Attention cross country skiers

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 22, 2009 12:37 pm

Interested in cross country skiing? Consider joining the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. Here’s their latest press release:

                                                                First Annual BirkieTour to take Place January 23
                                                                                    by Cherie Morgan

HAYWARD, Wis., December 22, 2009 – Skiers looking for a fun day on the trails should plan to join the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation by participating in its newest event, the BirkieTour. The first annual BirkieTour will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2010. Skiers age 13 and older may choose from event distances ranging from 22 to 51 kilometers.

    “The tour is a non-competitive, untimed, fun event using both the new Birkie Classic Trail and the Birkie Trail,” said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF). “We invite everyone to come out with their friends and family and enjoy a supported day on the trail.”

The BirkieTour events begin at Telemark Resort. Skiers who plan to ski the KorteTour with event distances of 22 or 27 kilometers can start anytime between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Those who plan to ski the BirkieTour, event distances 43, 48 or 51 kilometers can begin anytime between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.

The BirkieTour will have mini-aid stations at various points along the course. The aid stations will offer water and HEED electrolyte drink. Skiers are encouraged to carry additional energy products and food. Each finish line will offer food and beverages for the finishers.

    “BirkieTour participants will all receive a great long sleeve event t-shirt and pin,” said Zuelsdorff. “Best of all, you’ll be skiing, either classic or skate, on one of the best cross-country ski trail systems in the World.”

The BirkieTour is sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft 64, Hammer Nutrition, Becker Law, ClifBar, Gear West and ActivEdge.

More than 7,500 skiers are expected to register for the 37th anniversary American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet. Another 2,500 are expected for shorter races and events. 

About the Birkie:  Celebrating its 37th year, the American Birkebeiner, February 25-27, 2010, is the largest and most prestigious cross country ski marathon in North America. Spanning more than 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward, the Birkie is part of the Worldloppet series of 15 international races, and part of the lives of citizen skiers from around the world. Sponsors of Birkie include Subaru, Becker Law, Johnson Bank, Swiss Miss, Salomon, Hammer Energy, Sawyer County Record and other businesses throughout the region and country.