Back by popular demand is the annual Barkie Birkie. This year there will be both a 5K and 3K Skijoring Race. This event is a great opportunity for skiers and spectators to enjoy the sport of Skijoring and for the dogs to show off their "Barkie Fever"!
Skijoring combines cross country skiing with dog power. The skier is attached to his/her dog with a belt and towline. The dog then runs ahead as the skier skis. Skijoring is a team sport which allows both human and canine counterparts to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.
Skijoring is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving. The sport has been around for hundreds of years and originally started using reindeer and wooden skis. The sport also uses horses, but dogs are now the most common animal used in skijoring.
Most medium size dogs (30 pounds and up) who are trained properly can be candidates for skijoring.
Skiers must be at least 13 years old on race day and the race is limited to 70 teams.
The race starts on Hayward's Main Street and heads west to 6th Street. The course then turns left onto 6th Street and right onto the fields behind the Hayward Primary School.
From there a large loop circles the Hayward Golf Course. At the completion of the loop the 5K Skijorers will ski a second lap of the same loop. The 3K Skijorers will complete only one lap on the golf course. After completing the required number of laps racers retrace their route back to 6th Street, turn right on Main Street, finishing at the start area.
Many ski shops and outdoor shops can help you fit and purchase skijoring equipment.
Skiers may skijor on the Seeley Hills Trails, Seeley, Wisconsin. From County OO take old Hwy OO to the trailhead.
Date: Friday - February 21, 2014
Times: 10:00 a.m. Expert 5K
10:35 a.m. Sport 3K
Location: Starting near Sophie's Dog Bakery on Hayward's Main Street.
Event Limited to 70 Teams
_ The 5K is for fast, experienced teams that can finish a 5K race in 25 minutes or less.
_ The 3K is for novice, slower, or inexperienced teams that can compete a 3K race in 40 minutes or less.
Event sponsor, Dr. Tim's, gives an 8-pound bag of dog food to each participant of the Barkie Birkie. The winners of the event will receive a 35-pound bag.
Entry Fee: $30
All proceeds benefit the Northwoods Humane Society
The Birkie Cabin on the corner of Hayward's Main Street
7:30 to 8:30 a.m. race day, Friday, February 21.
A copy of the dog's rabies vacination certificate must be provided at
bib pick-up if it has not already been submitted to ABSF as described below.
The top three men and women in both Skijoring races--the 5K and 3K--will receive awards and all pre-registered skiers will be eligible for great raffle prizes.