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®:
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.
There are also three special waves for those who qualify; Spirit of 35, Wave 70, and Elite Wave. Details for each are found below.
*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||66% 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|
This wave celebrates the spirit of the 35 intrepid skiers who finished the first Birkie in 1973. It is comprised of a small group of skiers with the most Birkie experience and those who have a special place in the race’s history. The current group of Spirit skiers have at least 35 Birkies completed, including Birkie Founder, Ernie St Germain, who has finish all 44 Birkies!
The mission of the American Birkebeiner Foundation includes supporting healthy and active lifestyles among people of ages and abilities. Cross country skiing is a lifestyle sport that allows people to stay active and healthy into their later years. Each year the Birkie provides an opportunity to celebrate this for nearly two hundred skiers over the age of seventy! We recognize these skiers with a special bib and special wave.
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.
The 2017 Birkie Skate race will once again be a part of the SuperTour, the International Ski Federation Continental Cup Series held with in the USA and Canada. Competitors from all FIS member nations that meet the eligibility requirements will be included SuperTour 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 SuperTour 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 of 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 17, 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 at the Hayward Veterans Community Center.
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|
The race is run according to the rules and regulations of the FIS and any special requirements stated in the entry form, Birch Scroll, this web site, www.birkie.com and participant race instructions. Offenses against any of these rules may lead to disqualification for current or future events and the forfeiture of any and all awards.
All participants in the Birkebeiner must be 18 years of age by February 24,2017. Kortelopet skiers must be 13 years of age by February 24, 2017. There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancellation. Entry fees are non-transferable between individuals or to future races.
Participants who complete an event in for which they are not registered (for example – complete the Birkie when they are registered for Korte, or ski the skate course when they registered for classic) will be credited for completing the race but will not be given a finish time, will not be eligible for awards and will not be included in the official results.
A complete list of maps and trail conditions can be found on the “Trails” page: HERE
Prize money will be awarded to the first six male and female competitors who cross the finish in the Birkie Skate Race. A total purse of $39,000 will be awarded in the increments below.
|Place||Prize Money (US $)|
A $2500 “Support American Skiing” award will be given to the top American male & female finishers in the Birkie Skate Race.
In addition, each finisher will receive a PREMIUM, LUXURY MATTRESS SET from Slumberland, title sponsor of the American Birkebeiner.
From SLUMBERLAND, Title Sponsor of the American Birkebeiner:
Win Your Wave—Win a Pair of Pillows! In Each Wave, the 1st Birkie Male and Female Skate and the 1st Birkie Male and Female Classic will each receive a PAIR OF PREMIUM PILLOWS from Slumberland! Waves include 1, 2, 3, 70, 4, 5, 6, 7.
* Details to come about where to pick up your pillows in downtown Hayward on Saturday and Sunday.
A $500 Sprint Bonus will be awarded to the first male and female competitors in the Birkie Skate Race to cross the intermediate sprint line prior to the OO Aid Station.
Prize money will be awarded to the first three male and female competitors who cross the finish in the Birkie Classic Race.
1st Place $1000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250
All prize money paid in Us Dollars. Wire transfer is available for $50 fee. Wire Transfer Form-Prize Money
First time Birkie Finishers will receive a commemorative Medal at the finish.
Skiers finishing subsequent Birkies will receive a pin recognizing the number of Birkies completed at the finish.
Age class awards will be given to the top three males and females, in both the freestyle and classic races, in each of the following age classes. Awards are based on net finish time (finish arrival time minus start time). Age classes are:
18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85 -89.
Birkie skiers completing their 10th race will be awarded a personalize commemorative plaque.
Birkie skiers completing their 20th race are eligible for the status of “Birchlegger”. Birchlegger is the English translation for the Norwegian, Birkebeinerne, the nick-name of the birch barked armored, warriors who saved Prince Haakon). These special skiers are recognized with the honor of wearing a special bib in the race and a a personalized award for 20,30, and 40 years completed.
Birchleggers will receive their awards at a special breakfast hosted by the Birchleggings Club on Sunday morning following the Birkie. First time Birchleggers will be treated to breakfast at no charge.
The Birchleggings Club is not a part of the American Birkebeiner Foundation. It is a separate organization dedicated to be “a strong promoter of continued participation in the American Birkebeiner and would contribute toward enhancement of the rich traditions that mark the Birkie as a unique skiing event.”
Worldloppet is an international association of long distance ski races, created in 1979 from the inspiration of American Birkebeiner creator, Tony Wise. The Birkie is among the nine races that comprised the founding events which have grown to 20 races on five continents.
There are many Birkie Skiers who have experience traveling to races around the globe. If you are interested in a particular race or just about the WL in general, we can connect you with someone who can share their experience with you and help to plan a trip. Click Here to submit an inquiry.
Tens of thousands of skiers around the world record their finishes of the Worldloppet Competitions in a special Passport. Finishers of the Birkie Skate or Classic can have their passport stamped or purchase a new passport following the race on Saturday or on Sunday.
Worldloppet passports may also be requested by mail. If you have completed a Birkie in the past, you can request that a stamped passport be mailed to you at any time. Cost of new passports are $35.
All are welcome to join Worldloppet Skiers, Delegates from other Worldloppet Competitions ,and honored guests at the Worldloppet Breakfast held 8:00am, Thursday, February 23rd, at Flat Creek Inn & Suites. Register for the Breakfast HERE.
For lodging information, see our Lodging page.
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