Individual Race and Sprint Relay for Youth and Juniors 6 years old to High Schoolers
The Junior Birkie presented by Gear West starts at the Hayward City Beach and finishes at the Birkie Finish Line on Main Street in Hayward. There are three race distances for the different age groups. All registered skiers will get a Junior Birkie hat.
The race is open for all junior age groups. The relays will start and finish on the Birkie Finish Line. Teams are composed of 2 or 3 members (depending on age group) of the same sex and age group. Teams may represent a club or school team, but no affiliation with each other is necessary. We can also match up individuals to make up a team if you are interested in racing, but need teammates. Unofficial teams of mixed gender will be allowed to race, but will not be eligible for awards.
Youth skiers are assigned an age group based on their year of birth, not by age on race day. All races are freestyle technique – competitors may use skate or classic technique, however, there will not be any classic tracks set on the courses.
Official teams must be the same gender and age group. Teams may represent a school or club team, however this is not a requirement. The event is limited to 15 teams per group.
|Year of Birth||Category||Individual Mass Start Distances||Team Sprint Relay Distances|
|2010-2011||U8 Girls & Boys||1.2 km||2 x 500m|
|2008-2009||U10 Girls & Boys||1.2 km||2 x 500m|
|2006-2007||U12 Girls & Boys||3 km||2 x 500m|
|2004-2005||U14 Girls & Boys||3 km||2 x 500m|
|2002-2003||U16 Girls & Boys||5 km||3 x 800m|
|1999*-2001||High School Girls & Boys||5 km||3 x 800m|
|Now thru 6:59 pm February 20|
Individual & Sprint Race registration is online only, closing at 6:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. No race day registration!
Each relay team member must register individually and use the same team name. Teams must be comprised of athletes in the same age group.
Thursday, February 21st 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the in the registration tent at the Start area near the Hayward City Beach.
|2:00 pm||U16 & High School Boys||5 km|
|2:15 pm||U16 & High School Girls||5 km|
|2:30 pm||U14 Boys||3 km|
|2:45 pm||U14 Girls||3 km|
|3:00 pm||U12 Boys||3 km|
|3:15 pm||U12 Girls||3 km|
|3:30 pm||U8 & U10 Boys||1.2 km|
|3:45 pm||U8 & U10 Girls||1.2 km|
|4:15 pm||HS & U16 Boys Relay||3 x 800m|
|4:20 pm||HS & U16 Girls Relay||3 x 800m|
|4:25 pm||U14 Boys Relay||2 x 500m|
|4:30 pm||U14 Girls Relay||2 x 500m|
|4:35 pm||U12 Boys Relay||2 x 500m|
|4:40 pm||U12 Girls Relay||2 x 500m|
|4:45 pm||U8 & U10 Boys and Girls Relay||2 x 500m|
The Junior Birkie starts at the Hayward City Beach and finishes at the American Birkebeiner Finish Line on Main Street. There will be a continuous shuttle service between the parking lots near the Start, and the Celebration Plaza near the Finish. Please help ease the traffic congestion by utilizing the designated parking lots and the shuttles.
Check out the Thursday Thrills Event Map for details.
Refreshments will be available in the Celebration Plaza.
All finishers will receive a medal.
Each age group race will have an award ceremony immediately following it at the Champion’s Stage in the Celebration Plaza.
The top three boys and girls for each age group will be awarded a prize.
The first place relay team in the boys and girls category for each age group will be awarded a prize.
The Junior Birkie Individual Race also is part of the CXC Youth Cup for U12 and U14 age categories. Licensed skiers are seeded and earn points in the CXC Youth Cup overall standings. For information on the CXC Youth Cup see, http://cxcskiing.org/pages/events/cxc-youth-cup.html