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  • American Birkebeiner aims to buy land, improve trail through capital campaign
    The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has launched the first capital campaign in the history of the iconic race, and will seek $2.3 million to buy land for a permanent start area, improve the extensive trails and add an outdoor recreation center. 
  • Birkie registration closing
    Registration for the American Birkebeiner ski race and its shorter companion, the Kortelopet, will close at 11:59 p.m. today, Thursday, October 23, with 10,500 skiers in the field for the iconic event on February 21, 2015. 
  • Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities juxtaposes life in Paris and London during the onset of the French Revolution. In contrast, two small northwestern Wisconsin hamlets, Hayward and Cable, serve as anchors to two of my favorite and humbling events, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and the American Birkebeiner.  
  • How tough could this be? Only one other sit-skier had completed the Korte, and it took him four hours. For able bodied, fourth-wave skiers like Burke and I, piece of cake, right?? 
  • The first Birkebeiner in 1973 was a pretty simple affair compared to the complex modern version. A few dozen skiers drove to the start at the Lumberjack Bowl on Lake Hayward, paid the entry fee, rubbed some wax on their skis and then found a place with 34 others on the start line across the frozen ice and snow of the lake.  
THE ACTIVE PURSUIT
with Tom Held
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