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Spirits of the Birkie

Spirits of the Birkie

by Jayleen Wilke My most memorable/touching Birkie story doesn’t necessarily come from the race itself but from an encounter at the Vikings Feast after the big race. After 6 years of doing the Birkie Lite, in 2017, I thought it was finally time to go to the feast and...

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Half Moon Birkie?

Half Moon Birkie?

by Dana Mauer By now, you've heard of the Full Moon Birkie,....the fantastic night of skiing at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot, organized by the Canadian Birkibeiner Society.  But have you heard of the Half Moon Birkie? It was a very icy year for the Canadian Birkie in 2012....

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Justice on the Ski Trail

Justice on the Ski Trail

by James Brohman When I met my wife she did not know how to X-C ski and I came from a racing background (bad combination)! Many a tears of frustration were shed on the trails out at Blackfoot trying to keep up and not hold me back (my most dreaded question from Lori...

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Ski Lessons – Who needs them?

Ski Lessons – Who needs them?

by Tammy Fedun My introduction to the sport of cross country skiing came a few years ago through a friend’s invitation to an annual spring event at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre called the “Pastry Ski.”  My friend said we’d  ski a little, eat a little. This sounded...

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14 year old completes 55 km with Pack

14 year old completes 55 km with Pack

by Vaughn Scalia What is your cross country ski background? I've been with Edmonton Nordic for 8 years now (at the time, 6 years), and my family has been cross country skiing casually since I was born. When we moved from Calgary to Edmonton I started racing in...

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Kilometre Thirty-Nine

Kilometre Thirty-Nine

by Ken Sloman There may be more stories per skier about the Canadian Birkebeiner than Birkies skied. Enthusiasm is Contagious.       Following the Birkie during the morning-after work break, I heard and vicariously imagined the misfortune or success of five colleagues...

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Not Just Another Birkie

Not Just Another Birkie

by Phil Dunn After 30 other full length Birkebeiners, I thought there would be nothing new. Think again, Phil. In late October, after steadily declining in strength and endurance, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. All I could do was sleep. On chemotherapy right away, I...

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Letter to Joe

Letter to Joe

by Phil Dunn   July 13, 2015 (Nephew) Joe Milne Fellow Haakon Haakonson Recipient #1 Frozen Land, Canada Dear Joe, I’ve seen many, many doctors this year, some of them very specialized, and they all agree that I am going to die. Well, more on that later. With...

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Fast Trax saves the day

Fast Trax saves the day

by Brad Hardstaff During the 2010 Birkie, a few cm of early morning snow made for a last-minute waxing nightmare. To make things even more challenging, I was among the first 200 or so skiers forced to scramble over the Elk Island fence before the massive gate was...

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