Exciting, fun event allowing skiers interested in a shorter event the opportunity to be part of the Birkie experience.

In 2017, Prince Haakon skiers will have a memorable experience skiing 15 kilometers on the beautiful Birkie Trail.  Their journey will culminate with a trip up and over the International Bridge, amidst the ringing cowbells and cheering crowds, as they ski toward the finish line in downtown Hayward WI.  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 on Friday, for the Korte and Prince Haakon, and on Saturday for the Birkie.  It is a great way to catch Birkie Fever!  We hope to see you in 2017!

  • Spans 15 kilometers from Mosquito Brook Road to Downtown Hayward.
  • Attracts first-time racers and other skiers looking for a shorter event.
  • Is open to both skate and classic style skiers age 13 and older. There is a 500 skier limit.
  • Two start options; 1) If you are up for a race, start with the gun at 1:15 pm, 2) If you want a casual tour, start at your own pace between 1:15 and 1:30 pm. Your start time will be recorded when you cross the start line.
  • Includes the Hatchery Aid Station at 7 km from the start.
  • Is a timed event and all skiers will be issued timing chips and official results will be posted.
  • All finishers will receive commemorative pins.


2017 Registration is Closed!

*In 2017, skiers interested in skiing the Prince Haakon on Friday and the Birkie on Saturday can register for both races!

All participants must be 13 years of age or older on race day in order to register for the Prince Haakon.

 Through July 7July 8 through Sept 8Sept 9 through Nov 3Nov 4 until Closed
Prince Haakon$70$85$100$115


*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 registration@registration.com.



Bib Pickup

Pre-Race; Birkie Expo at Hayward High School

  • Thursday, February 23rd: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Click Here for “Expo Preview”

Race Day: In the tent at the race start

  • Friday, February 24th: Noon to 1:15 pm
  • No EXPO pick up on Friday!

Race Schedule:  Friday February 24th

“Gun Start” at 1:15 pm
Start at your own pace between 1:15 to 1:30 pm
All start times will be recorded when you ski through the start tower.




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