover biathlon safety, range procedures, race formats and shooting instruction. This course will also cover rifle selection, costs and the opportunity to shoot different rifles.  Learn more here!

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
The Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race, the legendary American Birkebeiner--Title Sponsor, Slumberland Furniture--the Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 107-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. Located near Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, the Birkie is now an outdoor sports mecca, a series of great races, a fitness destination, and a Lifestyle.      

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