Help a Young Person Ski the Birkie or Korte

Avatar American BirkebeinerJanuary 10, 2013
Dave Landgraf, a Birkebeiner Founder (ABSF photo)
Dave Landgraf, a Birkebeiner Founder

Ski Strong Foundation

Dave Langraf in his red "Founder" bib, still starting and finishing strong in the Elite wave of the 2011 Birkie. (ABSF photo)
Dave Langraf in his red “Founder” bib, still starting and finishing strong in the Elite wave of the 2011 Birkie. (ABSF photo)

The Ski Strong Foundation is created in memory of Dave Landgraf, a Birkebeiner Founder, whose life was greatly affected by the wonderful sport of cross country skiing. He skied every Birkie from 1973-2011. The name “Ski Strong” was the idea of Emalea Landgraf, Dave’s daughter. At the time of Dave’s bike accident in August, he was wearing his yellow Lance Armstrong Livestrong band. The band remained intact and became a significant reminder of his strength. It is our hope that this foundation will inspire cross country skiers of all ages to embrace winter and the joy in cross country skiing.

Second Annual Ski Strong Scholarship

Application Deadline – January 15, 2013

The Ski Strong Foundation wishes to provide free entries for both the Kortelopet and Birkebeiner races. Any young people wishing to ski either race may apply. The requirements are you must be from the state of Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Michigan and be 20 years or younger on the day of the race. If you meet the requirements, please send an email answering this question: “Why is cross country skiing an important part of your life.” Please answer the question in 200 words or less, indicating which race you plan to ski.

Email to skistrong2011@yahoo.com by January 15, 2013. After reading your essay, Dave’s family will select a young male and female for each race.

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