About Us


A Membership Club For All Skiers Who Have Completed Twenty or More American Birkebeiner® 54K Classic or 50K Freestyle Nordic Ski Marathons. The Birkie is Part of The Worldloppet Marathon Series.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birchleggings Club Bylaws

The Birchleggings Club Bylaws are now available on the right side bar of our website. You can also click on this link to get your copy.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Member Information and Available Clothing Updated!


The Birchleggings Club Members, Rank, and Demographics have all been updated. See the links below and download the latest information as of March 2014!

Additionally the Birchleggings Club Available Clothing and as been updated. See below for more information.

The picture to the left was taken on March 26, 2014 by Edward Eroe on the Classic Trail between Bodecker and Double OO going west. According to the Birkie website, as of April 4, 2014, there is still good skiing on the trail!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Birchleggings New Members as of March 2014

The listing of the new Birchleggings Club Members as of March 2014 was released today. See the Membership Lists below on our website or go to this link.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Birchleggings Club Awards Breakfast 2014 Pictures

Pictures from the 2014 Birchleggings Club Awards Breakfast on February 23, 2014 can be found on the Birchleggings Facebook Page at this link. You do not have to be a member of Facebook to view the pictures.

If you have other pictures that you would like to post from the Awards Breakfast send them to Edward Eroe, Webmaster and Social Media Coordinator. Please include the names of everyone in the photograph.

Pictured in the photograph to the left are John Kotar, Club Founder & Past President and Gale Otterholt, Club President.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Nikkerbeiner 2014 Information

Nikkerbeiner Presented By

The Wooden Ski Waxing & High-Performance Ski Experts

THE STORY In 1973, the first year of the Birkie, cross country skiers were sporting the best athletic gear of the day--knickers, wooden skis, and bamboo poles. For the second year, you can re-live that era by participating in the Birkie “Nikkerbeiner.” This retro 5K ski tour on wooden skis has been named after the Norwegian word for knickers. This event will take place on Main Street, Hayward, at 2:15 p.m., Friday, February 21st. The event will start just prior to the Family Fun Ski 5K/10K.

RACE COURSE & TIMING  The Nikkerbeiner will start on historic, snow-covered Main Street in downtown Hayward, WI (the finish for the Birkie on Saturday), follow a 5K course, and then finish back on Main Street. The Nikkerbeiner is an un-timed event. This is a family event for anyone that can comfortably ski 5 kilometers. Put on some wooden skis and have fun!

COSTUME CONTEST & PRIZES!    Wooden skis are a must, but from there it's up to you. Go as retro as you can. Tell us about the “old school” equipment and clothing you will be using for the event. This will give our announcer great commentary while you ski and help us select the best retro outfits at the finish line. When you register on-line, be sure to fill out the section about what you will be wearing and what equipment you will be using. You may win a prize based on your equipment’s story as told by you when you advance register, prior to Thursday 4:00pm.  Prizes are to be awarded at the finish line. Prize details coming soon! 

Again, wooden skis are required for this event. If you have bamboo poles and knickers, great. If not, use what you have or can borrow and join your fellow "Nikkerbeiners" for this fun event celebrating 42 years of Birkie!

BIBS & BIB PICK-UP  Bring your own bib! You are welcome and encouraged to wear your oldest Birkie bib or your favorite bib. And, your bib can be a part of your story. If you do not have a bib, we will supply you with one at the check-in tent near the start line between NOON and 2 p.m. on Friday, February 21st.

COST   $10 per skier. Registration now open and is on-line at www.birkie.com   Select the Events tab and pick NIKKERBEINER. 

PARKING AT RACE START  - There is parking along the side streets near Main Street and at various free, public parking areas in downtown Hayward. Expect to walk a few blocks at most.

Start Time:  2:15 p.m., Friday, February 21st.

Location:    Main Street - Hayward, WI



Please contact the Birkie Office with any questions a birkie@birkie.com or 715-634-5025

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Birchleggings Bib and Pin Holder!

A Birchleggings Bib and Pin Holder is now available through the Birchleggings Club, Inc. See information at the bottom of the website for details and ordering information. The holder is made by the Mark Blaskey Metal Studio

Monday, January 20, 2014

Membership and Dues

Membership in the Birchleggings Club is available to all skiers who have completed at least 20 American Birkebeiner ski races. For convenience (and some savings), dues can now be paid for more than one year.

Dues-paying members can receive discounts on gear at some Hayward area retailers.

See the Membership section on this page for all the details.