SAVE THE DATE: Birkie Trail Run 2015 will be Saturday Sept. 26, 2015

Five Events to Choose From ... Now with Singletrack!

The FIVE Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek events on Sept. 27 put you on some of the best sections of the famous Birkie Trail and now—for die-hard trail and singletrack runners—we’ve added sections of SINGLETRACK to the marathon and half marathon courses! These singletrack sections are part of the CAMBA trail system, one of the best in the nation and the singletrack capital of the Midwest. The Birkie Trail itself has enough roots and rocks to keep it interesting. But, for runners looking to break free from the roads, it is a great crossover and introduction to trail running. The main course is 30 feet wide, grass covered, and mowed, with a bike path down the middle to keep those sections fast. There is plenty of room to pass on the uphills, downhills, and flats. Also new this year is that all events start and finish at the new Birkie Ridge trailhead, right off Hwy. 63, just two miles north of Seeley, WI. Starting here puts you on some of the best parts of the Birkie Trail and singletrack.

* This is the Birkie Trail, so there are those famous Birkie hills. 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 September!

Event / Distance Options

Pick Your Event!

The Marathon, Marathon Relay, and Half Marathon all include sections of Birkie Trail and CAMBA Singletrack!

  • 26.2 mile Marathon
  • 26.2 mile Marathon Relay (teams of 3 or 6 people)
  • 13.1 mile Half Marathon
  • 12.5 mile Birkie Trek (Nordic Walk)
  • 6K Fun Run/Walk
  • 1K for Kids – FREE!

Participant Briefings & Race Guide

Please click on the image links below to read the quick race guide and relay briefing.

Race Guide

2014 Trail Run Quick Race Guide

2014 Birkie Trail Run Relay Brief

2014 Birkie Trail Run Relay Brief

Registration

THERE IS NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATION FOR THE BIRKIE TRAIL RUN EVENTS!
ONLY BIB PICK-UP AT THE BIRKIE RIDGE START/FINISH AREA.

Individual Events

 
Through 6/30
7/1 thru 8/15
8/16 thru 9/15
9/16 thru 9/26
Marathon$60$70$80$90
Half Marathon$50$60$70$80
Trek - 12.6 miles$40$50$60$70
6K Fun Run/Walk$30$35$40$40
6K Ages 11 and Under$10$10$10$10
1K Kids Dash (9 and Under)FREEFREEFREEFREE

Relay Events : Relay Teams need a high-clearance vehicle for the driving route/drop off points.

 
Through 6/30
7/1 thru 8/15
8/16 thru 9/15
9/16 thru 9/26
3-Person Marathon Relay$115$130145

$170
6-Person Marathon Relay$230$260290$340

Participant Gift

Every participant in the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek events will receive a cool hat and a ticket for the big post-race lunch in the finish line tent, including your first beer free! All food, drinks, and craft beer on tap are compliments of the Cabin Stop of Hayward.

Finisher Medals

Every participant in any of the five events also gets a a great-looking Birkie medal when they cross the finish line!

Awesome Awards

From Salomon! We again have certificates for your choice of Salomon trail running shoes for overall male and female winners of each timed event (marathon, half marathon, 6K) and the 3- and 6-person relay teams–open, mixed, and women! Shoes from SALOMON! Need we say more!  

PLUS … the Salomon SHOE DEMO on Friday and Saturday! Salomon will have a booth at bib pick-up on Friday and in the big start/finish tent on Saturday. Try out the best trail running shoes around! Salomon is the Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Trail Half Marathon.

Loaner Trek Poles

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.

Finish-Line Recovery Food

Whether you are running the marathon or trekking the Birkie Trail, we’ll be ready for you at the finish! Look forward to Olympia Granola bars—wheat & dairy free, non-gmo, no trans fats—plus bananas, HEED, and water.

Post-Race Cookout—in the Big Tent!

The grills will be fired up … for all the fun after your Birkie Trail event! Your picnic lunch—compliments of the Cabin Stop of Hayward (the location of bib pick-up on Friday, right on Hwy 63) will include the following: Birkie Brats, Pasta Salad, Coleslaw, Cookies, Craft Beer on Tap, Pop and Water. Lunch and your first beer is free for all participants and just $5 for friends and family!

Need Something Different? If you have any dietary needs or preferences, please feel free to bring any back-up food and drink you may want. You can also stock up on snacks for your hotel room, cabin, a gift for friends you’re staying with, and extra munchies for Saturday, all at the Cabin Stop when you come to pick up your bib. Choose from organic chips and salsas, the gluten-free section, bakery, artesian cheeses, hummus, crackers, even Ahi tuna! Use the 10% coupon you’ll receive at bib pick-up.

Gear Bags

We will not be handing out gear bags this year, simply because all the events start and finish at Birkie Ridge, so we do not need to bus you to the start and then get your clothes to the finish. Pack up your car with whatever you need. There is ample parking at Birkie Ridge!

Proceeds

All race proceeds from this event are used for Birkie Trail maintenance and improvement.

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. Signs will be posted as a reminder. If you must bring a pet, please confine it to the parking area at Birkie Ridge.

Course Descriptions

Marathon / Marathon Relay
Presented by Brent Carlson, MD / FITS

The individual Marathon and the Marathon Relay are on the same loop course that starts and finishes at the Birkie Ridge trailhead. From the Birkie Ridge Trail, the course follows the Birkie Skate Trail south to just north of the “OO” trailhead where you will use the Seeley Pass “crossover.” This short crossover takes you to the Birkie Classic Trail where you will head north again, all the way to the northernmost part of the course. From there you transition back onto the Birkie Skate trail south to complete the loop and take the final leg from Birkie Ridge back to the finish. Marathon Relay teams will need a high-clearance vehicle for driving route/drop off points.

Singletrack Sections: Marathon and Marathon Relay runners will get on singletrack in three places: (1) just north of the Boedecker aid station, off the Birkie Classic Trail  (2) at the north end turn-around, and (3) off the Birkie Skate Trail, Timber Trail to just north of the Fire Tower aid station. The singletrack sections are on the CAMBA trail system—widely known as some of the best singletrack in the country and premier in the Midwest. These sections also provide some welcome relief from those non-stop hills of the Birkie Trail. Get Birkie-Specific Trail Run Training Tips HERE.

Total Distance: 26.2 miles

Legs Marathon / Relay
Description
Miles
Terrain
LEG 1:

Head for the Hills
Start line / Birkie Ridge to Birkie Skate Trail (1.9), Birkie Skate Trail south to Boedecker food station (2.1).4.0A gradual uphill to the Ridge--short up-and-down hills along the way. Next, those Birkie hills, including long climb at end to Boedecker.
LEG 2:

Sweet Relief
Boedecker food station to Seeley Highlands "crossover" (about 600 feet) to Birkie Classic Trail (2). Birkie Classic Trail back north to Boedecker food station (2.5).4.0Recover on more rolling flow--i.e. no huge climbs. Birkie Classic Trail is mellower in general, especially along this stretch back north to Boedecker.
LEG 3:

Dig That Dirt
Boedecker food station north on Birkie Classic Trail. Turn right onto "Seeley Pass" Singletrack (0.6), Singletrack to Birkie Classic Trail (2.5), then Birkie Classic Trail to Timber Trail / Korte Trail (2.9).5.25Get a break from those Birkie hills on the singletrack, then take on a moderately hilly section of Birkie Classic Trail.
LEG 4:

Get Your Groove On
Timber Trail / Korte Trail to "Ojibwe Trail" Singletrack (1.6) Singletrack to Birkie Skate Trail (1.6), Birkie Skate Trail to Timber Trail food station (1.8).5
Hills are longer--fewer ups and downs overall. Short section of singletrack back to Birkie Skate Trail. This north end is still non-stop hills, with one steep climb.
LEG 5:

Feel It Now?
From Timber Trail on Birkie Skate Trail to final Singletrack section (0.6), Singletrack to Birkie Skate Trail "High Point" (2.7), "High Point" to the Fire Tower food station (0.6).3.9The High Point is the highest elevation on the Birkie Trail at 1,730 feet, so it's up one side and down the other.
LEG 6:

Head for Home!
From Fire Tower food station take Birkie Skate Trail south to Birkie Ridge Trail (0.8) Take Birkie Ridge Trail plus Birkie Ridge field extension (1.1) to the finish at the Birkie Ridge trailhead (1.9).4.0Still some ups and downs, but a net downhill overall. From Birkie Ridge it's all downhill then a flat to the finish. TIME TO PARTY!!!

Half Marathon
Presented by Salomon

The Half Marathon is also a loop course that starts and finishes at the Birkie Ridge trailhead. It follows the Birkie Skate trail south almost to the Boedecker trailhead, the halfway point for this event. It then returns north on the Birkie Classic trail to the High Point and Fire Tower aid station. From there it turns south again to complete the loop and take the final leg from Birkie Ridge back to the finish.

Singletrack Section: Half Marathon runners will get on their singletrack section as they head north from the Boedecker trailhead, from just north of Boedecker to the turn-around just north of the Fire Tower aid station. The singletrack section is also on the CAMBA trail system—widely known as some of the best singletrack in the country and premier in the Midwest. For Half Marathon runners, too, it provides some welcome relief from the non-stop hills of the Birkie Trail! Get Birkie-Specific Trail Run Training Tips HERE.

Total Distance: 13.3 miles

Legs: Half Marathon
Description
Miles
Terrain
LEG 1:

Head for the Hills
Start line / Birkie Ridge Trail to Birkie Skate Trail (1.9), Birkie Skate Trail south to Boedecker food station (2.1).4A gradual uphill to the Ridge--short ups and downs along the way. Next, those Birkie hills, including long climb at end to Boedecker.
LEG 2:

Let Yourself Go
From Boedecker food station, take Birkie Skate Trail to first crossover (0.6) onto Birkie Classic Trail, then head back north to Boedecker food station (1.4).2Recover on more rolling flow--i.e. no huge climbs. Birkie Classic Trail is mellower in general, especially along this stretch back north to Boedecker. Get a break from those Birkie hills on the singletrack. The High Point is the highest elevation on the Birkie Trail at 1,730 feet, but the singletrack is a more gradual way to get there.
LEG 3:

Dig That Dirt
From Boedecker food station, take Birkie Classic trail to "Seeley Pass" Singletrack (0.6). Take Singletrack to Birkie Skate Trail "High Point" (3.4) then take Birkie Skate Trail to Fire Tower food station (0.6).4.6
The High Point is the highest elevation on the Birkie Trail at 1,730 feet, so it's up one side and down the other.
LEG 4:

Head for Home
From Fire Tower food station take Birkie Skate Trail south to Birkie Ridge Trail (.8) Take Birkie Ridge Trail plus Nordic Ridge extension to the finish at the Birkie Ridge trailhead (2.3).2.7Still some ups and downs, but a net downhill overall. From Birkie Ridge it's all downhill then a flat to the finish. TIME TO PARTY!!!

Nordic Trek
Presented by Out There Shop

The Trek is a “Nordic walking” event where hiking or ski poles are commonly used. The Birkie Trek is a non-competitive, untimed event. The 12.5-mile course follows the same course as the Half Marathon, above, except that instead of getting on the singletrack just north of the Boedecker trailhead, it continues north on the Birkie Classic Trail. The Birkie 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. The Trek is just under a half marathon distance, and there are those famous Birkie hills, so make sure you’re ready to cover ground. There is no better way to enjoy the fall colors of Northern Wisconsin!

Total Distance: 12.6 miles

Legs: Trek
Description
Miles
Terrain
LEG 1:

Warm Up to the Hills
Start line / Birkie Ridge Trail to Birkie Skate Trail (1.9), Birkie Skate Trail south to Boedecker food station (2.1).4A gradual uphill to the Ridge--short ups and downs along the way. Next, those Birkie hills, including long climb at end to Boedecker.
LEG 2:

Stretch Out and Go
From Boedecker food station take Birkie Skate Trail to first crossover (0.6) then take Birkie Classic Trail north to Boedecker food station (1.4).2Recover on more rolling flow--i.e. no huge climbs. Birkie Classic Trail is mellower in general, especially along this stretch back north to Boedecker.
LEG 3:

Good to Have Poles!
From Boedecker food station take Birkie Classic Trail to Fire Tower food station (3.5).3.5
This section contains the highest elevation on the Birkie Trail--1,730 feet. Poles are perfect for this area. From here it mellows out again.
LEG 4:

Head for Home
From Fire Tower food station take Birkie Skate Trail south to Birkie Ridge Trail (.8) Take Birkie Ridge Trail plus Nordic Ridge extension to the finish at the Birkie Ridge trailhead (2.3).3.1Still some ups and downs, but a net downhill overall. From Birkie Ridge it's all downhill then a flat to the finish. TIME TO PARTY!!!

6K Fun Run / Walk
Presented by the Cabin Stop

The 6K is its own course that starts at the Birkie Ridge trailhead then cuts right about halfway to the main Birkie Trail onto a loop course that follows a beautiful independent ski trail through a birch forest. The trail is relatively flat with some minor uphills and downhills—fast for competitive 6K for runners and just a great running and walking experience for more recreational participants.

Course Notes:

Markers will be placed on the trail every mile indicating the number of miles remaining to the finish line. Signs will also be placed on the trail marking 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile to the finish line.

The last leg of the Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and Trek transitions from the main Birkie Trail back to the Birkie Ridge trailhead, a 2.5K descent. Along this final descent, you will also be joined by 6K runners and walkers who are completing their course loop and heading to the finish line.

Training on the Course

If you want to train on portions of the Birkie Trail Run & Trek courses from the Birkie Ridge trailhead, note that it is 2.5 kilometers from the trailhead to the main Birkie Trail. From there you can go north toward the Fire Tower cabin, Timber Trail, and the North End or south toward the Boedecker and “OO” trailheads and cabins. You will see directional signs at and along the main Birkie Trail. Get Birkie-Specific Trail Run Training Tips HERE.

Aid Stations and Cut-Off Times

Aid Stations*

Aid Stations are located at: Boedecker Trailhead, Timber Trail, and the Fire Tower Cabin. Each aid station will have HEED Electrolyte Drink, Water, and GU gels, as well as volunteers there to serve you. Because each event course is a loop, each will pass through the three aid locations twice. See the Course Descriptions above and the details below:

Boedecker—Aid Station #1 and #2 for ALL EVENTS

Timber Trail—Aid Station#3 and #4 for Marathon and Marathon Relay

Firetower—Aid Station #3 for Half Marathon and #3 for Trek

Final Birkie Ridge—The 6K will have it’s own aid station that also serves participants in the other events coming down the home stretch on Birkie Ridge Trail to the finish.

* Note:

While there are aid stations every 4 miles (6 miles between Boedecker and Timber Trail) keep in mind that the Birkie Trail is hilly and can slow your pace a bit. For that reason, based on your pace and needs, consider carrying your own water, energy drink, gel, etc., just as back-up.

Cut-Off Times

Marathon runners must reach Timber Trail aid station at mile 14.5 (going north – on Korte trail) by 11:45 am, Timber Trail aid station (going south – on Birkie trail) at mile 18.5 by 12:45 pm, Firetower Food station at mile 22.4 by 2:00 pm and the finish by 3:00 pm. Runners not making these cut-offs will be transported to the finish line. Half Marathon and Trekkers must reach the Firetower Food Station by 2:00 p.m. and finish by 3:00 p.m.

Bib Pick-Up / Event Schedule

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 — Registration & Bib Pick-Up
… and Door Prizes!

10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    • Register Online until 8:00 p.m.—there is no race-day registration
    • All Relay Teams must be registered by Wednesday, Sept. 24
    • Location—the Cabin Stop in Hayward, Hwy 63, two blocks south of Main St.
    • BIG Door Prizes, your chance to win the following prizes on Friday Only, at the Cabin Stop. Pick up your prize on Saturday at the event. Enter to Win:

. American Birkebeiner VIP Package: Get a free entry for the 2015 or 2016 Birkie,
Korte, or Prince Haakon AND park at Race Start area
. Cabin Stop Gift Baskets: 12 Winners Total
. Salomon Hydration Pack: 4 Winners Total
. Free Birkie Event Entry: BirkieTour, Fat Bike Birkie, or Birkie Trail Run
. Two-Night Stay at McCormick House Bed & Breakfast in Hayward:
Luxury accommodations in the heart of Hayward
. FITS Sock: 3 Pairs – 3 Winners Total
. Pair of One Way Nordic Walking Poles: 1 Winner, from Out There Shop

Saturday, Sept. 27 — Bib Pick-Up

Starting at 6:30 a.m. at the start/finish tent at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead. The Birkie Ridge Trailhead is 2 miles north of Seeley (OO) on Highway 63.

THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION FOR THE BIRKIE TRAIL RUN and TREK EVENTS!

Saturday, Sept. 27 — Event Schedule

ALL EVENTS Start and Finish at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead

6:30 a.m.

  • Bib Pick-up opens in the start/finish tent at the Birkie Ridge trailhead, located on Hwy 63 two miles north of Seeley, WI (11 miles north of Hayward).

8:00 a.m.

  • Start of the individual Marathon event

8:15 a.m.

  • Marathon Relay team meeting at start line. Team captains must attend the meeting to go over rules and announcements. Teams and team vehicles will park in the Birkie Ridge parking lot and drive from their to their first hand-off location at the Boedecker trailhead.
  • Trek warm-up and stretch.

8:30 a.m.

  • Start of the Marathon Relay event

9:00 a.m.

  • Start of the Trek event

10:00 a.m.

  • Start of the Half-Marathon event

11:00 a.m.

  • Kids games start
  • First finishers of the individual Marathon
  • Cut-off at 1/4 mile north of “OO” for Marathon and Marathon Relay runners (runners will be transported to the finish area)

11:15 a.m.

  • 6K Bib pick-up closes

11:30 a.m.

  • Start of the 6K Fun Run and Walk event

11:30 a.m.

  • First finishers of the Half Marathon

11:30 a.m.

  • First finishers of the Marathon Relay
  • Food and beverage serving begins in the start/finish tent
  • Awards Ceremony for the overall Marathon winners

12 NOON

  • Start of Kids 1K Fun Run event

12:30 p.m.

  • Awards ceremony for overall Half Marathon and 6K winners
  • Age-Class Awards for 6K

1:00 p.m.

  • Age-Class Awards for Marathon and Half Marathon – Awards will be given to the top three in each age class
  • Overall Marathon Relay Awards

1:15 p.m.

  • Cut-off for all participants at Timber Trail Road crossing (participants will be transported to the finish line)

2:00 p.m.

  • Cut-off for all participants at Fire Tower Food Station (including Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and Nordic Trek)

3:00 p.m.

  • The party continues as we enjoy the post-race feed and wait for all participants, friends, and family to cross the finish line!

Spectators

Where to Watch

There are lots of good places to watch runners and trekkers along the course. The following trailheads are accessible to spectators and have parking:

  • Boedecker Trailhead – This aid station, along Janet Road, is accessible from County Road “OO” just west of the “OO” trailhead.
  • “OO” Trailhead (1/2 mile north on trail) - This halfway point for Marathon and Marathon Relay participants is on County Road “OO”,  just 2.4 miles east of Hwy 63.  Spectators will need to walk approximately ½ mile north on the Birkie trail from “OO” trailhead,  to view participants.
  • Birkie Ridge Trailhead – Watch all participants start AND finish. You can stand anywhere along the 150 yards of trail leading into and out of the woods. Be there to cheer on family and friends as they head into their adventure and emerge again to make their way to the finish line!

Awards & Post-Race Party!

Complimentary food, beverages, and craft beer on tap from the Cabin Stop of Hayward is available for all participants at the start/finish area tent. Your First beer is free! Spectators can purchuse a lunch/beverage ticket for just $5 (cash only) and buy beer as well. Participants can expect lots of door prizes, plus awards for top finishers and top three age-class winners. Plan to be part of this fantastic event at a beautiful time of the year at this brand new Birkie venue!

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 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!

Results

See previous results below. Although this year’s Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and 6K courses are on different sections of the trail than previous years—and now include singletrack—you can see how time on the Birkie Trail stacks up against your other times or trail running experiences.

2014 Birkie Trail Run Results

2013 Birkie Trail Run Results

2012 Birkie Trail Run Results

2011 Birkie Trail Run Results

 

Sponsors

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
northern-lakes-cabin-stop
Cabin Stop
Presenting Sponsor
6K

 


 

 

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Best of Both

Take the “Best of Both Challenge” Complete Info HERE

TrailRunner Trophy Series

TS-logo-2014The Birkie Trail Run is again part of the TrailRunner Trophy Series, a points-based series of trail races in the United States and Canada. All events are divided into two categories: Non-marathon (races less than 26 miles), or Marathon & Longer (26 miles and longer) distances. All races take place between March 1 and September 30, 2014.

See how to enter and What You Get! Click Here.

Questions

Contact Us Anytime

715-634-5025 or birkie@birkie.com