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 and a finish-line party with local food and craft beer on tap from the Cabin Stop of Hayward. If you love to run great trail, this is the event to put on your calendar NOW. See you in October!

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The Birkie Trail Run follows the ATRA Event Standards

Registration

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)
  • 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 8:00 p.m. on Friday September 30th or in person at the Birkie Trail Run Expo 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.—there is no race-day registration

Individual Events

 Through 3/314/1 thru 6/307/1 thru 8/319/1 thru 9/289/29 thru 9/30
100 km Ultra Marathon$80$90$100$110$120
Marathon$70$80$90$100$110
Half Marathon$60$70$80$90$100
Trek - 10 miles$45$55$65$75$80
5 Km Run/Walk$30$35$40$45$50
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 3/314/1 thru 6/307/1 thru 8/319/1 thru 9/28
3-Person Marathon Relay (2 or 3 runners)$120$135$150

$165
6-Person Marathon Relay (4 to 6 runners)$240$270$300$330

Age Restrictions

Participants in the Half Marathon must be 13 years old or older by October 1, 2016.
Marathon and Ultra Participants must be 18 years old or older by October 1, 2016.

Bib Pick-Up

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at the Birkie Trail Run Expo 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • No race day registration – Registration for Individual races is available Online or in person at the Expo until 8:00 p.m.
  • All Relay Teams must be registered by Wednesday, September 28th.
  • All Ultra Runners must pick up their bib on Friday – No race morning bib pick up for Ultra Marathon

Friday, Sept 30 6:00 p.m. — Ultra marathon pre-race briefing at the Birkie Office

Saturday, October 1st in the Expo Tent beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Event Schedule

5:30 AMUltra Marathon Start
6:30 AMBib Pick Up Opens
8:00 AMMarathon Start
8:30 AMMarathon Relay Start
9:00 AMTrek Start
10:00 AMHalf Marathon Start
10:30 AM5 km Start
11:00 AMPost Race Party Begins
11:30 AMKid's Warm Up & 1 km Race
12:00 PMOverall Marathon, Relay, Half Marathon, and 5 km Awards Ceremony
12:30 PMAge-group awards for Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5 km
3:00 PMFinal Marathon Finishers
8:00 PMParty and Ultra Champion Awards
11:00 PMFinal Ultra Finishers

Travel and Lodging

Northwoods 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.

Camping

Pitch your tent or park your camper within sight of the start/finish! Camping is available at Birkie Ridge on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, for a $10 per night. There will be portable toilets, water,and community fire pit available.
No generators or pets allowed at the campground.
Pre-register until Thursday, September 29 at 11:00 pm.
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 info@haywardlakes.com www.haywardlakes.com

Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce 800-724-2992 or 715-634-8662, www.haywardareachamber.com

Cable Area Chamber of Commerce 800-533-7454 www.cable4fun.com

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

Ashland Chamber of Commerce 800-284-9484 www.visitashland.com

Course Info

Maps and Elevation Profiles

Google Map of 2016 Birkie Trail Run Events

Marathon & Marathon Relay Course Map

Marathon Course Profile with Relay Legs

Half Marathon Course Map

Half Marathon Course Profile

Nordic Trek Course Map

5K Course Map

5K Course Profile

The Ultra course utilizes all of the marathon course plus two additional loops. The Ultra Southern Addition departs and rejoins the marathon course at mile 6. Then follows the marathon course to mile 16 where the Ultra Northern Section departs and rejoin and follows the final 10 miles of the marathon course to the finish.

Marathon & Relay Presented by Brent Carlson, MD and FITS

The individual Marathon and the Marathon Relay are held on the same, single loop course, starting and finishing at the Birkie Ridge trail head, and features the best of the rolling hills of the Birkie Trail and three sections of CAMBA single-track. There are 5 aid stations along the course. Marathon Relay teams will need a high-clearance vehicle for driving to the relay exchange locations.

Total Distance: 25.8 miles

Segments Marathon & RelayDescriptionMilesTerrain
Leg 1:

Head for the Hills!
From the start, the course goes up the Birkie Ridge Trail to Birkie Skate Trail. Then it turns south and follows the Birkie Trail to Boedecker Aid Station.3.7Get ready to channel your inner Mountain Goat. The course starts off big with 1.8 miles of steady climbing to the ridge. From there, it is rolling and downhill until you reach the (insert your favorite expletive) Boedecker Climb. The Boedecker Aid Station comes shorty after the top of, arguably, the toughest climb on the Birkie Trail.
Leg 2:

Find your Rhythm.
Continuing south from Boedecker Aid Station following Birkie Skate Trail 2.6 mi to the County Highway OO trail head. Here the course crosses over to the Birkie Classic Trail and heads back north to your second stop at the Boedecker Aid Station.5.8This leg starts out with 1.5 miles of the flattest section of the course. After the flats, the course is rolling down hill until the OO climb. At the crossover,the course profile reverses it self. It heads back down the OO climb on the Classic Trail, followed by a steep climb and then 2 miles of rolling flats back to Boedecker.
Leg 3:

Dig That Dirt
Leaving the Boedecker Aid Station the second time, continue north on Birkie Classic Trail for 0.5 miles where it turns right onto Seeley Pass Trail. Follow this single-track for 1.7 miles to where it rejoins Birkie Classic Trail and continues north 3.0 mi to the Timber Trail Aid Station.5.2Leaving the aid station, there is a small climb that is quickly followed by a steady downhill, dropping 100 feet, with a few small, steep uphills. The first 0.9 miles of single-track are part of this downhill. The last 3/4 mile of the single-track is one of the longest sustained climbs on the course, gaining 200 feet. From there, it is 2 miles back on the Birkie Trail with no major elevation change, but 5 short steep Birkie rollers.
Leg 4:

Get Your Groove On
Continue north on the Birkie Classic Trial 1.4 mi and turn left on to the Ojibwa Trail. After a half mile, left on to the North End Classic Trail for 1.4 mi. Right turn on Birkie Skate Trail heading 1.6 mi south back to Timber Trail Aid Station.5.0This leg has no major climbs or descents, but is full of classic Birkie rolling terrain. Although it doesn't look like much on paper, these small, steep climbs add up to a tough leg.
Leg 5:

Over the Top!
Leaving Timber Trail Aid Station the second time, continuing south on the Birkie Skate Trail for 0.6 mi. Turn right on to the northern section of Seeley Pass Trail. Follow this single-track for 1.9 mi, crossing one forest road, to intersect with Birkie Stake Trail again. Follow Birkie Skate 0.5 mi to Fire Tower Aid Station.3.3This leg features the climb to the high point of the course. The first mile is a steady climb with somesteeo ups and downs on the Birkie Trail,followed by a long downhill. The second climb steadily gains 200 feet to the high point at 1,730 feet above sea level. Then it is a long descent on the Birkie Trail to the aid station.
Leg 6:

Head for Home!
Continue down the Birkie Skate Trail from Fire Tower Aid Station 0.8 mi to the Birkie Ridge Trail. Turn right on Birkie Ridge Trail to the Finish!2.6The final leg features a major elevation drop to the finish. However it is no 100% downhill, there are three short steep uphill on this 360 foot drop.
Total25.6

Half Marathon Presented by Salomon

The Half Marathon is a held on a single loop course that is a shorter version of the Marathon course. It includes many of the Birkie hills and a section of CAMBA single-track. There are 3 aid stations along the course.
Total Distance: 12.4 miles

Half MarathonDescriptionMilesTerrain
Section 1:

Head for the Hills!
From the start, the course goes up the Birkie Ridge Trail to Birkie Skate Trail. Then it turns south and follows the Birkie Trail to Boedecker Aid Station.3.7Get ready to channel your inner Mountain Goat. The course starts off big with 1.8 miles of steady climbing to the ridge. From there, it is rolling and downhill until you reach the (insert your favorite expletive) Boedecker Climb. The Boedecker Aid Station comes shorty after the top of, arguably, the toughest climb on the Birkie Trail.
Section 2:

Let Yourself Go!
The course continues south from Boedecker Aid Station following the Birkie Skate Trail 0.8 miles. Here it crosses over to the Birkie Classic Trail and heads back north to your second stop at the Boedecker Aid Station.2.3Find your rhythm on this leg which is the flattest section of the Birkie Trail. There are no major elevation changes and only a few small hills.
Section 3:

Over the Top
From Boedecker Aid Station, continue north on the Birkie Classic Trail 0.5 mi, then turn right on to Seeley Pass Trail. This single-track trail winds easily for 2.6 mi, crossing two forest roads and the Birkie Classic trail. Here it intersects the Birkie Skate Trail at the high point of the course. From here, it is a quick trip down the Birkie Skate Trail to Fire Tower Aid Station .3.8

Leaving the aid station, there is a small climb that is quickly followed by a steady downhill, dropping 100 feet, with a few small, steep uphills. The first 0.9 miles of single-track are part of this downhill. The next 1.5 miles of single-track is one of the longest sustained climbs on the course, gaining 380 feet to the high point of the course. From there, it is back on to the Birkie Trail for a quick downhill to the aid station.
Section 4:

Head for Home!
Continue down the Birkie Skate Trail from Fire Tower Aid Station 0.8 mi to the Birkie Ridge Trail. Turn right on Birkie Ridge Trail to the Finish!2.6The final leg features a major elevation drop to the finish. However it is no 100% downhill, there are three short steep uphill on this 360 foot drop.
Total12.4

100 km Ultra Marathon

The Ultra is held on a single-loop course starting and finishing at the Birkie Ridge trail head. It utilizes the Marathon Course to County Highway OO road crossing, where it branches further south utilizing a 30 mile loop on the Birkie Trail, Makwa, Sugar Bush and Hatchery Creek single-track trails, and a short section on Phipps Fire Lane on its way to the southern turn around at Hatchery Park Trail head and back. It rejoins the Marathon Course for 10 miles where it branches off on a 5 mile loop of ski and single-track trails. Then it rejoins the Marathon Course for 10 more miles to the finish. There are 10 aid stations along the course.
Total Distance: 60.6 miles

Segments Ultra MarathonDescriptionMilesTerrain
Leg 1:

Head for the Hills
From the start, follow Birkie Ridge Trail up to Birkie Skate Trail. Turn south (right) and follow the Birkie Trail to Boedecker Aid Station.3.7Get ready to channel your inner Mountain Goat. The course starts off big with 1.8 miles of steady climbing to the ridge. From there, it is rolling and downhill until you reach the (insert your favorite expletive) Boedecker Climb. The Boedecker Aid Station comes shorty after the top of, arguably, the toughest climb on the Birkie Trail.
Leg 2:

Find your Rhythm
Continuing south from Boedecker Aid Station following the Birkie Skate Trail 2.9 miles to the County Highway OO Trail head. The course crosses the road, pass between the two trail head buildings and continue south to the Gravel Pit Aid Station. On this section, the course follows the Birkie and Makwa single-track trails. At each location that Makwa crosses to the west side of the Birkie trail, turn right on to Makwa and follow it until it crosses it again. All right turns on to and off of the single-track.7.9This leg begins with some of the flattest terrain on the course for the first 1.5 miles, then descends for a bit before hitting one on the major climbs to OO. After that you can find your rhythm on the Birkie Trail rollers, as the course drops nearly 400 feet. You will get a good feel of the small but steep terrain on the Birkie Trail and gentler terrain in the in single-track.
Leg 3:

Everything but the Kitchen Sink
Depart Gravel Pit Aid Station on a short section of Birkie Trail then turn right back on to long section of Makwa Trail until turning right at the intersection with the two-track trail called Trail Descent. Follow this short section to a left turn on to the Phipps Fire Lane, a gravel road. Turn left onto Whitetail Trail, an ATV Trail which brings you back onto the Birkie Trail for a short leg to Mosquito Brook Aid Station.5.9This leg has a net elevation loss. The single-track section has a steady moderate climb. The fire road is straight and level. The second single-track has lots of rollers. The Birkie Trail is mostly descent with one steep climb.
Leg 4:

Flow I
After a very short section of Birkie Trail, follow the Hatchery Creek single-track southbound to the Hatchery Park Aid Station. The course will cross Birkie Trail a few times in this section, but this time stay on the single-track for the entire leg.4.4This section climbs 150 ft and then descends the same. It is gentle and smooth with no steep climbs.
Leg 5:

Flow II
Follow the single-track Hatchery Creek Trail northbound. It will cross the Birkie Trail 5 times on the way back to Mosquito Brook Aid Station.4.5This section climbs 150 ft and then descends the same. It is gentle and smooth with no steep climbs.
Leg 6:

Half & Half
Half of this section is single-track, half Birkie Trail. Leaving the aid station, cross Mosquito Brook Road and on to Makwa Trail. Turn right at the intersection with the Birkie trail, follow this it to the Gravel Pit Aid Station.3.8The course begins the steady climb back north. There is 150 ft of elevation gain on this leg, most in the mellow first half of single-track. There are three mid-size steep ups and downs on the Birkie Trail.
Leg 7:

Happy Hills
Exit the Gravel Pit Aid Station at the side entrance, heading back down to Gravel Pit Road for 400 feet where you turn left onto Makwa single-track. Follow Makwa north, turning right on to an off the Birkie Trail at each time these trails meet. Continue north crossing CTH OO, across the parking lot, and on to the Birkie Classic Trail. Follow the Birkie Classic Trail north for the finial 3.2miles of the leg at the Boedecker Aid Station.9.0
The ascent continues in mostly mellow terrain on the single-track. After crossing CTH 00 there is a major descent followed by a climb and short section of flats.
Leg 10:

Getting it done
Leaving Boedecker for the second time, follow the Birkie Classic Trail north. Turn right on to Seeley Pass single-track. You will cross two forest roads, and turn right where the trail rejoins the Birkie Classic Trail. Follow the Birkie Trail to Timber Trail Aid Station.5.5This leg begins with stustained descent of 150 ft in the first 15.5 miles. Then a steady gain of 150' for the remainder of the single-track. The rest is all Birkie rollers.
Leg 11:

Heading North
Continue north from Timber Trail Aid Station on the Birkie Classic Trial 1.4 mi and turn right on to the Ojibwa single-track for 1.0 mi. Turn left on to the Kortelopet Ski Trail for 0.9 mi to the Telemark Trails Aid Station.3.3
This is the last leg where you can build some speed before you hit two next two challenging segments. There is a net elevation drop of 200 feet over this short leg. The Korte and North End Trails have fewer steep climbs than the Birkie Trail.
Leg 12:

We're not in Seeley Anymore
Continue from the Telemark Trails Aid Station on the Kortelopet Trail for 1.8 miles and then continue straight on to the Birkie Classic Trail. Follow the Classic Trail for 1.3 miles and turn right on to Ojibwa for 0.6 mi. Turn left onto the North End Classic Trail for 0.6 mi. Turn left on to North End Trail for 0.4 mi until you reach the Birkie Skate Trail. Turn right on the Skate Trail for the final 1.7 mi back to the Timber Trail Aid Station6.4This could be the toughest leg of the day. The ski trail climbs step-wise for the first mile, gaining 100 feet, followed by a mile of super steep Power Line rollercoaster hills. The terrain mellows from there, but it is all ups and downs that add up to a lot of climb. The leg finishes with a quick descent into the aid station.
Leg 13:

Up and Get This Over With
Leaving Timber Trail, continue south on the Birkie Skate Trail for 0.6 mi. Turn right on to Seeley Pass single-trackfor 1.9 mi, crossing one forest road, to intersect with Birkie Stake Trail. Turn right on to Birkie Skate 1.3 mi the intersection with Birkie Ridge Trail. Turn right on Birkie Ridge Trail and go 1.8 mi to the Finish!.6.2
The challenge is far from over as this leg begins with some big Birkie Trail rollers followed by a steady climb of 200 feet, to the highest elevation on the course at 1,730 feet above sea level. From the high point it is all down hill two the finish, except for 3 short steep thigh-burner ups.
Total60.6

5 Km Run / Walk

The 5 km course will start and finish at the Birkie Ridge Trail head, climb up the Birkie Ridge connector trail, turn on to a small forest road, then to a segment of Boedecker Road, follow the ski trails through the neighboring Nordic Ridge development, and then to the finish. A great short walk or jog through the forest or competitive race for those looking for a challenge. There is one drink station on the course.5K Course Profile

Nordic Trek
Presented by Out There Shop

The Trek is a “Nordic walking” event where hiking or ski poles are commonly used. The Nordic Trek is a non-competitive, untimed event. The 10 mile course climbs from Birkie Ridge, turning south on the Birkie Skate Trail to the Boedecker Trail head. There it turns north following the Birkie Classic Trail to the Fire Tower Aid Station and then the south on the Birkie Skate Trail back to Birkie Ridge Trail and back down to the finish. The Trail system provides plenty of room on all parts of the course to trek with friends and family. You will be sharing the trail with runners, though, so please watch and listen for those coming up behind you and be ready to make room for those who need to pass. There is no better way to enjoy the fall colors of Northern Wisconsin!

LOANER TREKING POLES AVAILIBLE. If you really want to do the Trek but do not have poles, Out There Shop, Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Nordic Trek event, will loan you a pair! The poles will be available at the start/finish area tent on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, email Out There Shop at info@outthereshop or call 1-800-252-9583. Click Here to visit Out There online.
Total Distance: 10 miles

 

Awards

Participant Gift

Every participant in the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek events will receive a commemorative T-Shirt and a ticket for the big post-race lunch in the finish line tent, including your first beer or soda for free!

Overall Awards

Prize money will be given to overall top three male and female finishers in the Marathon Division. First place male and female will receive $500; second place, $250 and third place, $100.

The top three places overall, male and female, in the Ultra, Marathon, Half marathon, and 5 Km races will receive a prize.

The overall winners for the 3- and 6-person relay teams will be awarded in the following categories:
Men; Women; Mixed; 40+ Men; 40+ Women; 40+ Mixed

Age Group Awards

Age-group awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners, male and female, in each age class
Marathon – 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Half Marathon– 13-17,18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
5 km – Under 8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70-79, 80+

Celebrate The Run - Two Post-Race Parties

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

All participants will enjoy a picnic lunch included with their entry. Friends and family can purchase a meal for $5. There will be doughnut holes and 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 at 7:00 pm for a post race 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.

 

 

Volunteer

Want to get involved, see the event up close and personal, be part of what makes Birkie events great? We’d love to hear from you! Contact the Birkie at 715-634-5025 x: 2 or birkie@birkie.com and put “Trail Run Volunteer” in the subject line. There is no obligation—we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!

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Elite Athletes


The American Birkebeiner Foundation has commitment to supporting elite athletes at all of our events. We can offer travel and lodging assistance to eligible competitors in the Birkie Trail Run races. Send inquiries to elite@birkie.com

Sponsors

salomon

Title Sponsor

 


 

brent-carlson
Dr. Carlson
Presenting Sponsor
Marathon
fits-sock
FITS
Presenting Sponsor
Marathon Relay
salomon
Salomon
Presenting Sponsor
Half Marathon
out-there
Out There
Presenting Sponsor
Trek
Corner-Deli
Corner Deli
Presenting Sponsor
5K

 


 

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