Are you ready to ski the Greatest Show on Snow?
Are you eager to challenge yourself in a new way? Do you want to discover what “Birkie Fever” is all about? If you answered yes, the Slumberland American Birkebeiner is the race for you…and NOW is the time to take the challenge, ski the adventure!
The Slumberland American Birkebeiner®:
*In 2017, skiers interested in skiing the Korte or Prince Haakon on Friday, and the Birkie on Saturday, can register for both races!
Please register under the same name every year in order to keep track of your previous race finishes. If you are unsure of the name you have previously registered under, please call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025 or email email@example.com.
|Through July 7||July 8 through Sept 8||Sept 9 through Nov 3||Nov 4 until filled|
All participants must be 18 years of age or older on race day to register for the American Birkebeiner 55K Classic or 50K Skate.
The American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet utilizes a seeded start structure for four of its events: Birkebeiner Skate, Birkebeiner Classic, Kortelopet Skate, and Kortelopet Classic. Participants are seeded into starting waves based on their race history. The first priority for wave placement is your best result from the past 3 years for the same Birkie event which you are registering for (see the Wave Seeding Criteria tables below). If you do not have a finish time for that specific event in the previous 3 years, but do have a finish time from another Birkie event in the same time period, you will be placed in a wave based on the best finish result from that event, plus or minus an adjustment factor which accounts for the historical difference in the strength of competition between the races (see the Event Adjustment Factor table below). If you have participated in multiple other Birkie events in the past 3 years, wave placement criteria will first use results from a similar distance race, then from a similar technique. Participants who do not have a Birkie event finish time from the previous 3 years will be placed in the last wave.
*The following tables have been adjusted slightly since the initial publication. We apologize for any confusion. Please call the office at 715-634-5025 with any questions.
|Birkie Skate||2016 Finish Time||2016 PBE||2015 Finish Time||2015 PBE||2014 Finish Time||2014 PBE|
|Wave 1||2:36:35 to 3:05:16||Up to 47%||2:12:21 to 3:19:11||Up to 50%||2:14:29 to 3:43:56||Up to 66%|
|Wave 2||3:05:17 to 3:26:36||48% to 64%||3:18:12 to 3:43:09||51% to 68%||3:43:57 to 4:13:32||646 to 88%|
|Wave 3||3:26:37 to 3:54:19||65% to 86%||3:42:10 to 3:54:58||69% to 77%||4:13:33 to 4:39:07||89% to 107%|
|Wave 4||3:54:20 to 4:03:05||87% to 93%||3:54:59 to 4:28:12||78% to 102%||4:39:08 to 5:04:40||108% to 126%|
|Wave 5||4:03:06 to 4:33:10||94% to 117%||4:28:13 to 5:05:12||103% to 130%||5:04:41 to 5:43:34||127% to 155%|
|Wave 6||4:33:11 to 5:29:30||118% to 162%||5:05:13 to 6:10:10||131% to 179%||5:43:35 to 6:46:30||156% to 202%|
|Wave 7||5:29:31 and up||163% and up||6:10:11 and up||180% and up||6:46:31 and up||203% and Up|
|Birkie Classic||2016 Finish Time||2016 PBE||2015 Finish Time||2015 PBE||2014 Finish Time||2014 PBE|
|Wave 1||2:49:59 to 4:27:40||Up to 49%||2:59:02 to 4:12:30||Up to 42%||3:01:00 to 4:34:32||Up to 51%|
|Wave 2||4:27:41 to 5:08:49||50% to 72%||4:12:31 to 4:49:45||43% to 63%||4:34:33 to 5:10:45||52% to 71%|
|Wave 3||5:08:50 to 5:46:27||73% to 93%||4:49:46 to 5:25:10||64% to 83%||5:10:46 to 5:49:00||72% to 92%|
|Wave 4||5:46:28 to 6:33:00||94% to 119%||5:25:11 to 6:04:00||84% to 106%||5:49:01 to 6:37:19||93% to 119%|
|Wave 5||6:33:01 to 7:41:20||120% to 157%||6:04:01 to 7:27:30||107% to 152%||6:37:20 to 7:55:43||120% to 162%|
|Wave 6||7:41:21 and up||158% and Up||7:27:31 and up||153% and Up||7:55:44 and up||163% and Up|
|Event You are Registering For in 2017||Using Previous Birkie Skate Result||Using Previous Birkie Classic Result||Using Previous Korte Skate Result||Using Previous Korte Classic Result|
|Birkie Skate||0||+ 8 %||+ 15 %||+ 15 %|
|Birkie Classic||- 8 %||0||+ 8%||+ 8 %|
|Korte Skate||- 15 %||- 7 %||0||0|
|Korte Classic||- 15 %||- 7 %||0||0|
Wave Placement Upgrades
Participants may utilize the result from the list of qualifier competitions to improve on their placement from the above criteria. Similar to the comparison between the American Birkebeiner events, the results of the qualifiers will be adjusted based on the strength of competition, distance, and course elevation profile.
You may request to use a race result from the following list to improve your wave placement. Follow these steps to see if you are eligible for an upgrade:
The Elite Wave is a long standing tradition at the American Birkebeiner. This Wave accommodates competitors who have outstanding credentials from previous year’s Birkie, Korte, Birkie Qualifiers, and other international competitions. Qualifying for this wave provides the advantages of less congestion at the start and the best possible course conditions. The top 200 male and 60 female finishers from the 2016 Birkie Skate race, and the top 100 male and 40 female finishers from the 2016 Birkie Classic race will automatically be assigned a starting position in the elite waves for the 2017 races.
Competitors that meet the eligibility requirements will be included Seeded Group in the Birkie Skate Race. This group will start as part of the the Men’s and Women’s Elite Birkie Skate Waves. However these competitors will assigned designated starting positions at the front of the wave and the rest of the elite wave must stay behind the seeded group until the gun goes off.
There is no Seeded Group in the Birkie Classic Race.
Eligibility for Seeded Group requires that the competitor be active FIS members with at least one FIS race result, in the 365 days prior to February 17, 2017, with:
• fewer than 200 points for women and 150 points for men in competitions with a distance off 30 km or greater
• fewer than 150 points for women and 125 points for men in competitions with distance less than 30 km
Position in the Elite Waves are only guaranteed for returning skiers who met the above finish place criteria. No exceptions. If you have an Elite Wave finish two or more years prior, top Kortelopet finish, or other outstanding cross country ski race result, you may request to be added to the Elite Wave Waitlist by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open positions in the Elite Wave will be filled from the Waitlist on January 27, 2017.
Requests for Seeded Group entry must be sent to email@example.com prior to February 17, 2017.
There will be a information meeting for Seeded Group Competitors at 5;00 pm on Friday February 24, 2017.
Athletes without team affiliation are encouraged to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Hayward High School, Greenwood Lane — Bib Pick-up & EXPO
Start Area Near Warming Tent — Bib Pick-Up Only
|Wave||Start Time||Bib Color|
|Spirit of 35||8:15||Red|
|Women Skate Elite Skate||8:30||Pink|
|Men & Women Elite Classic||8:35||Red, White & Blue; Pink|
|Wave 1 Classic||8:40||Blue|
|Men Skate Elite Skate||8:50||Red, White & Blue|
|Wave 70 Skate & Classic||8:55||Dark Red|
|Wave 1 Skate||9:05||Blue|
|Wave 2 Classic||9:10||Red|
|Wave 2 Skate||9:15||Red|
|Wave 3 Classic||9:20||Lt Blue|
|Wave 3 Skate||9:25||Lt Blue|
|Wave 4 Classic||9:30||Dark Green|
|Wave 4 Skate||9:35||Dark Green|
|Wave 5 Classic||9:40||Orange|
|Wave 5 Skate||9:45||Orange|
|Wave 6 Classic||9:50||Gray|
|Wave 6 Skate||9:55||Gray|
|Wave 7 Skate||10;00||Light Green|
A complete list of maps and trail conditions can be found on the “Trails” page: HERE
If you are unable to pick up your award, you may request to have it shipped to you, at your expense, until March 31, 2017.
Skiers can record their finishes of the 20 Worldloppet Competitions in a special Passport
Finishers of the Birkie can have their passport stamped or purchase a new passport at the Birkie Cabin, on the corner of Main Street and Highway 63, downtown Hayward.
Cost of new passports are $50.
All are welcome to join Worldloppet Skiers, Delegates from other Worldloppet Competitions ,and honored guests at the Worldloppet Breakfast held at the Flat Creek Eatery in Hayward on Friday, February 19th at 8:00 am.