Carpe Skiem - May 21, 2015

View this email in your browser

Here's what's happening at the Birkie and by who, in 60 seconds!

Event Registration is NOW Open!
We've had over 3,000 individuals sign-up for Birkie events since registration opened May 4. That's an increase of over 80% from last year!  Which means the
Birkie, Korte & Prince Haakon events could reach their participant cap of 10,500 even earlier than before!  Register NOW to insure your proper wave placement, because once a wave is filled participants are placed in the next available wave. Foundation Membership, BirkieTourBirkie Trail Run & Trek and Fat Bike Birkie registration are also open!

Is Good Sleep Part of Your Training Regimen?
Of course we all know that lack of sleep can impair cognitive and physical function. But did you know that increasing sleep can actually improve performance? A study of the Stanford University basketball team by researcher Cheri Mah found that an increase of about 2 hours of sleep per night led to a 5% increase in speed, 9% increase in free throw accuracy, faster reflexes and generally improved mood. We also know that it’s during sleep that our body recovers from exercise, repairs itself and grows new muscle tissue. Sound like a winning plan? Check out our guide to good sleep and maximize your potential!

Birkie Foundation Membership Time!
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!  By joining the ABSF you will help us achieve our mission of maintaining the Birkie Trail System year-round, hosting world class events, and promoting active lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities.  Your membership is an investment in the Birkie Trail System - one of the most scenic and beautiful recreational forest trails in the USA. Join us and help spread Birkie Fever!

Birkie Trail Run & Trek - September 26
This years Trail Run & Trek is bound to be unforgettable. 
With ALL NEW 100km Birkie Ultra Marathon, Course Improvements and a GREAT Post-Race Party! 
Plus, Prize Money will be given to overall top three male and female finishers in the Marathon Division. First place male and female will receive $500; second place, $250 and third place, $100. Click HERE for registration, event distances or a map of the course.  First the time ever, on-site camping is available! Call the Birkie office 715-634-5025 or email for details.

A Great Birkie is Built in the Summer!
May is the unofficial, official beginning of ski season. Be it the first day or the ides of May, the fifth month is universally respected as the time when serious skiers take to the pavement in search of next season’s results.  Here are five ways to make it more pleasant as you kick off skiing’s wheel bound season:
1. Get some tips. Sharp tips are a must. The SWIX TBS system ensures key touch points for the pavement. Use a diamond wetstone to hand sharpen or better yet, install a grinder in the garage for guaranteed purchase no matter what condition the bitumen.

On Lake Hayward, Pushing Hard to the FINISH
A few weeks ago we sent out a CALL TO ACTION to over 12,000 people involved in all of the ABSF events - and over 300 of you have responded, netting in an additional $35,246 toward our Phase 1 goal!  That brings us to $616,459 - leaving us ONLY $33,541 left to raise to hit the $650,000 goal!  We can't thank you enough for supporting the organization and the race that drives your active lifestyle!  Please help us keep up the momentum and wrap up this campaign to secure our permanent start area and trailhead.  If you LOVE THE BIRKIE LIFESTYLE and haven't already donated, please consider doing so TODAY!

Chequamegon Youth Mountain Bike Camp by Birkie and CAMBA in-support of the WI High School Cycling League
Birkie and CAMBA are hosting a Mountain Bike Camp for youth ages 6-18 on June 13, 2015 at the OO Trailhead.  Cost for the camp is only $25 for a day of learning mountain bike skills on the Birkie Trail and CAMBA singletrack.  The camp runs from 9 am- 3 pm with lunch and snacks provided.  All skill levels welcome! A limited amount of loaner bikes and helmets will be available- so join in the fun even if you don’t have your own bike!  Click on the link above for more information or to register.

Summer Care for Skis from Madshus
It’s May, we have officially entered the 2015-16 training year and it’s dryland season. You have probably put away your skis for the season, but did you prepare them for a summer in storage and a new winter come fall? Make sure your skis are every bit as fast and good as they were for the last days this spring. Additionally, taking good care of your skis not only make them fast, it also …Continue reading

2016 Birkie Design Contests
Opening June 1, 2015! Time to tap into your inner graphic designer and help us come up with the Official 2016 T-shirt for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner. New this year, we're opening a Poster Design contest, too! Submission deadline is July 1. The top five designs will be voted on by YOU and the general public on our website:   The winning design will be featured as the official t-shirt or the official poster of the American Birkebeiner, February 18-21, 2016.  Submit as many designs as you like!  For official rules and waiver click contest link above. For questions please email:

New Moon Announces Summer Calendar
New Moon Ski & Bike in Hayward WI officially kicks off its summer bike season at the popular Mt Borah Epic mountain bike race on May 30th, 2015! New Moon is providing free wrench support to all Epic racers on race morning at the Cable start area. Thanks to Mt Borah’s generosity, the Epic is an important fundraiser for CAMBA with 100% of proceeds going directly to CAMBA’s trail building and maintenance efforts!  New Moon's Summer Clinic And Events Calendar is now online with a busy schedule of free bike skills and maintenance clinics, race wrench support, and instructional group rides.  Click title-link above to continue reading.

We’re proud to announce the new 3-year exclusive partnership with the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation’s “Skiers For Cures®” program and ALS Wisconsin Chapter.  It’s the perfect match – an organization who supports healthy lifestyles joining us to help raise money and awareness toward eradicating an always-fatal disease.  Specific details are in development, so PLEASE check back to learn more about becoming involved with our partnership. In the meantime, you can get involved by adding the #VSALS hashtag to your social media posts when sharing your spring/summer training updates.  And if you happen to have a personal connection with ALS through friends or family, we encourage you to share your story. 

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."

Once again this summer we want to help you get Out There and enjoy the world around you (and the Birkie Trail).  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 Birkie Trail Run & Trek events this fall.  If you are interested in getting one of these LIMITED spots send us and email. Use the SubjectLine: 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.      

Copyright © 2015 American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences