Largest cross country ski marathon in the continent happening this month

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 12, 2010 8:07 am

HAYWARD, Wis., January 12, 2010 – The first annual BirkieTour will be held on Saturday, January 23rd. Skiers age 13 and older may choose from event distances ranging from 22 to 51 kilometers.

    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 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.”

   
    BirkieTour participants finish their event at Hatchery Park and KorteTour participants will finish at the Birkie Trailhead at County OO. All Tour participants will receive refreshments at the finish lines including chili and hot dogs donated by Marketplace Foods, Miller Genuine Draft 64 and Swiss Miss hot chocolate. Buses at each finish area will return skiers to Telemark Resort.
   
    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 strongly encouraged to carry their own additional energy products and food.

    To register for the BirkieTour skiers can log onto www.birkie.com and select the Events section. From the BirkieTour page they can either register online or print out a race registration form. Registration will also be available at Telemark Resort on Friday, January 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 23 from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

    Pre-registered skiers can pick up their race bibs at Telemark Resort on Friday, January 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. or on Saturday, January 23 from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Pre-registered skiers will also be eligible for door prizes.

    “BirkieTour participants who have pre-registered will 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.”
       
    To learn more about the BirkieTour or to register for the event, log on to http://www.birkie.com, email birkie@birkie.com or call 715/634-5025.
   
The BirkieTour is sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft 64, Hammer Nutrition, Becker Law, ClifBar, Gear West, ActivEdge, GU Energy Gel and Marketplace Foods. 

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. To learn more about North America’s largest and most prestigious cross country ski race or the BirkieTour, log on to http://www.birkie.com, email birkie@birkie.com or call 715/634-5025.

About the Birkie:  Celebrating its 37th year, the American Birkebeiner (1-800-USA-BRKE; www.birkie.com), 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

 

 

 

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