The 48th Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races will be returning to the 2020 format of racing and finishing on Hayward’s Main Street!  In addition, we have taken the positive feedback from our onsite Virtual Birkie in 2021 and  added an additional day of racing on Wednesday called the Open Track, where all 3 distances are offered with a start window and capped at a total of 1000 registrants.   For the safety and protection of all involved we will have COVID-19 procedures will be in place.  Racing begins on Wednesday, February 22, 2022 and extends through Sunday, February 27, 2022. Full schedule of events – Click Here

Slumberland American Birkebeiner (43K), Kortelopet (26K), Prince Haakon (14K)

  • February 23 – Wednesday – Open Track:  Slumberland American Birkebeiner Open Track, Kortelopet Open Track, Prince Haakon Open Track
  • February 24 – Thursday – Barkie Birkie, Birkie Expo, Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie, Birkie Giant Ski
  • February 25 – Friday – Birkie Expo, ParaBirkie, Kortelopet, Price Haakon
  • February 26 – Saturday – Slumberland American Birkebeiner – 50k Skate/55k Classic
  • February 27 – Sunday – On Snow Demo at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead; Cable, WI

For the safety of all participants, volunteers, and staff, all indoor and gathering spaces have been eliminated and spectators are not allowed at the race start, finish, or on course. To learn more about the safety protocols in place for Birkie 2022 – click here.

Birkie Media Contact:

Blair Flickinger
Marketing Coordinator
715-634-5025; blair.flickinger@birkie.com

Media Application

There is limited media parking at the American Birkebeiner start area and depending on your coverage plans, you may receive a parking pass. If awarded a parking pass, it will be emailed to you in advance of race week and you’ll need to print the pass and bring it with you for use on race day. Otherwise, there is ample parking for all in the general parking area, just a short walk from the race start/finish.

Online Media Credential Registration for 2022 is Now Closed
If you would like to register for credentials you now must register in-person at the Birkie Office or at the Media Center on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

Please read the following before completing your Media application.

  • Only one member of your team need apply – Whomever fills out the media access application will need to list the members of his/her team on the application. Media bibs will be awaiting your team’s arrival when you check in the information desk next to the Great Hall, adjoining the start venue.  You must wear your bib while on the venue grounds.
  • How can I interview the winners? There will be a press conference at Noon on Saturday.
  • What else do I need to provide? If you are a freelance writer/photographer you will need to provide a letter from the media outlet you are representing, complete with their contact information. Please email this information to blair.flickinger@birkie.com with the subject line: Media Application
  • What credentials will I receive & how do I use them? The media credential you will need is your personal credential to gain access to the venue, and once on site, a Birkie media vest which must be worn at all times. You will receive this loaned Birkie media vest upon check-in. The loaned Birkie media vest must be returned and placed in the drop-off box at the base of the torch, as you depart the venue. Thank you for your compliance and support of the ABSF!
  • How do I secure race results? Race results for the Prince Haakon, Kortelopet, and American Birkebeiner races will be posted on www.Birkie.com as soon as possible on race day.  Race champions will not be awarded daily, rather the champions will be crowned from qualified skiers who are racing on Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Once you apply, you will receive additional information by email prior to race week.

We love to hear what you have to say about the Birkie! Please send a copy of your published article, or a link to your broadcast story or online publication to media@birkie.com following the event. Please use the hashtag #Birkie2022 in your social media posts using: @AmericanBirkebeiner (Facebook), @americanbirkebeiner (Instagram) and @birkie (Twitter). We appreciate your interest in the Slumberland American Birkebeiner!

Mail: ABSF, Attn: Media, P.O. Box 911, Hayward, WI, 54843
Email: blair.flickinger@birkie.com

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at blair.flickinger@birkie.com or call Kate Directly:  715-415-7964. We look forward to seeing you!

Birkie Media Center

There will be a media center in 2022 with wifi… and cookies, while they last.  Veterans Community Center, across the street from the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce and the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Office.  There is also limited public WIFI available in the start/finish areas.

2022 Videos & Photography

All Video Clips from Vimeo will have the same Password:  Please email blair.flickinger@birkie.com for media passwords.

Required Photo/Video Credit: (c)2022 American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation






Photos:  All photos will be stored at this zenfolio address with passwords.  Please email blair.flickinger@birkie.com for media passwords.

2021 Videos & Photography

Required Photo/Video Credit: (c)2021 American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

For Media Use Only. Links to photos and videos will be added during the Birkie event week.
Contact blair.flickinger@birkie.com for media password

Photos/Still Images

Saturday, February 27
47th Slumberland American Birkebeiner Skate Championship

Podium Images: Click Here

To download, click on the download arrow at the top center of each image (no charge)

Men’s 43K Race

  • 1 – Johnny Hagenbuch – Bib #2
  • 2 – Sam Wood – Bib #7
  • 3 – Tyler Kornfield – bib 4

Women’s 43K Race

  • 1 – Alayna Sonnesyn – Bib #503
  • 2 – Rosie Frankowski – Bib #501
  • 3 – Caitlin Gregg – Bib #505

Sunday, February 28
47th Slumberland American Birkebeiner Classic Championship

Podium Images: Click Here


Saturday, February 27
47th Slumberland American Birkebeiner Skate Championship

Video footage: Click Here
Download: Scroll down on page until you see the download arrow

  • Video Men’s and Women’s Championship Finishes
  • Video of Birkie week events, Click Here

Sunday, February 28
47th Slumberland American Birkebeiner Classic Championship

Download: Scroll down on page until you see the download arrow

Required Photo/Video Credit: (c)2021 American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation