(left to right): Dr. Gary Chu, Dr. Rodney Barnes & wife Diane, Dr. Blake, Jen Black, Dave Harkness
It’s how I stay active, fit, and connected.
It’s an annual craving for excitement, camaraderie, and challenge … and it’s all tied into clicking on my skis and enjoying the vast wilderness of the Birkie Trail with treasured friends.
If you haven’t experienced the Birkie Trail for yourself, it’s a beautiful meandering trail that passes through the expanse of woods that run alongside the western edge of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin.
Check it out! You might be interested in The American Birkebeiner ski event too!
Open for a number of year-round uses, in February the 100 km of beautiful maintained trails draw nearly 8,000 participants from around the world who arrive in Cable, WI to participate in The American Birkebeiner. Feathers in its cap include:
This year I attended with a group of treasured friends – people I’m blessed to know through professional and personal associations… Dr. Gary Chu, an orthodontist from Racine, Dr. Rodney Barnes, a chiropractor from Mayville and his wife Diane, and friends Jen Black and Dave Harness from Illinois, pictured here with me the day after the race.
Keep moving! It’s been 23 years and I’m still going strong!
For 22 years I participated in the full 31-mile (50k) Birkie Cross Country Ski race, but this year, for the first time, I switched to the Kortelopet Event. It runs 17 miles (29k) from the OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward and attracts thousands of skiers each year.
It’s still a challenge, but not a total “beat down” like the Birkie had become. No matter what race I’m in or how far I go, winter is great when I get up to play in the snow each day.
If you’re a skier, let me know! I always like to chat about a pastime that I just adore!