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Eight Events to Choose From 5k to 100K Ultra Marathon!

The eight Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek events feature the best sections of the famous Birkie Trail and single-track sections of the CAMBA trail system. This event is perfect for runners looking to break free from the roads. The Birkie Trail has a wide, grass covered, level surface, and the single-track is smooth and fast. But don’t make any mistake, this is a 100% trail race, with the famous Birkie hills, making for a challenging race for even veteran trail runners. Hammer it or cover your favorite distance at a recreational pace. Either way, this event has a great, friendly vibe, awesome Vendor Fair, a finish-line party with local north woods fare, Birkie Brew-Ski craft beer on tap, live music, on-site camping, bonfires, and more!  Make it a weekend of fun with friends!  And, again in 2018, the Birkie Trail Run Half Marathon has been selected as the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship!  If you love to run on a great trail, this is the event to put on your calendar NOW. See you in September!


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Choose Your Event!

  • Ultra Marathon (100 km / 62 miles)
  • Marathon
  • 3 Person Marathon Relay
  • 6 Person Marathon Relay
  • Half Marathon (13.1 miles) – 2018 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship
  • Nordic Trek (10 mile walk with or without trekking poles)
  • 5 km Run/Walk
  • 1 km for Kids – FREE!

All events, except for the Ultra, start and finish near the big expo tent at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead located on Highway 63, 2.4 miles north of Seeley, WI.  The Ultra Marathon starts at Birkie Ridge and finished in downtown Cable behind Rivers Eatery.

The Marathon, Marathon Relay, and Half Marathon all include sections of Birkie Trail and CAMBA Singletrack!

*Please note: only registrations made through Sign Me Up after March 15th will show on Am I Registered.

Register Online until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28th or in person at the Birkie Trail Run Vendor Fair 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—there is no race-day registration.  Team Relay registration closes on Wednesday, September 26th at 11:59 p.m.

Participants may transfer their entry from one Trail Run event to another at any time until 4:00pm Central Time on September 21, 2018. No refunds will be given if changing to a shorter event. All requests will be charged a $15 processing fee plus any increase in race fees, if applicable. To make a race change please email registration@birkie.com.

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your Trail Run registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons including:

  • A covered illness or injury
  • Pregnancy
  • You have a traffic accident en route to your event
  • Your car breaks down within 24 hours of the event
  • One of the many other covered reasons

Event Registration Protector also comes with Competition Care: a 24 hour assistance hotline that can give you race-day information, locate bicycle repair shops, find nearby equipment stores, and much, much more.  Learn More »

Individual Events

 Through 3/293/30 thru 6/286/29 thru 8/98/10 thru 9/139/14 thru 9/28
100 km Ultra Marathon$95$105$115$125$135
Half Marathon$65$75$85$95$105
Trek - 10 miles$45$55$65$75$80
5 Km Run/Walk$25$30$35$40$45
5 km Ages 12 and Under$10$10$10$10$10
1 km Kids Dash (9 and Under)FREEFREEFREEFREEFREE

Relay Events

Relay Teams will be placed in six categories; Women, Men, Mixed, 40+ Women; 40+ Men; 40+ Mixed. Enter as a Women, Men, or Mixed team and we’ll place you in the appropriate category based on age on race day.

The Team Captain must register and pay for the team.  Each team member must register individually under the same Team Captain and Team Name to be issued the Team’s bib number.
3-Person Teams must have 2 or 3 team members; Mixed Teams must have one member of each sex.
6-Person Teams must have 4 to 6 team members; Mixed Teams must have two members of each sex.
Relay Teams need a high-clearance vehicle for accessing the aid stations where the exchanges take place.

 Through 3/293/30 thru 6/286/29 thru 8/98/10 thru 9/139/14 thru 9/26
3-Person Marathon Relay (2 or 3 runners)$100$120$135
6-Person Marathon Relay (4 to 6 runners)$200

Age Restrictions

Participants in the Half Marathon must be 13 years old or older by September 29, 2018.
Marathon and Ultra Participants must be 18 years old or older by September 29, 2018.

2018 USATF Half Marathon Championship

The Birkie Trail Run Half Marathon, part of the Birkie Trail Run Festival weekend of events, has been selected as the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship in 2018 by USA Track & Field, the national governing body.

Click Here to Read the Announcement


American Trail Running Association Elite Athlete Meet and Greet and Q&A

Join us in the tent at the Vendor Fair at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 28th for a presentation from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Executive Director, Nancy Hobbs, and a Q&A with elite athletes. ATRA has been the leading advocate for mountain, ultra & trail running for two decades.  Elite runners, in contention for the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships, will be on hand to answer your questions and share their training tips. Attend the 30 minute presentation, improve your running, and have a chance to win a prize!



Bib Pick-Up

Friday, September 28, 2018

During the Vendor Fair located at Birkie Ridge from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • No Race Day Registration – Registration for individual races is available online or in-person at the Expo until 7:00 p.m.
  • All Relay Teams must be registered by 11:59 pm central time, Wednesday, September 26th.
  • All Ultra Runners must pick up their bib on Friday – No race morning bib pick up for Ultra Marathon

Saturday, September 29, 2018

In the Vendor Fair Tent beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Travel and Lodging

North Woods Get Away

The Birkie Trail Run Events start and finish at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead, located in 12.5 miles north of Hayward, WI, the “Gateway to the Historic Northwoods” and 5 miles south of the town of Cable, WI. Within driving distance from Duluth, MN 1:20, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 2:40, Madison, WI 4:50, and Chicago, IL 7:00.


Pitch your tent or park your camper within sight of the start/finish! Camping is available at Birkie Ridge on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th.

There will be portable toilets, water,and community fire pit available.  No generators or pets allowed at the campground.

  • Cost is $10 per night per camping unit (tent, RV, camper, etc)
  • Pre-register online or at bib pick-up until 7 pm on Friday.
  • Check-in and register on site from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, & at bib pick-up on Saturday.
  • Check-out is by 12-noon Sunday.

Click Here to register for Camping at Birkie Ridge Trailhead. For more information contact birkie@birkie.com.

Lodging Options Are Available from the Regional Tourism Offices

Hayward Lakes Visitor & Convention Bureau

Sawyer County, WI, USA
800-724-2992 or 715-634-4801

Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce

800-724-2992 or 715-634-8662

Cable Area Chamber of Commerce


Rice Lake Tourism

800-523-6318 or 715-234-8888

Ashland Chamber of Commerce


Course Information

Google Map of 2017 Birkie Trail Run Courses

The Trail Run Project is a cool resource for exploring trails around the world, including interactive maps of the Birkie Trail Run Festival.

Marathon & Marathon Relay
Presented by Carlson MD and FITS

*Please note course has been modified slightly from 2017!

The individual Marathon course starts and finishes on a 1.5 mile out and back spur trail with a single counter clockwise loop in between. It is on 100 % trails, featuring the best of the rolling hills of the Birkie Trail and three sections of CAMBA single-track. The Birkie Trail is wide and grass covered. The profile is famous for its relentless terrain changes. The ups and downs, though relatively short in height difference, are steep, many in excess of 20%.  There are no huge, mountainous climbs, but the many small steep climbs add up to a lot of vertical.  There are 4 miles total of single-track. These sections have a dirt surface and are relatively smooth with occasional stones and roots. These sections include two of the longer climbs on the course, but are significantly less steep than the Birkie Trail. There is a one mile section of the course that utilizes the Northend Ski Trail. This section is similar in terrain and surface to the Birkie Trail but is much narrower. There are 5 aid stations along the course. Total Distance: 26.2 miles

Half Marathon & USATF Half Marathon Championship
Presented by HydraPak

The Half Marathon is a held on shorter version of the Marathon course (see the description above). It is 100% trail and includes many of the Birkie Trail hills and a single, three mile section of CAMBA single-track. There are 3 aid stations along the course. Total Distance: 13.1 miles

100 km Ultra Marathon
Presented by Rivers Eatery

Please note the Ultra course has changed for 2018!

The new course will follow the Marathon Course for 1 lap, return to the start stadium and head out on another partial lap of the Marathon Course. The new course will deviate from the Marathon Course after the Timber Trail aid station and continue to the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.  The remaining route to Cable will be very similar to the 2017 route.  Please watch the website for new course descriptions, distances, and maps.

The Ultra is held on a loop course starting  at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead and finishing in downtown Cable. The backbone of the course is the Birkie Ski Trail which is wide and grass covered. The profile is famous for its relentless terrain changes. The ups and downs, though relatively short in height difference, are steep, many in excess of 20%.  There are no huge, mountainous climbs, but the many small steep climbs add up to a lot of vertical.  There are approximately 28 miles total of CAMBA single-track. These sections have a dirt surface and are relatively smooth with occasional stones and roots. The single-track is much less steep than the Birkie Trail. It is generally fast and easy running. Total Distance: 62 miles

Friday, Sept 28 6:00 p.m. — Ultra marathon pre-race briefing at the Birkie Vendor Tent at Birkie Ridge (bib pick-up location)

5 km Run / Walk

The 5 km course will start and finish at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead, climb up the Birkie Ridge connector trail, turn on to a small forest road, then to a segment low traffic gravel road, then it turns into the the ski trails through the neighboring Nordic Ridge development, and then back into the field, heading to the finish. There is one drink station on the course. Total distance 5 km (3.1 miles)

Nordic Trek

The 10 mile course is on 100% Birkie Trail. The course starts and finishes on a 1.5 mile out and back spur trail with a single counter clockwise loop in between. The profile features the best of the Birkie Trail’s relentless ups and down. The trail surface is wide and grass covered. There are two aid stations. Total distance; 10 miles.

Dive for the Dirt & Kid’s 1K Fun Run
Presented by Hayward Area Memorial Hospital

Kids need something to do at the Birkie Trail Run, too!  Dive for the Dirt is an obstacle course with slack lines, cargo net crawls, balance beams, hay bale scrambles, tunnel crawls, and more!

The 1K Fun Run will travel through the field and woods at Birkie Ridge and inspire children to stay active!  Chocolate milk for all runners at the finish line!

Race Day Schedule & Information


Saturday, September 29 — Race Day Schedule

5:30 AMUltra Marathon Start
6:30 AMBib Pick Up Opens
8:00 AMMarathon Start
8:30 AMMarathon Relay Start
9:00 AMDive for the Dirt Kid's Obstacle Course Open
9:15 AMHalf Marathon Start
9:30 AMTrek Start
9:45 AM5K Start
10:30 AMPost Race Party Begins
11:00 AM5K Overall & Age Group Awards
11:30 AMHalf Marathon Overall and Age Group Awards and USATF Awards
11:45 AMKid's Warm Up & 1 km Race
12:15 PM Marathon & Relay Overall Awards
12:45PM Marathon Age Group Awards
3:00 PMFinal Marathon Finish Cut-Off
6:00 PMUltra Champion Awards
11:00 PMFinal Ultra Finisher Cut-Off

Getting to the Start

All of the races, except for the Ultra Marathon, will start and finish at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead, 2.4 miles north of Seeley WI on Highway 63.  The Ultra Marathon starts here and finishes in downtown Cable.  There is ample parking at Birkie Ridge, please enter the southern entrance and exit the north entrance.

Aid Stations

There are three Aid Station locations for the Birkie Trail Run, most are used twice, depending on the race.  All participants should plan to carry their own supplies between stations.

Each aid station is staffed with friendly volunteers to help you refuel and offer medical assistance. The aid stations are supplied with water, Nuun Drink (Strawberry Blueberry flavor), GU Gels, fruit, and cookies.

Relay Teams

Each team member will be assigned the same number, however all legs of the the relay will be timed.

  • 3-Person Teams must have 2 or 3 runners and may exchange at any of the 5 exchange zones at the Marathon aid stations.
  • 6-Person Teams must have 4 to 6 runners and may exchange at any of the 5 exchange zones at the Marathon aid stations.
  • 3-Person Mixed teams must have at least one member of each sex on their team.
  • 6-Person Mixed teams must have at least two members of each sex on their team.
  • The exchanges are executed by the passing of a slap bracelet which will be given to the team leader at bib pick up.
  • All members of a 40+ team must be 40 years old or older on September 30, 2017.
  • The exchange zone at the Seeley Fire Tower Aid Station is only accessed via a minimum maintenance forest road, it can only be accessed with a high clearance vehicle.

Cut-Off Times

12:00 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - NorthboundMarathon
1:00 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - SouthboundMarathon
2:15 pmFire Tower Aid StationMarathon/Half Marathon/Trek
3:00 pmBirkie Ridge - Finish
Marathon/Half Marathon/Trek
4:30 pmBoedecker Aid Station -NorthboundUltra
6:00 pm Timber Trail Aid Station - NorthboundUltra
7:30 pmBirkie Trailhead Aid StationUltra
9:30 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - SouthboundUltra
11:00 pmCable - FinishUltra



The most popular spectator points are near the Aid Stations. These are the only locations where the courses are near roads. See the Google Map of Birkie Trail Run Events for locations. If you are planning to cheer on a runner at an aid station, please keep away from the immediate area around the workers. The Fire Tower Aid Station is on a very rough road and is only accessible by a vehicle with high clearance.

Please … No Dogs at Event

To assure the safety of all participants and spectators, no pets or strollers are allowed on the course. Pets are also not allowed anywhere on the event grounds, including the course, start / finish line area, tent, food, and spectator areas. Pets must be confined it to the parking area at Birkie Ridge.



Every participant in the Birkie Trail Run, Relay & Trek events will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a post-race meal, including your first Birkie Brewski Beer or soda for free!

Ultra runners who finish within the 17.5 hour cut-off will receive a gift commemorating their finish.

100k Ultra Overall Cash Prize

Cash prizes provided by Presenting Sponsor, Rivers Eatery, will be awarded to top overall male and female finishers in the 100k ultra marathon according to the table below.

PlacePrize Money (US $)

Marathon Overall Cash Prize

Cash prizes will be awarded to top overall male and female finishers in the marathon according to the table below.

PlacePrize Money (US $)

Half Marathon Overall & Master Cash Prize

A total purse of $4300 will be awarded to top overall and Master (40+) male and female finishers in the half marathon according to the table below.

PlacePrize Money (US $)
1st Master (40+)$250

5K Overall Prize

The first male and female across the line in the 5K will receive a certificate for a pair of Salomon shoes.  Second and third place overall in the 5k, male and female, will each receive a gift card for the Birkie Store.

Marathon Relay Prize

Each team member of the overall first place 3- and 6-person relay teams will be awarded  a certificate for a pair of Salomon shoes!

Relays are awarded in the following categories: Open Men; Open Women; Open Mixed Sex; Master (40+)  Men; Master (40+) Women; Master (40+) Mixed Sex

Salomon Shoes for Winners in All Races

First place overall, male and female, in the Ultra, Marathon, Half marathon, and 5 Km races will receive a certificate for a pair of Salomon Shoes.

USA Track & Field Half Marathon Awards

Members of USATF are eligible to win Championship Medals for the Trail Half Marathon Championships which be awarded to the top ten overall finishers and the top three in 5 year age groups for those 40 and over.

Age Group Awards

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners, male and female,will receive a special award in each of the following classes.

  • Marathon – 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
  • Half Marathon – 13-17,18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
  • 5 km – Under 8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70-79, 80+

Must be present at the Award Ceremony to receive prize.  Awards will not be mailed out after the event.

Celebrate The Run - Two Post-Race Parties

Post-Race Celebration—in the Big Tent!

All race participants can enjoy a post-race Mediterranean chicken sandwich (vegetarian option available) provided by the Corner Deli and their first Birkie Brew-Ski ale  included with their entry. Friends and family can purchase a meal for $5. There will be chocolate milk available for the kid’s after their race.

Saturday Night Celebration at Rivers Eatery

Join us at Rivers Eatery in Cable for an evening celebration. Rivers is one the finest hang-outs on the trails, famous for good pizza, good beer, and good people.  The Ultra Award Ceremony is at 6:00 pm.  All ultra runners will receive a free meal at Rivers after their race.


Want to get involved, see the event up close and personal, be part of what makes Birkie events great? We’d love to hear from you! Contact the Birkie at 715-634-5025 x: 2 or birkie@birkie.com and put “Trail Run Volunteer” in the subject line. There is no obligation—we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!

Click Here to Volunteer!

Elite Athletes

The American Birkebeiner Foundation has commitment to supporting elite athletes at all of our events. We can offer travel and lodging assistance to eligible competitors in the Birkie Trail Run races. Send inquiries to elite@birkie.com



Title Sponsor



Dr. Carlson
Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Marathon Relay
Presenting Sponsor
Half Marathon – USATF Championship
The Rivers Eatery
The Rivers Eatery
Presenting Sponsor
100K Ultra
Memorial Medical Center - Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
Presenting Sponsor
Kids 1K and “Dive for the Dirt!”
Obstacle Course
Corner Deli
Presenting Sponsor
Post-Race BBQ



GU Energy Gel
Clif Bar
Hayward Coffee Company
Marketplace Foods
Telemark Vacation Condos

Vendor Fair

Check out our Birkie Vendor Fair with great gear, clothing, and more while you wait for your friends and family to cross the finish line and dig into the post-race BBQ from The Corner Deli. Find your favorite part of the festival at this year’s Birkie Trail Run!

  • Salomon – Trail Running and XC Skiing!
  • FITS Socks
  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Gear West
  • Hayward Coffee Company
  • Leki Poles
  • Mainstream Boutique
  • New Moon Ski & Bike
  • Riverbrook Bike & Ski
  • Telemark Vacation Condominiums
  • Katie Wilkins Massage
  • Plus …
    ABSF Booth – “Support Your Birkie Fever!”
    And, the Birkie Store