Wisconsin footrace hospitable to Nordic Walkers
If this blog hadn’t been in “time out” for days — not for misbehaving but for a redesign — I would have posted a reminder about today’s (that is, September 25) Birkie Trek in time for people to actually sign up – though I am sure that every Nordic Walker within reach of this race through the Wisconsin woods already knows about it and registered long ago. But it is too late for 2010, so consider this post a tribute to the event, an offshoot of a classic American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race, and the organizers and enthusiastic participants. And for Midwestern instructors who help students prepare for the 13.1-mile half-marathon and the shorter 5K fun run/walk, special kudos. You know who you are!
The Birkie Trek is a Nordic walking event where, say the organizers, the ”use of poles is suggested” — and following the suggestion, of course, makes it a Nordic Walking event. This untimed walk or jog on the beautiful American Birkebeiner Trail, is mowed, relatively smooth, hilly and challenging. The half-marathon is intended to be fun and challenging, without being competitive. All participants receive a great looking Birkie Trail Run & Trek T-shirt.
Today’s weather in Cable, Wisconsin, is forecast to be sunny and in the mid-50s — perfect for a footrace. I hope everyone is having a terrifid time, and next year, I’ll post in plenty of time for out-of-staters to register.