Each year the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation looks for three capable cross country skiers to dress as the original "Birkebeiner" warriors and Queen Inga and ski the 54 kilometers Birkebeiner Classic from Cable to Hayward, WI, on traditional wooden skis and in full period costume provided by the Birkie.
Inga will ski either the 54-kilometer Classic Birkie or 23-kilometer Kortelopet before meeting up with the Birkie warriors and baby Prince Haakon at the finish line on Main Street in Hayward.
The Warriors & Inga group will serve as "ambassadors on the trail," encouraging both skiers and volunteers along the way. The warriors will carry a baby doll along the course until Main Street where they will pick up a real infant "Prince" before skiing the last two blocks with Inga to the finish line.
"This tradition has become one of the highlights of the whole Birkie experience for participants and spectators alike," says Ben Popp, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. "Find a few friends or do it as a family. It will complete your Birkie experience."
Ski the Birkie (or Korte) for Race Credit
If you ski as a Warrior or Inga, you will receive credit for completing the race.
Free Entry the Following Year
Each member of the winning group will also receive a free 2015 Birkie or Korte race entry for the following year.
Darald Bothun, Barry Knapp, and Kristin Bothun
Marv Franson, Gale Gotterholt, and Gretchen Lindgren
David Nelson, Mark Nelson, and Josie Nelson