Carpe Skiem - June 18, 2015

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A Few Words from Ben Popp - ABSF Executive Director

Uphold the Tradition – Join the Birkie Foundation

Being a member of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is the perfect way to contribute to the organization and race that means so much to you!  The clock is ticking as we get closer to the Birkie Annual Meeting – which is a whole day of fun – and our Board of Directors election.  Being a Birkie Foundation Member gives you a voice in the future of the organization, as well as a lot of perks that let you show your Birkie Spirit!  Your membership is an investment in one of the most scenic and beautiful recreational forest trails in the USA. Join the ABSF today and help spread Birkie Fever!

Less Than 100 Days to the Birkie Trail Run & Trek! 
An anticipated 1000 runners and trekkers will take to the trail for the 14th annual Birkie Trail Run & Trek on September 26, 2015. With eight events to choose from, there is a north woods trail experience available for everyone.  Plus, all registered participants get this 'cool comfort' mesh cap!  And - on Thursday, June 18th - the Birkie Staff will be at  the Grandma's Marathon Expo in Duluth, MN. Stop by and see us!  We will be offering a DISCOUNT CODE to all Birkie Trail Run entrants!  Even if you can't make it to Duluth, you can still use the discount when you register online!   It's simple, just use promo code: GM2015 and you'll save 10% on your trail run registration!  Discount code is only valid from 9:00am Thursday, 6/18/15 until 11:59pm Sunday, 6/21/15.

Birkie 2016 Wave Placements Have Begun!
Event registrations are rolling in and Birkie wave placement is underway!  As of today, nearly 4500 participants have signed up for Birkie events. With the July 1, 2015 price increase on the horizon, there is no time like the present to register for your favorite Birkie event, sign up before your assigned wave fills, and save in the process.  If you're already registered, watch your inbox for a confirmation email. Questions?  Call us at 715-634-5025  or  Remember - waves fill fast - be sure to register early!  

Birkie Hits Phase 1 Fundraising Goal! 
Thanks to all who have donated, we have made our $650,000 goal for Phase 1!  In the past 6 weeks, over 1100 of you contributed to 25/75/25, bringing our new total to $650,584.  Thank you for your generosity!  If you are still interested in making a contribution, please do so – projects like new trailheads inevitably cost more than expected.  Anything raised above and beyond the costs needed to cover the new trailhead and start area will be merged into Phase 2, which is all about the TRAIL!

Need Training Plans?  Look No Further!
Summer is here! Time to get ready for your big events! The Birkie Team wants to provide you with the best race experience possible and we understand that training is the key to your success. That's why we are excited to partner with Endurance United as the Official Training Partner of the Birkie!  With you in mind, Endurance United has developed a series of effective training plans to help you prepare for the upcoming Birkie Trail Run & Trek. Bonus - the coaches at Endurance United are excited to answer your training questions!   Reach out to them at
Get Creative!  Your Chance to Win Free Entry & More!
The deadline for the 2016 Birkie t-shirt contest is fast approaching!  Don't miss out on your chance to win free entry into any Birkie event, coveted VIP parking, awesome new ski gear (courtesy of New Moon Bike & Ski Shop - Hayward, WI), and of course...bragging rights! So, tap into your inner designer and submit your entry by July 1, 2015.  Official contest details and official rules on

New for 2016!  Be a Part of Birkie History
For the first time ever, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has created a contest for its annual poster design!  Each year, the poster becomes an iconic symbol honoring the legendary Birkie ski marathon and graces the cover of the Birch Scroll, the annual Race-Guide, on stickers, and more.  Be a part of Birkie history and try  your hand at creating this year's collectible Birkie poster.  Submission deadline is July 1, 2015.  For details, see the official rules.  Questions?  Please email:

Get Out and Enjoy the BIrkie Trail!
The Birkie trail is ready for summer fun!  From mowing to routine trail maintenance, the Birkie crew has been hard at work readying the trail for you, your family and friends. Please remain alert and stay clear of trail mowing and maintenance activities.  If we experience inclement weather, mowing activities may be temporarily suspended.  Check the latest trail report for updates - we'll stay on it!   So, grab your bike, your trekking poles, or your running shoes and head on out!  See you on the trail! 

The Kids Hit the Trail!
Chequamegon Youth Mountain Bike Camp Recap!
Birkie and CAMBA hosted a Mountain Bike Camp for youth ages 6-15 on June 13, 2015 at the OO Trailhead.  75 kids took part in the fun of learning mountain bike skills on the Birkie Trail and CAMBA singletrack.  CAMBA provided guided tours for the parents while the kids honed in on their technical abilities.  Snacks and beverages  were sponsored by Clif.  Special thanks to CAMBA and WI High School Cycling League, Riverbrook and New Moon.

The Power Base Advantage
Before getting your 8 hours of shut eye, do you like to pore through the latest issue of the Birch Scroll? Or map out tomorrow’s run on your mobile device? An adjustable power base foundation will make these nighttime rituals so much more comfortable–and enhance your sleep experience as well. Learn more about the health and lifestyle benefits of an adjustable power base.

Become a Birkie Volunteer!
Would you like to become an integral part of the Birkebeiner events?  Then consider becoming a volunteer. Time after time it is the Volunteers who receive the kudos from our participants, the respect from the community and the love from the Birkie staff.  With new management software in place we are better able to track our volunteers hours, offer up to the minute 
communications and for the first time ever; we're creating a "Volunteer of the Month" and "Volunteer of the Year" recognition program.  Whether it is in September for our Birkie Trail Run & Trek, the BirkieTour in January, any of our events during Birkie Week in February or for the Fat Bike Birkie in March; volunteers are the life-blood of the Birkie.  We could not put on our world-class events without them!    Questions?  Please email

Life at USST Summer Training Camp
Life at a U.S. Ski Team (USST) camp often entails several weeks that are full of reaching new heights, setting goals, dreaming about the snow, and working really hard. For five months in the winter, we, as the USST athletes, live together, work together, race together, and slowly unite into a family of adopted siblings. After five months of living in very close quarters  … Keep Reading...    

See How a Year-Round Skier Trains
Sadie Bjornsen is a Swix Athlete, a member of the U.S. Ski Team and World Cup competitor.

We’ve lined up several events to help make your summer even more fun. Our three race 5k Run Series is a great way to check out our quiet roads and trails. The races include the Twilight 5k, Corn Days 5k, and the Gear Western Country Half Marathon and Borton Volvo 5K. Get ready for these races with our Saturday morning group trail runs. There are distances and speeds for every level. Saturday, June 20th we are hosting a Stand Up Paddle Board Demo at Gear West. Since we’re located next to Long Lake, it only makes sense that we got involved in water sports. At the demo you will get to try a variety of Pau Hana paddle boards. These boards are stable, fast, and fun. Call with any questions 952-928-0843

Upcoming Learning Opportunities with New Moon
Continuing our summer 2015 cycling outreach program, here are a few fun ways to enjoy your bike more! 
June 21, 4:30pm–Free, Hands-on Bike Maintenance 101.  Join us at New Moon to learn a thing or three about maintaining your bike! Learn fundamental bicycle maintenance skills such as tube and tire replacement, cleaning and lubrication, chain repair, brake and derailleur adjustments, and more! Bring your bike and a friend. All abilities are welcome....  Continue Reading


In-Training Technical Wear Available at!
Now that you've signed up for your Birkie® events, it's time to get training!  What better way to do that than in some technical wear made by Ogio?  Through Advantage Emblem & the Birkie Store online, you can order the Endurance Nexus line of performance apparel imprinted with the Birkie logo and "In-Training" across the front. The apparel is moisture wicking with odor control, has zoned ventilation to prevent over-heating, and has reflective detailing for safety.  Follow the link for more information or to place your order today and show the world you're "In-Training."

Summer is well on its way and we are days away from the Solstice! Get Ready for fall & winter events by joining us Out There this Summer!  Keep up with all of the events and activities going on at Also, we will be putting together a 75-person 'Team Out There' to participate in the Birkie Trail Run & Trek events on September 26. (About 15 spots remain!) If you are interested in getting one of these LIMITED spots, send us an email at Use the Subject Line: Birkie TRT

ABSF is a Proud Member of the Worldloppet Ski Federation
The Worldloppet Federation promotes the sport of cross country skiing around the world. Any skier can travel to these beautiful places and enjoy great events. Currently the Worldloppet includes 20 ski marathons (and shorter events) on four continents, including Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The Worldloppet is dedicated to presenting the best cross country ski events in the world for all skiers–from recreational skiers who love the sport to elite skiers competing for top honors. Each event must meet rigorous requirements to earn a Worldloppet sanction.  Click here to view the 2015-16 Worldloppet Calendar of Events.



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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