Each year the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation looks for three capable cross country skiers to dress as the original "Birkebeiner" warriors and Queen Inga and ski the 54 kilometers Birkebeiner Classic from Cable to Hayward, WI, on traditional wooden skis and in full period costume provided by the Birkie.
Inga will ski either the 54-kilometer Classic Birkie or 23-kilometer Kortelopet before meeting up with the Birkie warriors and baby Prince Haakon at the finish line on Main Street in Hayward.
The Warriors & Inga group will serve as "ambassadors on the trail," encouraging both skiers and volunteers along the way. The warriors will carry a baby doll along the course until Main Street where they will pick up a real infant "Prince" before skiing the last two blocks with Inga to the finish line.
"This tradition has become one of the highlights of the whole Birkie experience for participants and spectators alike," says Ben Popp, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. "Find a few friends or do it as a family. It will complete your Birkie experience."
Ski the Birkie (or Korte) for Race Credit
If you ski as a Warrior or Inga, you will receive credit for completing the race.
Free Entry the Following Year
Each member of the winning group will also receive a free 2015 Birkie or Korte race entry for the following year.
2013: Chris Lawn, Madison, WI, and Tom Lawn, Plymouth, WI
2012: Darald Bothun and Barry Knapp, both from Rochester, MN
2011: Gale Otterholt and Marv Franson, both from Eau Claire, WI
2010: Brothers David Nelson, Medicine Lake, MN, and Grant Nelson, Duluth, MN, skied
the re-enactment as a family with David’s wife, Josie, as Inga and their son Karl
as the Prince
2009: Jeff Cummisford, Waukesha, WI, and best friend, Richard Pierce, Verona, WI
2008: Brothers Thom Gerst, Coon Rapids, MN, and Gary Gerst, Maple Grove, MN
2013: Lori House, Madison, WI, and baby Keirsten Lawn (Chris’s daughter)
2012: Kristin Bothun, Mankato, MN, daughter of Warrior Bothun, and Nikolai Fornear
2011: Gretchen Lindgren, St. Cloud, MN, and her grandchild Finnley
2010: Josie Nelson, Medicine Lake, MN, and son Karl
2009: Lyndsey Lewis, Fort Collins, CO, and son Piercen
2008: Gail Moede Rogall, Madison, WI, and son Bjorn
How to Enter:
The contest application for the 2015 Birkie
will open in October 2014. Check back here then.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-634-5025.
Darald Bothun, Barry Knapp, and Kristin Bothun
Marv Franson, Gale Gotterholt, and Gretchen Lindgren
David Nelson, Mark Nelson, and Josie Nelson