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Birkebeiner Holds Trail Work Day on Classic Trail Expansion

Thu, Jul  17, 2008 - By Cherie Morgan

Construction of the final 11K segment of the American Birkebeiner Classic Trail continues to progress on schedule which will allow it to be ready for the 2009 Birkie cross county ski race next February. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will host a Birkie Trail workday on Saturday, July 19, 2008, from 9 a.m. to Noon.

“Birkie skiers, volunteers and supporters are invited to bring a water bottle, gloves, loppers, protective eyewear and energy for a half-day on the trail,” said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. “We’ll meet at the Birkie Trail Crossing at Cty. Hwy. OO at 9 a.m.”

Zuelsdorff said volunteers will remove rocks and roots from the new section of the Birkebeiner Classic Trail.

Construction of the Birkie Classic Trail’s final segment, from the Fire Tower to Cty. OO, began on May 5. Currently the logging has been completed and half of the 11K section has been bulldozed. Volunteers have begun cutting and removing roots and rocks in preparation of seeding and mulching the new trail.

“In addition to the Trail Word Day on Saturday, July 19th, we also meet every Wednesday night from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. to work on the trail.” said Zuelsdorff. “Those interested in volunteering can contact the Birkie Office at 715/634-5025, birkie@birkie.com or visit the web site, http://www.birkie.com to stay informed and inquire about the weekly trail work location.”

Zuelsdorff said summer trail work is a critical component in preparing for the 36th anniversary of the American Birkebeiner, which kicks off with the Birkie Trail Run on Saturday, September 20, 2008, and culminates with the American Birkebeiner cross country ski races on Saturday, February 21, 2009.

“We rely on volunteers throughout the year to help with a variety of tasks. Trail work is just one way you can get involved, there are many more. If you would like to learn more about volunteering please give us a call.”

For more information on the Birkie Trail Workday, volunteer opportunities or American Birkebeiner races and events, log on to http://www.birkie.com or call 715/634-5025.