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.
|Wave||Start Time||Distance||Start Location||Recommend Age|
|Red||12:00 pm||3 km (1.9 miles)||Beach||8 to 13 years old - Experienced skier - skis up and over the bridge.|
|Yellow||12:05 pm||3 km (1.9 miles)||Beach||8 to 13 years old - Experienced skier - skis up and over the bridge.|
|Green||12:10 pm||1 km (0.6 miles)||Beach||5 to 10 years old - Experience skier - skis up and over the bridge.|
|Orange||12:15 pm||1 km (0.6 miles)||Beach||5 to 10 years old - Experience skier - skis up and over the bridge.|
|Purple||12:30 pm||500 m (0.3 miles)||Intermediate School||3-8 years old - novice skier - doesn't ski over the bridge|
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.
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.
Is your school group interested in skiing the Barnebirkie? Great! Please call the Birkie Office at 715-634-5025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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!
Swiss Miss hot chocolate and homemade cookies courtesy of the Sons of Norway await every participant in the Celebration Tent near the finish area.
All children will receive a Barnebirkie medal, ski bib, and the first 800 children to pick up their bib will receive a ski hat.