Carpe Skiem - July 17, 2015

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Have you ever wondered what happens on the Birkie Trail this time of year?
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Ride along with Ben Popp, Executive Director, and find out!
Join the Celebration!
To Thank you for your support and passion for the Birkie, we invite you to join us for the ABSF annual meeting on August 8 in Cable, WI.  In true Birkie style, we’ve planned a day in the north woods filled with trail runs, bike rides, and a Nordic trek.  Following the day’s activities, we will gather for a social hour, picnic-style dinner and then get down to business for our annual meeting.   
All are welcome to attend the annual celebration and participate in the activities, however, if you plan to join us for a great dinner that evening, please RSVP so that we may plan accordingly.  We hope to see you on the 8th!
A Night You Don't Want to Miss! 
Legacy of the American Birkebeiner 

Each February more than 10,000 cross-country skiers gather in Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin to take part in North America’s greatest ski race, the American Birkebeiner. Longtime Birkie PR leader and skiing historian, Tom Kelly, will take you back to the origins of Birkie, regaling the crowd with some of the legendary stories of the race’s roots. He’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to Tony Wise, a native son of Hayward whose vision shaped a community and a sport. 

You're invited to this free presentation on Wednesday, August 12 at Hayward’s Park Center - for planning purposes, we ask that you RSVP. Join us for the Legacy of the American Birkebeiner and exciting news regarding the launch of the planned Museum of the American Birkebeiner.   Check, email or call 715-634-5025 for details.

Birkie Voting Goes Green! 
It's election time in Birkie-land and this year, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) board of directors election process is easier than ever.  We've gone green with an online voting process - no more paper ballots!  Voting deadline is August 8, 2015 and election results will be announced at the ABSF Annual Meeting. Learn more about the ABSF Annual Elections 
Wondering how YOU can cast your vote?  Become a current Birkie Foundation member!  Find out more about the perks of membership and how it benefits you.  Join today to cast your vote!

$40,000 in Grant Money to Be Awarded in 2015! 
Apply Now!

Each year the ABSF provides grant opportunities to skier development programs. While priority is given to cross-country ski focused organizations, programs that support running, biking, and other off-season activities are also encouraged to apply.  As of 2014, the ABSF has awarded over $385,000 to cross-country ski programs across the U.S. Learn more about how the ABSF can help your program. Application deadline is September 1, 2015.  Questions?  Contact the ABSF at or 715-634-5025.
71 Days Until the Birkie Trail Run & Trek!
The Birkie invites you to do it in the woods!  If you're a runner who has always wanted to try a trail run, here is your chance!  The Birkie Trail Run & Trek is the perfect road to trail crossover running experience.  Runners, trekkers, friends and family will enjoy the friendly north woods vibe, on-site camping, big tent finish line festivities, cook-out and craft beers. 
  • New! 100K Ultra Marathon
  • Marathon
  • Marathon Relay (Teams of 3 or 6)
  • Half Marathon
  • 10 mile Trek (Nordic walk with poles)
  • 5K Run/Walk
  • Youth 5K (12 and under) & 1K (Free ages 9 and under)
Join us on the Birkie trail,  beneath a canopy of autumn leaves, for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek.  What better way to escape to the north woods!  Register now!
Event Registration, Wave Placement & More!
Event registrations for Birkie events are rolling in and Birkie ski marathon wave placement is well underway!  Register before your wave fills!  As of today, over 7000 participants have registered for upcoming Birkie events!  

If you've already registered for a Birkie event, check your inbox for your confirmation email.  Questions?  Call us at 
715-634-5025  or

Join the Birkie for the Lumberjack Run!
What do you get when you cross spandex, plaid and running shoes?  The Lumberjack Run!  Mark your calendar for the Lumberjack Run in Hayward, WI, July 25th at 8:00am.  The Birkie has joined forces with the the Lumberjack World Championships (LWC) for a 4.7 mile fun run/walk around Lake Hayward.  The race starts & finishes at the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Free t-shirts to the first 150, LWC tickets, lumberjack costume contest, prizes - including free Birkie entry - and more!  Get your plaid on and we'll see you on the 25th!  Learn more and register now!  YoHo!

Become A Birkie Insider!
Key Volunteer Positions Available! 

New volunteer opportunities arise nearly every day!  If you are interested in learning more about key Chief positions - important leadership roles on the Birkie volunteer team - or any of our year-round volunteer opportunities, please contact the Birkie Office at 715-634-5025 or email

VOLUNTEER ALERT: We are in need of chiefs & volunteers for the Birkie Trail Run & Trek, September 26th.  Join in the fun and check out the available shifts!  Feel free to share with friends and family, for their chance to become an integral part of what makes the Birkie happen - the Volunteers!!

Be Healthy Hayward - Learn More Now!
Be Healthy Hayward, presented by Essentia Health and developed by the Birkie, is a program designed to encourage physical fitness amongst community members.  The 8-week training program will have participants ready to run (or walk) in the 5K at the Birkie Trail Run & Trek event on September 26, 2015.  Starting August 4th, each session will begin with weekly training tips – provided by Essentia Health medical professionals to ensure that participants train wisely, an 8-week progressive training plan, and a group run/walk.  Learn more about Be Healthy Hayward and register now!

Combination Workout Training Tips from Swix!
July is just far enough away from snow to feel curiously easy, but just important enough in the scheme of training that the workouts now make the biggest difference.  Hence, like so many things in life, variety is crucial.  Putting together combination workouts, mini duathlons of running and rollerskiing is a sweet way to stay fresh...   Read More...

Take a Spin on the Dirt with New Moon 
Pivot Cycles is one of the great rising stars in the mountain biking world. Join New Moon and Pivot Cycles at the OO Birkie Warming Hut on August 19th for a dirt demo with a fleet of some of the hottest, most innovative trail bikes available! FAT, 650b, 29er, carbon, full suspension, and hardtail - they'll all be there to ride on the singletrack. Sorry - no snow for the fat bikers!  Bring your helmet, some fresh legs and a friend! Snacks and beverages provided by New Moon Ski and Bike.  Be there!

The days are getting Shorter ~ yes, we did say that. Summer training has been great Out There thus far! Already folks have been asking, though, when things will arrive for the upcoming winter season. Get ready for fall & winter events by joining us Out There this summer!  Keep up with all of the events and activities going on Out There!  Events are coming up in Eau Claire and on the Birkie Trail in the near future! Follow us on Facebook at Out There Nordic and keep an eye on for upcoming events that Support Great Athletes Out There ~ signed, Team Out There   Hope to See YOU Out There Soon!

Gear West Events
Do you love running? Interested in getting a jump on ski training in the fall?  Gear West has the activities for you.  The Gear Western Country Half Marathon and 5k, Saturday, October 10th, is a fall color run on a crushed gravel trail and the rolling hills around Long Lake (20 min west of Mpls).  Long sleeve t-shirts, medals, and a post-race party you don’t want to miss.  Train with friends and improve your ski technique Wednesday nights thru the Gear West Training and Technique program.  Located at French Park in Plymouth, MN. Instruction for all levels, dryland, and rollerski.  Check out the other Gear West events!  Gear West now offers Stand Up Paddle Board Sales and Rental - perfect for the quiet waters of Long Lake, a short walk from the store.  Questions?  Call 952-473-0377.

Get Your Gear On!
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.  Place your order today and show the world you're "In-Training."

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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