10 New Reasons to Take On the Birkie Trail Run & Trek Sept. 21

(Birkie press release)

More Popular Than Ever – Here’s Why!

Birkie Trail Run


Why Do the Birkie Trail Run & Trek on Sept. 21?

It Depends on WHO You Are!

1: IF YOU ARE A DIE-HARD BIRKIE SKIER … this is one more notch in your Birkie belt. You get:

  • Plenty of chances to ask yourself, “Which is harder, skiing this or running it?”
  • That same 4,500 feet of elevation gain — backwards, from south to north this time — for more chances to count to 100 … again, and again, and again
  • The chance to run down B Hill and Boedecker Hill

* Plus, you get credit as a “Birkie Warrior” – see Reason #9, below.

2: IF YOU ARE A TRAIL RUNNER FIRST AND ALWAYS … the Birkie Trail system is one of the best in the world. This is not single track, but the hills make up for terrain with an endurance challenge you don’t want to miss. The trail–which winds deep through the heart of national forest hardwoods and pines–is wide, grassy, and relatively free of roots. But, “It’s the climbs!” See this article from one of last year’s marathon runners, “Brutal but Beautiful“!

3: ARE YOU A MARATHON RUNNER ONLY? … Again, check out the “Brutal but Beautiful” article — one runner’s stride-by-stride description of the Birkie Trail marathon last year, starting at mile 18. This story will either have you shaking in your trail shoes or immediately inspire you to toe the starting line.

4: ROAD RUNNERS UNITE! If you are thinking of crossing over to the dark side, running beneath leafy canopy and feeling the earth move under your feet, the Birkie Trail Run is a premier trail event to try. Because it is a wide, mowed, grass surface, relatively free of roots or other obstacles, the Birkie Trail makes a great transition from the road. Choose from the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, or 5K.

5: STILL, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE … HAMMER THE HILLS OR SAVOR THE DAY. Take on your toughest challenge or just spend time on the Birkie Trail with friends. With 5 events to choose from, including a range of distances and paces, you can customize your Birkie Trail Run & Trek experience to exactly what you’re looking for.

Choose from:

Marathon . Half Marathon – Marathon Relay (3- and 6-person team options)

13.1 mile Trek (Nordic walking with poles) . 5K Run/ Walk

6: MAKE YOUR MARATHON A RELAY! With names like these–Hostile Vegan Takeover, Girls Just Want to Go Run, Beauties & the Beasts, Beef Birkie, and Grababrewskis–the 3- and 6-person Birkie Marathon Relay teams mean business. This event is currently the most popular Birkie Trail Run & Trek option!

7: FROM HERE AND AWAY … COAST-TO-COAST COMRADERIE & COMPETITION. Where do Birkie Trail Run & Trek participants comes from, and why? They are from the Northwoods, Upper Midwest, as far west as California, Oregon, and Washington, from as far east as Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, from as far south as Kansas and Texas, and to the north from Canada. A runner from Norway scheduled his visit to allow him to complete the 2012 Birkie Marathon run to complete his Birkie Warrior Series. Make new friends. You’ll know someone the next time you do an event where they live. Which brings us to …

8: TRAIL RUNNER MAGAZINE’S TROPHY SERIES. We are again part of this great event series for trail running devotees, a way to earn points and prizes! The individual Birkie Trail Run & Trek events are part 138 qualifying races across the U.S. and Canada. Click Here for details.

9: BIRKIE WARRIOR SERIES. Get recognized for doing Birkie events year-round! Because the 2013 BirkieTour was cancelled in January 2013, you only need to have completed either the Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, or Prince Haakon event in February 2013 – plus complete any one of the 5 Birkie Trail Run & Trek events on September 21 – to qualify for prizes and recognition as a Birkie Warrior! Click Here for 2013 Birkie Warrior Series details.

10: WE HAVE GREAT FOOD! Hey, that’s important, too, especially after your run or trek on the Birkie Trail. Load up on the great food from the grill, salads, and more at our cookout picnic under the Big Tent at the finish line. We also have lots of great door prizes to give away and overall and age-class awards for each event. It all happens on SEPTEMBER 21. Mark your calendars and sign up now!


For Details and to Register for:

– ALL 5 –

Birkie Trail Run & Trek Events

September 21, 2013


More info, email birkie@birkie.com or call 715-634-5025.


Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Presenting sponsors of the Birkie Trail Run & Trek are:

  • Chippewa Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine – Marathon
  • FITS Sock – Marathon Relay
  • Salomon – Birkie Half Marathon
  • Out There Shop – Birkie Nordic Trek with Poles


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