The genesis and purpose for the Birchleggings Club is from a letter that was written by John Kotar, one of the Birkie Founders, to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Board of Directors on November 8, 1992. Using the Founders Group as a nucleus the idea was to create an organization that would remain after all the original founders were gone or no longer participating in the American Birkebeiner ski race by recognizing all those skiers who completed 20 Birkebeiner races (not necessarily in consecutive order).
The Founders felt that the Birchleggings Club would be a strong promoter of continued participation in the American Birkebeiner and would contribute toward enhancement of the rich traditions that mark the Birkie as a unique skiing event in not only North America but the world! As an incentive to continue skiing the Birkie and become a member of the Birchleggings Club the following benefits were extended to club members:
- 1. A special Award Upon Completion of 20 American Birkebeiner Races
- 2. A Distinct Purple and Gold Bib To Be Worn in The 20th and Subsequent Races (30th Year Birchleggings Members will Now Wear a Gold and Purple
- Reverse Color Bib)