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Friday, January 13, 2023

Jessie Diggins Autographed Bibs To Be Auctioned During Birkie Week

Birkie Green

The Birchleggings Club (BLC) is embarking on a major effort to support the Birkie Green initiative to reduce waste and carbon emissions for American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) operations.

 

In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Birkie in 2024, the BLC is raising funds to purchase a Taiga “Nomad” Electric Snowmobile to donate to ABSF for trail use and filming the lead groups during the women’s and men’s Birkie without filling the trail with fuel emissions. See photo below.

 

Testimonial from Jessie Diggins, Olympic X-C Skiing Top Medalist for the USA

“As an athlete, following a gas-powered vehicle filming the lead pack is harmful to both my lungs and to the planet. I highly encourage EV snow machines to be used at race venues whenever possible to reduce the breathing issues for the athletes and to cut down emissions.”

 
Jessie Diggins, X-C Ski Legend

 

Jessie Diggins is the USA’s most-decorated world-class cross-country skier of all time. She is the first US Nordic racer ever to win an Olympic gold medal, obtained in the team sprint with Kikkan Randall, at PyeongChang in 2018. She won individual silver and bronze medals at Beijing in 2022. Her FIS Nordic World Ski Championship record includes four medals from 2013 to 2017. Jessie was the first American to take the top spot in the women’s overall standings of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup for the 2020-21 season. She took top honors in the 2008 and 2009 Kortelopet skate races. The Kortelopet wins and coming from her home in Afton, Minnesota make her accomplishments even more heartwarming for Birkie enthusiasts.

 

One (or more) of Jessie’s Race Bibs Could Be Yours

Jessie Diggins has autographed and donated a few of her World Cup bibs and a Birkie Bib to the BLC to help raise funds for the electric snowmobile. These one-of-a-kind, and frankly, historic, bibs will be auctioned for sale during Birkie Week #49. Proceeds will be used toward purchase of the Taiga Nomad Electric Snowmobile by the BLC to be given to ABSF.

 

 

 

 

Auction Schedule

Live auction:

Birkie Bash

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 5:30 pm

Steakhouse & Lodge, Hayward, WI

Silent Auction:

Birchleggings Club Booth at the Birkie Expo - Hayward High School

Birkie Green Booth at the Birkie Expo

Thursday, February 23 & Friday, February 24, 2023

 

Birchleggings Club Annual Breakfast

Sunday, February 26, 2023, 9:00 am

Steakhouse & Lodge, Hayward, WI

 

 

If you prefer just making a monetary donation in support of the Tiaga Nomad Electric Snowmobile project, please go to the Birchleggings Club, Inc. Donation Page.



 

 


Birchleggings Club - Birkie Bib Bag Project

Birkie Green

The Birchleggings Club (BLC) is embarking on a major effort to support the Birkie Green initiative to reduce waste and carbon emissions for American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) operations.

 

In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Birkie in 2024, the BLC is raising funds to purchase a Taiga “Nomad” Electric Snowmobile to donate to ABSF for trail use and filming the lead groups during the women’s and men’s Birkie without filling the trail with fuel emissions.

 

Testimonial from Jessie Diggins, Olympic X-C Skiing Top Medalist for the USA

 "As an athlete, following a gas-powered vehicle filming the lead pack is harmful to both my lungs and to the planet. I highly encourage EV snow machines to be used at race venues whenever possible to reduce the breathing issues for the athletes and to cut down emissions."

 

Birkie Bib Bag Project

A simple way that nearly anyone can support Birkie Green and the electric snowmobile purchase is through the Birkie Bib Bag (BBB) project. Used Birkie race bibs from 2013 or later are being collected and converted into re-usable shopping bags.


These bags are strong, lightweight, and much more compact than traditional re-useable bags. Proceeds from the sales of these BBB’s will support Birkie Green initiatives, promote the Birkebeiner all year long while you are shopping, and… used bibs will be kept out of the landfill!

 

How to Participate

Purchase a Birkie Bib Bag:

Bib Bags will be available for purchase at the Birchleggings Club booth and the Birkie Green booth during the Birkie Expo on Thursday and Friday of race week.

 

Bags will also be available at the BLC Annual Awards Breakfast on Sunday morning after the Birkie.

 

You can also purchase bibs right now for $20, (shipping included) by contacting:

 

Jim Tenorio at tenorioj@uwstout.edu or Paul Thompson at paul@coolplanetmn.org

 

Donate your used bib(s) for us to re-sell:

Bibs (from Birkie/Korte races 2013 or later) can be dropped off at the Birkie office in Hayward, WI, or can be sent to:

 

Paul Thompson, President

Birchleggings Club

4244 Crocker Ave.

Edina, MN 55416

 

If you prefer just making a monetary donation in support of the Tiaga Nomad Electric Snowmobile project, please go to the Birchleggings Club, Inc. Donation Page.


Have your own bib(s) made into a bag(s) for you to keep: If you would like your used bib(s) to be made into a BBB and returned to you, send your bib(s) to Paul Thompson at the address above along with a check, payable to Birchleggings Club, for $20 for each bib and your return address. No charge for return postage to you!

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