From Finland to the Birkie Trail - It's a Summer of Adventure!
Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director, takes you to Finland for a few words from the Worldloppet meetings - now 20 nations strong!  
Watch it now!


Over 4000 skiers have registered for February races
and several waves will be closed before you know it!  Secure your wave now!  Register before the July 8 price increase!

Kortelopet - Friday, February 24, 2017
Prince Haakon - Friday, February 24, 2017
44th Slumberland American Birkebeiner - Saturday, February 25, 2017 
Birkie Tour - January 15, 2017
Save the date!  Annual Meeting & Fun Day!
The ABSF's Annual Meeting is your opportunity to get an up close and personal view of the awesome, new, permanent Birkie start venue.  We'll be dedicating the new American Birkebeiner trailhead cabin, touring the new 9,000 square foot Great Hall, unveiling our Phase 1 Capital Campaign Donor Recognition wall, and enjoying excellent food, drink, and company!  The festivities begin at 6pm on August 6. Click here for details!   
Assistant Birkie Trail Manager Position!
Love working outside?  Want to live in Northern Wisconsin and work on the greatest trail system in the world (not to mention working on the greatest events in the world!). 

This exciting position is full time and responsible for supporting the year-round maintenance and grooming of the Birkie Trail system...curious to learn more?  If so,
read on!
Live Music, Fab Food & Libations Await!
Phase 2  ABSF Capital Campaign Kickoff 
Join us at  Rivers Eatery in Cable, WI, for the official kickoff of the ABSF Phase 2 Capital Campaign. On Monday, June 27, from 6pm – 8pm, you'll enjoy live music, tasty food, cold beverages, good company, and the opportunity to bid on fantastic auction items including a lifetime entry for all ABSF events!  Phase 2 is the final phase of our Honoring the Legacy – Ensuring the Future Capital Campaign.  Learn more here or register now for this fundraiser night in Cable! 
Wanna make a run for it!?
Have you ever considered running for a seat on the ABSF Board of Directors?

Now's your chance!  
Details found here!
There are three 2016 board positions open!
If you're an ABSF member, one spot may just have your name on it!

Applications are due June 21!

Can we get a big YO-HO!
Register online, in person at the American Birkebeiner office, or in person on race day.  
The first 150 registrants will receive a lumberjack t-shirt certain to be the envy of all your citified friends!  All participants who register by July 27 will receive a free pass to the Lumberjack World Championships events on July 28 or July 29!  Registration Fee: $25 before July 27 and $35 after July 27. $10 for ages 18 and under through race day.

Win Two Free Entries & VIP Parking!
How you ask?  Enter the official 2017 Birkie Poster Design Contest for your chance to win!  The chosen poster
 design will become the official image of 2017 Birkie events!  From the official 2017 American Birkebeiner poster, to the pre-race issue of the Birch Scroll, and the 2017 race participant guide - you'll be famous for your creativity!  Please submit your spectacular designs to us by July 1, 2016 for consideration for next year's soon to be iconic poster design.  Click here for additional details, forms and the official rules.  
Getting You Ready for the Birkie Trail Run - OCTOBER 1, 2016

Unleash Your Inner Warrior!
Ultra Marathon- Marathon - Marathon Relay (teams of 3 or 6) 
Half Marathon - Nordic Trek - 5K - 1K Free for Kids!
This makes running down those Birkie hills seem not so bad … Enjoy!
Watch the video now!  
Camp at Birkie Ridge Trailhead!
This October, participants in the Birkie Trail Run & Trek can choose to camp under the stars at Birkie Ridge within sight of the start/finish line! Camping is available on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, for a mere $10 per night. There will be portable toilets, water, and a community fire pit available.  No generators or pets are allowed at the campground.  RV hook-ups are not available.  Campers can pre-register until Thursday, September 29 at 11:00pm.  Check-in and registration will be available on site from 3:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, at bib pick-up on Saturday, and check-out is no later than 12-noon on Sunday.   Register now!  
Photo Credit:  Hansi Johnson
More Birkie News!
There is always something happening at the Birkie!  Read on to learn more!
The Birkie Kids Mountain Bike Camp was a smashing success! Thanks to all the volunteers, coaches and participants for making it an amazing day on the trail!  The next generation of riders is rolling their way to a healthy, active lifestyle and a promise of future adventure!
Birkie Joins Forces with Trail Kids!
With the Midwest embracing healthy outdoor lifestyles, five founding clubs are announcing the introduction of a new program focused on bringing outdoor adventures to youth year-round.  The American Birkebeiner is partnering with four other clubs to create a movement that is about endurance based outdoor activities that kids can do for a lifetime!  Read more here!

Kermit was wrong: being green is easy!

Part of a healthy lifestyle is to consider chemical-free, natural cleaners for your furniture & around the home like vinegar and baking soda. Learn more.  

Bragging Rights & New Ski Gear (Plus More!)
Not only will folks be rockin' your t-shirt design...but you'll win a free Birkie entry, VIP parking, new skis, bindings, and poles...but you can't win if you don't enter the 2017 Birkie T-shirt Design Contest! Tap your inner Picasso and submit your design by July 1st!   The top-five designs will be placed on the Birkie website and the winner will be chosen through an on-line voting process!  Submit as many designs as you'd like!  We can't wait to see what you come up with for the 2017 official Birkie t-shirt - click here for rules and forms!
Be a Do-Gooder!  
Volunteer Ops Available!

Whether your cup of tea is working inside the office, helping with trail maintenance, or assisting at an event - we have volunteer opportunities to suit your every wish!
Next Up:  Lumberjack Run - July 30
Opening in July:  Birkie Trail Run & Trek - Oct 1
Thanks to our hundreds of volunteers!  We couldn't do it without you!


Nominated by a fellow Volunteer, John came to the Birkie after 15 years as a participant.  Since 1998, John has been volunteering instead of skiing - first at the aid stations and eventually as Race Chief for  Aid Station Logistics.  John is the guy who makes certain that each aid station has all the supplies they need at the start of the event, in addition to traveling to the stations north and south replenishing their stock of cups & GU.  Sadly, John has decided to retire from the Birkie.  We are incredibly grateful for the 33 years he has spent dedicating his time and efforts to skiing in or volunteering at Birkie events.   Next time you see John on the road, honk in thanks for his years of service (replica of his WI plate is below)!  

Timber Ford gives $50 for every vehicle purchased to the non-profit of your choice, including the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. They have already raised over $73,000 in four years, directed to a range of recipients. with a goal of reaching $100,000 in 2016. 
Keep the trails clean & recycle with GU!
GU Energy Labs has partnered with TerraCycle to recycle performance nutrition packaging from any sports nutrition brand. Participation is FREE and you can earn money for local charities!

Watch the video now!  See more at
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No Wonder He Won the Birkie!
APU men's team put together a really cool video of them skiing in crust in the mountains of Alaska. The video heavily features David Norris who won the 2016 Birkie. David is wearing the white headband and green shirt. Scott Patterson and Eric Packer, national champions, are also featured. "Many thanks to Rossignol, which supports most of the APU men's team, for this Alaskan adventure!
Watch the video now!    
Min-Time Max-Effect Training
Dear WeAnswer@SkiPost,
Q: I work full time and go to school in the after-hours so I have very little time to train. What should I focus on?

Dear Fred, 
You should focus on Intensity and Over-Distance and throw out the rest. A detailed explanation is offered
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Get Your Gig On!
Gig (aka Gigabit) has become the next big thing in high-speed Internet service. But what is it and what does it mean for you? First, Norvado is the only Gig-capable provider in Northwestern Wisconsin.  Use our Speed Test link and see how fast your Internet is!  Internet speeds are broken down by the following … Keep Reading

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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