Exciting, fun event allowing skiers interested in a shorter event the opportunity to be part of the Birkie experience.
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 2018!
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.
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 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 and Prince Haakon 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.
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On the 13K course Skate skiers will use the Birkie Skate trail and Classic skiers will use the Birkie Classic trail for the first 7K. Both routes will then follow a connector trail and join the Kortelopet trail that will be groomed for both skate and classic skiing.
Prince Haakon 13K skiers will then ski with Kortelopet skiers for the next 4K to the final aid station where Haakon 13K skiers will leave the Kortelopet trail and course and ski directly toward the Cable Union Airport and Kortelopet finish line for the 13K finish. Refer to the map of course, right hand column of this 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 Birkie 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 1:30. 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.
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