One challenge each month through September!  We’ve all heard it said that skiers are made in the summertime.  Get moving now, start building your endurance now, and set your sights on your February 2021 race! As a community, whether working out together or apart, we are #BirkieStrongerTogether!

Be entered to win great gear and other prizes from Birkie Sponsors like Swix, Salomon, Rossignol, Madshus, Sidas, Alpina, Suunto, Madshus, Telemark Vacation Condos, lodging from Marks Group Wealth Management, Start, Bliz, and more!  Plus, Slumberland is providing an overall Major Grand Prize to be drawn at random from all Birkie Summer Challenge Series participants. 
See prize list below

Birkie Challenges - #1 #2 #3 #4 #5

Birkie Challenge #1 – Go the Birkie Distance (May – Completed)

Congratulations to Birkie Challenge #1 Winners!

  • Blair Main, St. Louis Park, MN – Birkie (30) – Garmisch Resort Stay
  • Pete Willemsen, Duluth, MN – Kortelopet (20)– Telemark Condominium Stay
  • Betsy Van Cleve Stiegler, Plymouth, MN – Prince Haakon (10) – Suunto Watch

Birkie Challenge #2 – Climb the Birkie (June – Completed)

Congratulations to Birkie Challenge #2 Winners!

  • Bobbie Jones, Buena Vista, CO – 25,369 meters (that’s over 18 Birkies climbed!) Grand Prize – Suunto 9 Baro Multisport GPS Watch
  • Alex Kushing, Madison, WI – Start Hydration Belt (winner drawn at random)
  • Sarah Goetz, Tulsa, OK – Earth Rider Jersey (winner drawn at random)
  • Jonathon Rova, Duluth, MN – People’s Bank Midwest Sweatshirt (winner drawn at random)

Birkie Challenge #3 – Feel the Birkie speed (July – Completed)

Congratulations to Birkie Challenge #3 Winners!

  • Hanna Bowlin, Minneapolis, MN – Grand Prize Winner: Madshus Intelligrip Skis & Rottefella MOVE Switch Kit
  • John Garrett, Hayward, WI – SIDAS Therm-ic Heated Vest
  • Andrew Wall, Newport, MN – People’s Bank Midwest Sweatshirt
  • Mancel Mitchell, Minneapolis, MN – People’s Bank Midwest Sweatshirt
  • Shannon Roloff, Kimberly, WI – People’s Bank Midwest Sweatshirt

Birkie Challenge #4 – The Birkie – All In! (Starts August 3rd!)

American Birkebeiner Finish LineIt’s time to go “All In!”  As summer begins to wane, let’s start dreaming about what it’ll feel like to cross the Birkie finish line!

  • The Main Street stretch leading up to the finish line in downtown Hayward is around 300-meters.  Instead of going 300-meters, you’ll be going 300-miles!
  • Grab your family or friends (or both) and form a team of up to four people…and cross the Birkie – All In finish line together!
  • Here’s how it works:
    • Your team has two-weeks to complete the 300-mile challenge – run, bike, rollerski, or hike your way to the finish line together (even though you may be apart!).  Teams can divide the 300-mile finish line goal amongst their team members however they see fit.
    • If you’d prefer to do Challenge #4 solo, you’ll just need to complete a 75-mile individual challenge over two-weeks and you’ll cross the finish line, too!
  • Challenge #4 begins on August 3 and runs through August 16.
  • You must submit your workout in the RunSignUp results to reach your milestones and cross the finish line.
  • All registered participants will receive a cool Birkie running belt to carry key items while they’re out training!
  • All individuals and teams who reach the mileage goal will be entered into a drawing for amazing prizes (see all great prizes below).
    • Individuals: Individual participants will have a chance to win Rossignol skis or an Anti-Freeze SuperPuff jacket .
    • Teams: One lucky team will win GORE Wear jackets for all (see style & size information below).
    • Everyone registered for Challenge #4 will also be entered to win other great prizes drawn at random.
  • And, don’t forget, for every Birkie Challenge event you’ve conquered this summer (including Challenge #4), you’ll be entered for a chance to win the Challenge series overall Grand Prize of a Slumbercrest Hybrid mattress, courtesy of Slumberland Furniture; a Grand Prize of 1 pair of FW20 SLAB Carbon skate boots, courtesy of Salomon; or BLIZ Vision in Pink glasses (details below)!

Birkie Challenge Series Calendar

Watch for a NEW Birkie Challenge each month from now through August.  Complete them all for your best Birkie in 2021!

Challenge #1 – Go the Birkie Distance (May – Completed)

Challenge #2 – Climb the Birkie! (June – Completed)

Challenge #3 –  Feel the Birkie Speed! (July – Completed)

Challenge #4 – The Birkie – All In! (Register Now!)

Challenge #5 – Birkie’s RollerSki Challenge (September)

Challenge Prizes!

Win Gear: Grand Prizes from Birkie Sponsors

Each challenge in the Birkie’s Summer Challenge Series will provide participants with an opportunity to win prizes, and the prizes are amazing!  All you need to do is register, complete your challenge, and you’ll have a chance to win great prizes from our amazing Birkie sponsors for that particular challenge.  At the end of the summer we’ll draw grand prizes winners, at random, one entry per participant from all completed Challenges.

Birkie Challenge #1

Birkie Challenge #1 - Birkie Distance Prize

One Weekend at private condo with full kitchen, provided by Ben Marks of Marks Group Wealth Management. Just one mile to CAMBA Trails and Namakagon Town Hall Trailhead, Cable, WI.

Use by 12/31/2020 and subject to availability.

Value: $680

Birkie Challenge #1 - Korte Distance Prize

1 Week stay in beautiful Northwoods condo with full kitchen, adjacent to Birkie Trailhead and World Cup trails, Cable, WI.

Use by 12/31/2020 and some blackout dates may apply.

Value: $1,050

Birkie Challenge #1 – Prince Haakon Distance Prize

Suunto 5 – Compact GPS sports watch

MSRP: $329

Birkie Challenge #2

Birkie Challenge #2 Grand Prize

Suunto 9 Baro – Birkie Challenge #2 Grand Prize

Durable multisport GPS watch.

MSRP: $599

Challenge #2 Prize

Start Water carrier (MSRP $50)

Earth Rider
Challenge #2 Prize

Earth Rider Jersey (MSRP $78)

Additional Prize Packs
Challenge Prize #2

People’s Bank Midwest – Sweatshirt

WI State Cranberry Growers Association – Cranberries

Birkie Challenge #3

Challenge #3 Grand Prize

Prize Package: 1 pair Madshus Intelligrip Skis (MSRP $800) + Rottefella MOVE Switch Kit (MSRP $185)

Challenge #3 Grand Prize

Rottefella MOVE Switch Kit

MSRP: $185


Therm-ic Heated Vest

Additional Prize Packs
Challenge Prize #3

People’s Bank Midwest – Sweatshirt


Birkie Challenge #4

Challenge #4 Grand Prize

1 Pair of Rossignol X-ium Premium Skate or Classic skis, winners choice. MSRP: $800

Challenge #4 Prize

Anti-Freeze SuperPuff Jacket

MSRP: $280.00

Challenge #4 Prize

Women’s Jackets
GORE Wear Women’s Windstopper jacket
(MSRP: $149, Size: Women’s Size Medium Only, Color:  Black)
GORE Wear Women’s Shakedry Hooded Jacket/Trail Running
(MSRP: $209, Size: Women’s Small Only, Color: Pacific Blue)

Men’s Jackets
GORE Wear Men’s Shakedry Hooded Jacket/Trail Running
(MSPR: $299, Size: Men’s Size XL Only, Color:  Black)
GORE Wear Men’s Infinium Hooded Jacket
(MSPR: $369, Size: Men’s Size Large Only, Color:  Black)

Each of these four prize jackets comes only in the size, gender and colors listed above. Each jacket giveaway is final and sized as-is. Please do not try to exchange your jacket at Gear West, at any store, or contact GORE Wear. We will try to match jackets to the winners. If, however, you receive a jacket that is not exactly your size, please feel free to gift it to someone you care about who can use it! Thank you!

Additional Prizes

Gear West – Two $20 Gift Certificates

New Moon Gift Cards – Four $50 Gift Certificates

Earth Rider Brewery – Face Masks

Anderson’s Maple Syrup – Pure Fuel

Enbridge Energy – Ten $20 Kwik Trip Gas Cards

#5 Rollerski Challenge


2 Prize Packages: Each has 1 pair of Alpina rollerski boots (MSRP $249) + Rottefella rollerski bindings (MSRP $79)


Swenor Special Pink Edition Skate Longs

MSRP: $274

Challenge Series Gift Packs: Gas Cards from Enbridge

  • Good for gas at Kwik Trip
  • $20 value each
  • 20 cards for Challenge Series (prize distribution to be announced)

Overall Grand Prize* – Birkie Summer Challenge Series

*Everyone registered for any of the summer challenge series gets 1 entry, per challenge, to win the Overall Grand Prizes.


1 Pair FW20 SLAB Carbon skate (Jessie Diggins boots)

MSRP: $870. To be delivered in October 2020.


Bliz Vision in Pink

MSRP: $95.00



12” Slumbercrest Hybrid or Memory Foam Mattress in Queen or King (winner’s choice), which we can ship anywhere to the winner in the U.S.

The Slumberland everyday low price for the Hybrid King (most expensive option) is $1499.99.