Spring is in the Air!  Registration is too!

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Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director, updates you on
finish line news, a registration update, and more!  

Watch it now!
Registration Opens May 2nd
for the Following Events!

Kortelopet - Friday, February 24, 2017
Prince Haakon - Friday, February 24, 2017
44th Slumberland American Birkebeiner - Saturday, February 25, 2017 
Birkie Tour - January 1, 2017

Waves Fill Quickly!  Get Your Registration in Early!

Just announced! Wave Seeding & Timetables for 2017!
Check out the 2017 Birkie & Kortewave seeding tables and timetables!
The Science Behind Wave Seeding 
The goal of wave seeding is to place skiers in equal sized groups that best match their abilities. When determining wave seeding, we use the best available information such as a skiers previous Birkie or Korte result.  If a prior Birkie or Korte result is unavailable, the next best option is a recent qualifying race result which we then calibrate for easy comparison to a Birkie result.  Read more...
Just announced! Check out the 2017 Birkie & Kortewave seeding tables and timetables!
Get Fat in 2017!
Registration Opens May 2nd!

45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie - Saturday, March 11, 2017
World's Largest Fat Bike Race!
Epic Fun!  The Best Time You'll Ever Have on Two Wheels!

Watch Your Mailbox! 
The Birch Scroll results issue will be arriving in mailboxes very soon!  You'll find 2016 Birkie week results, Fat Bike Birkie results, the 2016 & 2017 schedule of events, wave seeding and start timetables, and much more!

Plus, somewhere inside you'll find a chance to win a free Birkie event entry!
Volunteer of the Year – 2016
Jed & Jane Malischke – Race Chief’s at the Timber Trail Aid Station - were named the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year for 2016.  They are truly a dynamic duo. This husband and wife team have been dedicated volunteers at Timber Trail Aid Station for thirty years.   As part of their prize, Jed & Jane were presented with a new TREK X-caliber 7 bike, courtesy of TREK Bikes.  The Malischke's will also have their name engraved on the “Volunteer of the Year” plaque that hangs in the Birkie Office. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation thanks Jed & Jane for their many years of dedication in volunteering at the Timber Trail Aid Station.   Special thanks to Timber Ford of Hayward the year-round Volunteer Sponsor,

Special Thanks to our Sponsors
This year's ABSF Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was was provided by our sponsors Timber Ford of Hayward and the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Waters Edge.    Special thanks to TREK Bikes for the generous donation of the Volunteer of the Year grand prize.
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 a total of over $73,000 in four years, directed to a range of recipients. with a goal of reaching $100,000 in 2016. 
With Thanks to our Amazing Volunteers!
This is a message of THANKS to our volunteers for their time and energy in making the Slumberland American Birkebeiner week of Nordic festivities and the 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie events a smashing success!  We simply couldn't do it without our AMAZING volunteers! The Slumberland American Birkebeiner is North America's largest cross-country ski race, the Korte is the second largest, and the 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie is the world's largest fat bike race. Our Birkie volunteers are known around the globe for their expertise in staffing and supporting world class events.  We are grateful and fortunate to have such an amazing crew.  It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that the ABSF staff, board of directors, and Birkie participants, thank our dedicated volunteers!  Special thanks goes out to Timber Ford of Hayward and the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Waters Edge for their sponsorship of the American Birkebeiner Volunteers!
Getting You Ready for the Birkie Trail Run - OCTOBER 1, 2016

Plan to Escape to the North Woods!
Whether you're a skier looking for an off-season training program or a runner who can't wait
to get back out on the trails, the Birkie Trail Run & Trek has an event for everyone!  

Ultra Marathon- Marathon - Marathon Relay (teams of 3 or 6) 
Half Marathon - Nordic Trek - 5K - 1K Free for Kids!
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Dial in Your Gear
April Shoe Review: Whether you already run trails or want to give it a try, have fun checking out the latest trail running shoes. Here’s the run-down from Josh Korn, Salomon Regional Marketing Manager and die-hard Birkie skier and runner.
“The S-Lab Wings is absolutely my favorite shoe we have ever made.  It is the correct balance between lightness, protection, and grip.  Unlike previous versions of the S-lab Wings products, this is the first to come without a chassis. This increases the flexibility of the shoe and makes it a bit lighter. The outsole is a brand new premium wet traction compound that is amazing on wet and dry terrain. The traditional 9mm heel to toe drop is perfect for long races such as the Birkie Trail run.”
Feed Your Love of Running on Dirt…Follow Salomon Running
The importance of Neck-sercise
Anyone who embraces the Birkie lifestyle is certainly committed to regular exercise – and most of us know that staying active promotes healthy sleep as well as keeps our bodies fit. But one muscle group that may not get as much love as it should is your neck. And, surprisingly, neck exercises may have some of the most impact when it comes to good sleep. A strong neck can help reduce instances of sleep apnea, improve poor posture and reduce stiffness – three major contributors to poor sleep. For more information and a few specific neck-training exercises you can implement at home, read what our partners at Reverie have learned on the subject of exercise and good sleep. 
Showing our Barkie Fever!  A check for $1200, proceeds from the 2016 Barkie Birkie Skijor, was presented to the Hayward Northwoods Humane Society in support of our furry friends. Pictured L-R, Allan Serrano - ABSF Event Director; Deanna Perrson - Northwoods Humane Society President & Lola; Connie Meek - Barkie Birkie Skijor Race Chief; Kyra Jackson & Darla.  Thanks to our Barkie Birkie Skijor participants for helping to make this donation possible!
You Can be a Birkie Founder!
Have you ever wished you were a Birkie Founder?
Here’s your chance – become a Founder of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner and proclaim your status with an embroidered Museum patch!  Learn more now!    Have you visited the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner Facebook page? Help us to celebrate the wonderful legacy of the Birkie!
End of Ski Season Prep
With ski season over, take some time to prepare your skis for next season. Here are a few tips from Bruce:
Hot wiping- Apply a layer of soft wax (yellow or red) and scrape off while still warm to help remove stubborn debris from your bases.
Fluoro Glide Wax Remover- Highly recommended if you use a lot of high or pure fluoro waxes throughout the season. More effective than a hot wipe for race skis. Apply, brush with a stiff nylon brush to remove stubborn wax and debris, wipe off with Fiberlene, let sit for several minutes, then brush out with soft nylon.
Stone Grind- If you want a total care package, and have your skis ready to run at high speed right away next season, a stone grind with a hot box treatment is the way to go. You will have clean, fast skis totally ready for storage.
Storage Wax- Once your bases are cleaned, apply a healthy layer of warm wax (yellow or red). Keeping a coating of wax on your skis during the off season will help protect them from scratches, dirt, and oxidation.
Ferrules- If you plan to do any roller-skiing this summer, now is a great time to get your ferrules changed out, the Swix TBS series poles make changing baskets/ferrules a breeze.  Visit
GU Goes Big!
Salty the Yeti has something BIG to tell you! Introducing 15-serving Energy Gel & our custom 5-serving flask. More Gel, less mess, less litter! See more
The Skin-Ski Experience at Birkie 2016
The warm conditions at Birkie 2016 made finding the right kick and glide challenging. At Gear West, we heard a lot of comments and questions about skin-ski experiences. We decided to dig a little deeper to see if we can reach any conclusions. Read our complete report here!   
Pick up a new pair at ourSkin Ski Sale!
It's Running Season!  
Keep Your Computer Running in Tip Top Shape!
It seems like every time you turn around there is a new virus of sorts waiting to make its way into your computer or device. In fact, it was recently determined that there is a new variant of ransomware going around.  For those who are unfamiliar with the term, ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.  The hacker essentially holds your computer files hostage until he/she gets what he/she wants.  To find out more about how you can protect yourself visit
Norvado’s Facebook page .  Also, did you know Norvado has a great Computer Repair department?  Check it out on the computer repair sectionof or call 715-798-7184 to get your computer running in tip top shape!

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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