Eight Events to Choose From 5k to 100K Ultra Marathon!

The eight Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek events feature the best sections of the famous Birkie Trail and single-track sections of the CAMBA trail system. This an event that is perfect for runners looking to break free from the roads, it is a great crossover and introduction to trail running. The Birkie Trail has a wide, grass covered, level surface, and the single-track is smooth and fast. But don’t make any mistake, this is a 100% trail race, with the famous Birkie hills, making for a challenging race for even veteran trail runners. Hammer it or cover your favorite distance at a recreational pace. Either way, this event has a great, friendly vibe, awesome vendor fair, a finish-line party with local north woods fare, Birkie Brew-Ski craft beer on tap, live music, on-site camping, bonfires, and more!  Make it a weekend of fun with friends!  And, in 2017, the Birkie Trail Run Half Marathon has been selected as the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship.  If you love to run on a great trail, this is the event to put on your calendar NOW. See you in September!

2017 Birkie Trail Run Festival


ATRA event-standars-orange


Pick Your Event!

  • Ultra Marathon (100 km -62 miles)
  • Marathon (25.8 miles)
  • 3 Person Marathon Relay
  • 6 Person Marathon Relay
  • Half Marathon(12.4 miles) – 2017 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship
  • Nordic Trek (10 mile walk with poles)
  • 5 Km Run/Walk
  • 1 Km for Kids – FREE!

All events start and finish near the big expo tent at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead located on Highway 63, 2.4 miles north of Seeley, WI.
The Marathon, Marathon Relay, and Half Marathon all include sections of Birkie Trail and CAMBA Singletrack!

Register Online until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29th or in person at the Birkie Trail Run Vendor Fair 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—there is no race-day registration.  Team Relay registration closes on Wednesday, September 27th at 11:59 p.m.

Individual Events

 Through 3/303/31 thru 6/296/30 thru 8/108/11 thru 9/149/15 thru 9/29
100 km Ultra Marathon$85$95$105$115$125
Half Marathon$65$75$85$95$105
Trek - 10 miles$45$55$65$75$80
5 Km Run/Walk$20$20$25$35$40
5 km Ages 12 and Under$10$10$10$10$10
1 km Kids Dash (9 and Under)FREEFREEFREEFREEFREE

Relay Events

Relay Teams will be placed in six categories; Women, Men, Mixed, 40+ Women; 40+ Men; 40+ Mixed. Enter as a Women, Men, or Mixed team and we’ll place you in the appropriate category based on age on race day.

The Team Captain must register and pay for the team.  Each team member must register individually under the same Team Captain and Team Name to be issued the Team’s bib number.
3-Person Teams must have 2 or 3 team members; Mixed Teams must have one member of each sex.
6-Person Teams must have 4 to 6 team members; Mixed Teams must have two members of each sex.
Relay Teams need a high-clearance vehicle for accessing the aid stations where the exchanges take place.

 Through 3/303/31 thru 6/296/30 to 8/108/11 to 9/149/14 thru 9/27
3-Person Marathon Relay (2 or 3 runners)$100$120$135
6-Person Marathon Relay (4 to 6 runners)$200

Age Restrictions

Participants in the Half Marathon must be 13 years old or older by September 30, 2017.
Marathon and Ultra Participants must be 18 years old or older by September 30, 2017.

2017 USATF Half Marathon Championship

The Birkie Trail Run Half Marathon, part of the Birkie Trail Run Festival weekend of events, has been selected as the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship in 2017 by USA Track & Field, the national governing body.

Click Here to Read the Announcement


Travel and Lodging

North Woods Get Away

The Birkie Trail Run Events start and finish at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead, located in 12.5 miles north of Hayward, WI, the “Gateway to the Historic Northwoods” and 5 miles south of the town of Cable, WI. Within driving distance from Duluth, MN 1:20, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 2:40, Madison, WI 4:50, and Chicago, IL 7:00.


Pitch your tent or park your camper within sight of the start/finish! Camping is available at Birkie Ridge on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th, for $10 per night.

There will be portable toilets, water,and community fire pit available. No generators or pets allowed at the campground.

Pre-register online or at bib pick-up until 7 pm on Friday.
Check-in and register on site from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, & at bib pick-up on Saturday.
Check-out is by 12-noon Sunday.

Click Here to register for Camping at Birkie Ridge Trailhead
For information contact birkie@birkie.com.

Lodging Options Are Available from the Regional Tourism Offices

Hayward Lakes Visitor & Convention Bureau

Sawyer County, WI, USA
800-724-2992 or 715-634-4801

Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce

800-724-2992 or 715-634-8662

Cable Area Chamber of Commerce


Rice Lake Tourism

800-523-6318 or 715-234-8888
www.ricelakewis.com/lodging/hotels-motels/ Free Shuttle Service Available

Ashland Chamber of Commerce


Race Day


Saturday, September 30 — Race Day Schedule

ALL EVENTS Start and Finish at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead

5:30 amUltra Marathon Start
6:30 amBib Pick Up Opens
8:00 amMarathon Start
8:30 amMarathon Relay Start
9:00 amTrek Kick Off
10:00 amHalf Marathon Start
10:30 am5 km Start
11:00 amPost Race Party Begins
11:30 amKid's Warm Up Games & 1 km Race
12:00 pmOverall Marathon, Relay, Half Marathon, and 5 km Awards Ceremony
1:00 pmAge-group awards for Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5 km
3:00 pmFinal Marathon Finishers
8:00 pmUltra Overall Awards
11:00 pmFinal Ultra Finishers

Getting to the Start

All of the races will start and finish at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead, 2.4 miles north of Seeley WI on Highway 63. There is ample parking at Birkie Ridge, please enter the southern entrance and exit the north entrance.

Aid Stations

There are three Aid Stations locations for the Birkie Trail Runs, most are used twice, depending on the race.  All participants should plan to carry their own supplies between stations.

Each aid station staffed with friendly volunteers too help you refuel and with any medical assistance. They will be supplied with water, Nuun Drink, GU Gels, fruit, and cookies.

Relay Teams

3-Person Teams must have 2 or 3 runners and may exchange at any of the 5 exchange zones at the Marathon aid stations.
6 Person Teams must have 4 to 6 runners and may exchange at any of the 5 exchange zones at the Marathon aid stations.
The exchanges are executed by the passing of a slap bracelet which will be given to the team leader at bib pick up.
All members of the relay team will be given a bib with the same number, the runner of the final leg must wear the bib with the affixed timing chip.
All members of a 40+ team must be 40 years old or older on September 30, 2017.
3-Person Mixed teams must have at least one member of each sex on their team.
6-Person Mixed teams must have at least two members of each sex on their team.
The exchange zone at the Seeley Fire Tower Aid Station is only accessed via a minimum maintenance forest road, it can only be accessed with a high clearance vehicle.

Ultra Marathon Support

Ultra marathon participants may have drop bags transported to aid stations. All drop bags must have the runners name and the name of the aid station clearly marked on them. Bags must be brought to the pre-race meeting on Friday evening. Drop bag service will not be offered for any other race distances.

Click here for details and directions for Ultra crews.

Pacers will be allowed from Hatchery Aid Station to the finish.


No Headphones on course please.

Please … No Dogs at Event

To assure the safety of all participants and spectators, no pets or strollers are allowed on the course. Pets are also not allowed anywhere on the event grounds, including the course, start / finish line area, tent, and food and spectator areas. Pets must be confined it to the parking area at Birkie Ridge.

Cut-Off Times

12:00 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - NorthboundMarathon
1:00 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - SouthboundMarathon
2:15 pmFire Tower Aid StationMarathon/Half Marathon/Trek
3:00 pmBirkie Ridge - Finish
Marathon/Half Marathon/Trek
4:30 pmBoedecker Aid Station -NorthboundUltra
6:00 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - NorthboundUltra
7:30 pmTelemark Trails Aid StationUltra
9:30 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - SouthboundUltra
11:00 pmBirkie Ridge - FinishUltra

Drop Outs

If you are dropping out of the race, please report to an Aid Station Chief or at the Finish.


Ultra runners will need a light for at least a portion of the race. Sunrise is it at 6:50 am and sunset at 7:00 pm. Unless you plan on finishing long before sunset, you should plan on having access to a light. Runners will not be allowed to leave an aid station after 5:00 pm without a light.


The most popular spectator points are near the Aid Stations. These are the only location where the courses are near roads. See the Google Map of Birkie Trail Run Events for locations. If you are planning to cheer on a runner at an aid station, please keep away from the immediate are around the workers. The Fire Tower Aid Station is on a very rough road and is only accessible by a vehicle with high clearance.

Celebrate The Run - Two Post-Race Parties


Post-Race BBQ & Dance—in the Big Tent!

All race participants can enjoy a post-race picnic lunch provided by the Corner Deli and their first Birkie Brew-Ski ale  included with their entry. Friends and family can purchase a meal for $5. There will be doughnut holes and chocolate milk available for the kid’s after their race.
Dance your Cool Down! You can work off the lactic acid by dancing to the live music in the tent after the race!

Saturday Night Celebration at Rivers Eatery

Join us at Rivers Eatery in Cable  for an evening celebration. Rivers is one the finest hang-outs on the trails, famous for good pizza, good beer, and good people. Share your race stories and enjoy live music at the the party. The Ultra Award Ceremony is at 8:00 pm.  All ultra runners will get a coupon for a meal at Rivers after their race.





Title Sponsor



Dr. Carlson
Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Marathon Relay

Presenting Sponsor
Half Marathon
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100K Ultra
Corner Deli
Presenting Sponsor 5K
& Post-Race BBQ and Beverage



Hayward Coffee Company
Marketplace Foods
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Vendor Fair

Check out our new Birkie Vendor Fair with great gear, clothing, and more while you wait for your friends and family to cross the finish line and dig into the post-race BBQ from The Corner Deli. Find your favorite part of the festival at this year’s Birkie Trail Run!

  • Salomon
  • FITS
  • Hydro Flask
  • Bjorn Daehlie
  • Gear West
  • Bliz Eyewear
  • Bergans of Norway
  • Altra Running Shoes
  • Julbo Eyewear
  • Skratch Labs
  • Riverbrook Bike & Ski
  • Mainstream Boutique
  • The Corner Deli — at Cenex
  • Hayward Coffee Company
  • Birkie Store