Is this YOUR YEAR to ski the Kortelopet?
Have you longed to challenge yourself in a brand new way? Can you imagine the exhilaration of skiing a 29 kilometer race? Do you want to discover what Birkie Fever is all about?If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Kortelopet is the race for you…and NOW is the time to take the challenge and ski the adventure!
For 2018 Kortelopet skiers will experience a better race course with less congestion, a memorable finish line experience, and the recognition they deserve for skiing an amazing 29 kilometer race! Imagine skiing up and over the iconic International Bridge to the sounds of ringing cowbells and cheering crowds as you ski toward the finish line on the snow-covered Main Street of Hayward, Wisconsin. Now, for the first time, families and friends who have skiers participating in the Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon have the opportunity to cheer each other on during their respective races. Spectators, too, will enjoy the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere, food, and music in downtown Hayward. We hope to see you in 2018!
All participants must be 13 years of age or older on race day to register for the Kortelopet.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Skiers interested in skiing the Korte on Friday and the Birkie on Saturday can register for both races!
Get reimbursed up to 100% on your Korte registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons including:
Event Registration Protector also comes with Competition Care: a 24 hour assistance hotline that can give you race-day information, locate bicycle repair shops, find nearby equipment stores, and much, much more.
As a participant in the 2018 Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon, and with a $35 donation during the event registration process, you will receive this reusable, exclusive Birkie gear bag!
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 2014 to 2016 Birkie events for the same 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 from those years, but do have a finish time from any of the other three seeded Birkie events 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, 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 those years will be placed in the last wave.
The Korte also has two special waves, U20 and Wave 70, for younger and older skiers. See the details for these waves below.
|Korte Skate||2016 Finish Time||2016 PBE||2015 Finish Time||2015 PBE||2014 Finish Time||2014 PBE|
|Wave 1||up to 1:43:16||Up to 64%||Up to 2:05:16||Up to 74%||Up to 2:23:00||Up to 99%|
|Wave 2||1:43:17 to 2:19:41||65% to 122%||2:05:17 to 2:50:22||75% to 137%||2:23:01 to 3:15:22||100% to 172%|
|Wave 3||2:19:42 and up||123% and Up||2:50:23 and up||138% and Up||3:15:23 and Up||173% and Up|
|Wave 4||No time in 2014-2016||No time in 2014-2016||No time in 2014-2016|
|Korte Classic||2016 Finish Time||2016 PBE||2015 Finish Time||2015 PBE||2014 Finish Time||2014 PBE|
|Wave 1||Up to 2:37:18||Up to 114%||Up to 2:37:44||Up to 91%||Up To 2:45:07||Up to 116%|
|Wave 2||2:37:19 to 3:29:24||115% to 185%||2:37:45 to 3:36:48||92% to 163%||2:45:08 to 3:46:42||117% to 197%|
|Wave 3||3:29:25 and Up||186% and Up||3:36:49 and up||164% and Up||3:46:43 and Up||198% and Up|
|Wave 4||No time in 2014 to 2016||No time in 2014 to 2016||No time in 2014 to 2016|
|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|
If you are a skier age 13 to 20 (birthdate between Feb 23, 2005 and Dec. 31, 1998) you will be assigned to start the Kortelopet in the U20 Classic or U20 Skate Waves. These wave will be the first to start and feature the same color bib as the Birkie Elite Waves. If you are a junior skier and do not want to ski in the U20 wave contact email@example.com and you will be placed in a wave based on the normal seeding process.
Registration for U20 Wave will remain open until the Wave capacity of 300 is reached or until January 26, 2018.
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 Kortelopet provides an opportunity to celebrate this for over one hundred skiers over the age of seventy! We recognize these skiers with a special bib and special wave.
Participants may transfer their entry between Korte and Birkie and or between Skate and Classic at any time until 4:00pm Central Time on January 26, 2018. A transfer fee of $15 plus any difference in entry fee will be applied.
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:
At the Birkie Expo, Hayward High School, Greenwood Lane
In the big tent at the Kortelopet Start
|Wave||Start Time||Bib Color|
|U20 Boys Skate||10:45||Red, White and Blue|
|U20 Girls Skate||10:50||Pink|
|U20 Boys Classic||10:55||Red, White & Blue|
|U20 Girls Classic||11:00||Pink|
|Wave 70||11:05||Dark Red|
|Wave 1 Classic||11:15||Blue|
|Wave 1 Skate||11:20||Blue|
|Wave 2 Classic||11:25||Red|
|Wave 2 Skate||11:30||Red|
|Wave 3 Classic||11:35||Lt Blue|
|Wave 3 Skate||11:40||Lt Blue|
|Wave 4 Classic||11:45||Dark Green|
|Wave 4 Skate||11:50||Dark 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 23, 2018. Kortelopet skiers must be 13 years of age by February 23,2018. 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.
Click here for policies for using the clothing transport from the start to the finish Clothing Bag Procedures
Click here for the Participant Rules.
The top top three male and female skate finishers in both skate and classic will be awarded Championship plaques at the Kortelopet Award Ceremony in the Celebration Plaza in Hayward at 12:30 pm on Friday. The overall awards are based on the net finish time (finish arrival time minus start time).
The top three finishers for the 13 to 19 year old girls and boys in both skate and classic will be awarded the Championship plaques at the Kortelopet Award Ceremony in the Celebration Plaza in Hayward at 12:30 pm on Friday. The U20 overall awards are based on the first to cross the finish line. U20 skiers are eligible for both the U20 Overall and Korte Overall Awards.
The top five boy’s and girl’s finishers in the Korte Skate and Korte Classic will receive a scholarship that can be applied to USSA or Regional Partner training camps or competition trips. Eligible programs include: National Training Group Camps, Regional Elite Group Camps, Regional Open Camps; World Junior Championships; U18 Scandinavian Cup Trip, OPA Cup Trip; USA Junior National Championships; NENSA U16 Championships.
Scholarship Amounts are:
Skiers finishing their first Kortelopet will receive a Medal at the Finish.
Skiers finishing their second or greater Korte will receive a pin indication the number of Kortelopets they have finished.
Age class awards will be awarded 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 the participants net time (finish arrival time minus start time).
13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 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.
Kortelopet Skiers who finish their 10th race will be rewarded with a personalized commemorative plaque.
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 Korte Skate or Classic can have their passport stamped for Worldmaster Silver credit or purchase a new passport following the race on Saturday or on Sunday.
Worldloppet passports may also be purchased on-line by clicking HERE. If you have completed a Birkie or Korte 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 8:00 am, Friday, February 23th , at Flat Creek Inn & Suites. Register for the Breakfast HERE.
For lodging information, see our Lodging page.
Skiers, whether elite or citizen, count on spectators to cheer them on as they set their sights on the finish line. Just when they think they’re fading, spectators provide an emotional lift that encourages them along their way. Catch Korte Fever!
Watch, cheer and ring cowbells for skiers.
FINISH LINE – MAIN STREET, HAYWARD
Join the celebration at the People’s Bank Midwest Celebration Plaza on Main Street between 3rd and 4th Streets beginning at 10:00 am. The first finishers are welcomed with the ringing of the church bells as they come off of Lake Hayward on to Main Street at approximately noon. Good viewing is possible along the length on Main Street.
Parking is available at designated parking lots with shuttle service throughout the day. There is limited street parking with in the downtown area, respect the parking direction signs and utilize the parking lots.