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!
Summer 2016 will bring improvements to the new Kortelopet start area at the “OO” trailhead. And, in 2017, 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 2017!
*In 2017, skiers interested in skiing the Korte 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Through July 7||July 8 through Sept 8||Sept 9 through Nov 3||Nov 4 until Closed|
All participants must be 13 years of age or older on race day to register for the Kortelopet.
Middle school or high school students who are on a ski team in Wisconsin and have not previously skied a Kortelopet may be eligible for a free race entry provided by the Wisconsin Nordic Network. Contact your school team coach to apply. The Korte Scholarship is made possible by donations, contact WINN to donate and send a kid to the Korte!
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. Wave placement criteria are found below.
The Korte also has two special waves, U20 and Wave 70, for younger and older skiers. See the details for these waves below.
*Please note, these wave seeding tables have been adjusted slightly since initially published in the Birch Scroll. We apologize for any confusion. Please call the office with any questions at 715-634-5025 ext. 1.
|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 you are eligible 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 would like to ski this wave, select the U20 Kortelopet event at registration. If you want to ski in a later wave, select the Kortelopet event and you will be place 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 15, 2017.
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 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 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 noon 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 noon 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:
1st Place $500
2nd Place $400
3rd Place $300
4th Place $200
5th Place $100
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.