Birkie Week Race Reaches Participant Capacity
Hayward, Wisconsin (December 3, 2019) — The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) announced today that registration for the Kortelopet ski race, North America’s second largest cross-country ski race, will close effective Friday, December 6, 2019. Interested skiers must register by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019, to guarantee a spot in the Kortelopet Race. The Kortelopet cross-country ski race is presented by Salomon and L.L.Bean.
The Kortelopet (29K), along with the Prince Haakon (15K), will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020. While the iconic Slumberland American Birkebeiner (55K classic/50K skate) race is slated for Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Kortelopet “Korte” skiers will once again start their race at the Kortelopet stadium at the Highway OO Trailhead as they make their way toward the finish line on the snow-covered Main Street of downtown Hayward, WI.
The Kortelopet participant base is comprised of men and women ranging from ages 13 to 90, new competitors, and seasoned skiers. The midrange Kortelopet race allows participants to engage in a challenging race and be a part of the Birkie week experience. The Kortelopet race includes 4 classic technique start waves, 4 skate technique start waves, both skate and classic elite waves, a U20 wave, and Wave 70 for those seventy years of age and older.
An estimated 13,500 skiers will participate in races as part of Birkie Week in February 2020. In 2019, Birkie week races drew participants from 49 states and 23 countries to northwestern Wisconsin.
Registration is open for the 2020 Slumberland American Birkebeiner “Birkie” and the Prince Haakon 15K ski races. Skiers interested in skiing in the Kortelopet (must register by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019), Slumberland American Birkebeiner, or Prince Haakon races are encouraged to register soon at www.Birkie.com as all races are filling quickly.
Salomon and L.L.Bean are the presenting sponsors of the 2020 Kortelopet 29K race.