Birchleggings Club Donates Proceeds of Three Birkie Trail Markers to the Tony Wise Museum! Membership Lists Updated with 2016 Information!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Help Build the Tony Wise Museum's Scrapbook!

A nifty feature in the Museum will be an electronic scrapbook (viewed on a large touch-screen). Visitors will be able to see, year-by-year, race photos, videos, the year’s poster and bibs, the winners’ photos and times, weather, race anecdotes, and more.

We invite Birkebeiner and Kortelopet enthusiasts to help us compile photos and other information on Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the ABSF headquarters in Hayward. We have slides and photos that need detective work (location or year, for example, and Birchleggings skiers will be especially helpful with this), printed materials to categorize and select, and photo captions to be written. As Ben Popp likes to say, “it takes a village.” We need at least a neighborhood to join in on this compendium of all things Birkebeiner.

Be part of our history! Please RSVP (we’ll provide lunch) to or call the ABSF at 715-634-5025.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Birchleggings Club Donates Proceeds of Three Birkie Trail Markers to the Tony Wise Museum

The Tony Wise Museum has once again benefited from the Birchleggings Club.

During the Awards Banquet on February 21, 2016 we auctioned three original trail kilometer markers, mounted on a nifty plaque with a certificate of authenticity.

The result of the auction was a donation of $2,250 to be used directly for the Tony Wise Museum’s exhibits. This donation, along with a previous $2,000 from our club and contributions from individual Birchleggings skiers, brings the total donated to the museum near $30,000!

A big thanks to all the Birchleggers that contributed to this great effort!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Membership Lists Updated

The Birchleggings Membership Lists have been updated with 2016 information. See the Membership Lists section of the website.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Support Fellow Birchlegger, Paul Thompson, in the Cool Planet Skiers Initiative on Climate Change!

Cool Planet Skiers Converge on the Birkie

Feb 18-21, 2016- Cable to Hayward Wisconsin

Cool Planet Skiers (CPS) will be skiing in the 43rd running of North America’s largest Cross Country Ski Event, the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon on Saturday February 20.

CPS  with partners I AM PRO SNOW and Citizens’ Climate Lobby are forming a coalition of Climate Solutions and Winter and Snow Protection organizations. They will be hosting a booth at the Birkie Expo in the Hayward,  High School Gym Thursday 2/18  from 1-8 pm and Friday 2/19 from 9 am-8 pm signing up skiers to be Cool Planet Skiers, pledge their support for the  100% Committed project of I AM PRO SNOW, and building the network of CCL chapters around the country (now over 300) to propose federal legislation (Carbon Fee and Dividend) to price carbon pollution at its’ source and return all collected fees to American households.

Paul Thompson of Edina MN the founder of Cool Planet Skiers and Birchlegging Member (skiers with over 20 Birkies completed) says:

“Having completed 35 Birkies I have seen the struggles our ski community deals with all over our country and world with consistent winter weather. We attended the recent Paris Climate Conference and the agreement made there now gives us the starting point to take local action to cut our emissions and to implement the new technologies available that can drive our economy toward climate and snow friendly policies. All that is missing is the political will and skiers are in the crosshairs of this opportunity.”

Please join us at the Cool Planet Skiers booth at the Birkie Expo, visit our web site and follow the action at our facebook page as skiers and their famlies tell us why they are “Pro Snow”

For more information or to schedule an interview contact Paul Thompson at or 612-810-4664

Membership Drive Drawings Winners 2016!

The following Birchleggings Club members have won prizes in our random drawing:

Marty Mattes –     2016 Raceday Parking Pass
Ralph Thornton – 2016 Raceday Parking Pass

Choice of Birchlegger T-Shirt, Ski Hat or Ball Cap

William Butsic
Bob Walsh
Todd Ostrander
Mark Gherty
Dale Janz
Vic LaPort
Dick Roeber
Jon Mommaerts
Gary Herdrich
Timothy Klima
Erik Minge
Jeff Pike
John Heimsch
Per Johnsen
Bruce Harshberger

Congratulations  !

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Birchleggings Club 2016 Annual Awards Breakfast Meeting - February 21, 2016

The Birchleggings Club 2016 Annual Awards Breakfast Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2016 at The Steakhouse & Lodge in Hayward, Wisconsin from 09:00-11:00am!

The address is:

15860 T Bone Lane
Hayward, WI 54843
GPS Coordinates: 46.002364, -91.486133
(off of Route 27 South of Hayward)

Phone Number: 715-934-4411

The Breakfast Price is $10 payable at the door.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner Partners with Birchleggings Club for Museum Exhibitions

This was just published in the December Holiday Edition of the American Birkebeiner Carpe Skiem.

Gale Otterholt, Birchleggings Club President, Tom Rowley, Vice President, and John Kotar, Board Member and Birkie Founder present ABSF Executive Director Ben Popp with a check for $2,000 for exhibits at the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner. The Club has joined forces with ABSF to raise money for the Museum in a unique way that will help the Club grow and build support for the museum.

For more than 15 years the Birchleggings Club has worked with the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation to honor skiers at the Birchleggers Sunday Breakfast with awards for 20, 30 and 40 years of racing. Additionally, the Club provides the Tony Wise Award in recognition of contributions to the growth and success of the race, and has provided the funds for the warming hut at Mosquito Brook Road. Now the Club has another feather in its (ski) cap: a $2,000 gift to the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner, scheduled to open in 2016. “I am proud and excited that the Birchleggings Club can be part of this project,” said Gale Otterholt, Club President. “It meshes with our mission so well, which in part is to enhance the race traditions of the American Birkebeiner.”

In addition to the Club’s gift, the Club’s Board of Directors has been involved in an effort to seek individual gifts for the Museum from all skiers who have skied twenty or more Birkebeiners. As an incentive, donors of $100 or more – called Museum Founders – will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the Club. “This is a win-win for all of us,” continued Otterholt. “Our Club is growing with a significant number of new members, Club members are renewing their membership early, and we’re getting in on the ground floor of something big – a museum that will honor our race and its legacy.”

Those who took advantage of the complimentary membership offer will be included in the Club’s own membership drive incentives, which includes drawings for prizes, including race-day parking passes. In early November, letters were sent to all skiers who’ve completed 20 or more Birkebeiners. Please contact the ABSF (715-634-5025) if you did not receive a letter, or need a replacement or other information. Contributions may be made at In addition to the aforementioned perks, Museum Founders will be permanently recognized in the Museum, and receive a nifty plaque, a nice addition to those twenty, thirty, and forty year awards in one’s trophy case.

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