Non-Competitive Ski Tour for youth ages 3 to 13

The Barnebirkie presented by Johnson Bank & Swiss Miss will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Imagine nearly 1000 kids skiing from Lake Hayward, over the International Bridge, and up Main Street to the iconic finish line of the American Birkebeiner! This is where Birkie Dreams begin. Kids can choose to ski either a 1 km or 3 km course that goes up and over the International Bridge, or a 1/2 km course that does not go over the bridge. This year’s Barne will feature 4 waves starting form the beach and one wave starting from the Intermediate School for the kids that would like a shorter ski that does not go up and over the bridge.

If you are looking for a competitive experience for youth, consider participating in the Junior Birkie race which will be held on the same courses following the Barne.

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Distances & Start Times


WaveStart TimeDistanceStart LocationRecommend Age
Red12:00 pm3 km (1.9 miles)Beach8 to 13 years old - Experienced skier - skis up and over the bridge.
Yellow12:05 pm3 km (1.9 miles)Beach8 to 13 years old - Experienced skier - skis up and over the bridge.
Green12:10 pm1 km (0.6 miles)Beach5 to 10 years old - Experience skier - skis up and over the bridge.
Orange12:15 pm1 km (0.6 miles)Beach5 to 10 years old - Experience skier - skis up and over the bridge.
Purple12:30 pm500 m (0.3 miles)Intermediate School3-8 years old - novice skier - doesn't ski over the bridge

Parent & Spectator Etiquette

Please Note the Following Information Which Is Important for the Safety of the Children and the Integrity of the Course

Any adult that is accompanying Barne skiers on the ski course must be on skis. Otherwise, adults must stay off of the groomed ski course and walk along the paths and sidewalk.

Only kids and accompanying adults on skis will be allowed on the International Bridge. There will be helpers on the bridge providing assistance to kids that need help getting up and over.

NO PETS PLEASE.

Registration & Bib Pick Up

Registration

Wave Assignment

Barne skiers registering for the 3 km tour will be randomly assigned to either the Red or Yellow Wave.
Barne Skiers registering for the 1 km tour will be randomly assigned to either the Green or Orange Wave.
Barne Skiers registering for the 500 m tour will be assigned to the Purple Wave.

Skiers in the same family can all be assigned to the same wave, just ask at bib pick up.

School Groups

Is your school group interested in skiing the Barnebirkie?  Great!  Please call the Birkie Office at 715-634-5025 or email registration@birkie.com to find out how to register your group.  School groups registration forms must be received in the Birkebeiner office by Thursday, February 15, 2018.

School groups may use this entry form: barnie-17-entry

Bib Pick Up

Bib pick-up and day of race registration will be in the big tent at the Hayward City Beach from 10:00 a.m. to NOON.  First 800 kids to pick-up their bib will receive a great Barnebirkie hat!

Venue & Course Map


The Barnebirkie starts at the Hayward City Beach and finishes at the American Birkebeiner Finish Line on Main Street. The Purple Wave starts at the Hayward Intermediate School and also finishes at the American Birkebeiner Finish Line on Main Street. There will be a continuous shuttle service between the BIg Fish parking areas at the beach, the Intermediate School and the the Celebration Plaza near the Finish. Please help ease the traffic congestion by utilizing the designated parking at the Big Fish and the shuttles. Do not park on any of the city streets in the downtown area.
Check out the Thursday Events Map for details.

Celebration

Treats

Swiss Miss hot chocolate and homemade cookies courtesy of the Sons of Norway await every participant in the Celebration Tent near the finish area.

Commemorative Gifts

All children will receive a Barnebirkie medal, ski bib, and the first 800 children to pick up their bib will receive a ski hat.

Sponsors

Swiss Miss
Presenting Sponsor
Johnson Bank
Presenting Sponsor