Paul Thompson, President & Birkie Green Chair
Bob Britz, Vice President & Fundraising Chair
Jim Tenorio, Secretary
Dave Balsiger, Treasurer
Ralph Bovard, Board Member
Steve Carmazon, Membership Chair
I have been blessed to have been able to ski and finish every Birkie since 1975 and have skied in 9 states, and 4 countries, and one other World Loppet race. I have been a massage therapist since 1987, a US Cross Country Ski Team Therapist at the World Nordic Ski Championships, Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1995, and in 1997, for several Olympic hopefuls at Cross Country Ski Olympic Trials, Lake Placid, New York, prior to 1998 the Nagano Winter Olympics. I am one of 3 skiers to be the first to contiguously ski the 106-mile Luce Line Trail across Minnesota in 1975, prior to my first Birkie. I am especially grateful for the many nearly lifetime friends I’ve made because of the Birkie! Jim Haubrich, Board Member
Connie Meek, Board Member
David Rhude, Board Member
My first Birkie was in 1980 when I was asked by a medical school colleague if I would like to go up north and do a little skiing in the north woods. I didn’t quite understand what I was in for, a trek from Hayward to Telemark, but I was hooked. I’ve skied 26 Birkies and 4 Korties since, missing a few years due to work schedules and a troublesome knee. I’ve skied 5 of the World Loppet events, hopefully a few more in the next couple of years.
The American Birkebeiner has become a very important part of my calendar. I’m looking forward to helping support the ABSF and the Birchleggings community for years to some. I also look forward to help motivate and chase the warriors, princess and Prince Haakon into Hayward this coming season.