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!
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.
Register Online until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27th 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 25th 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 Friday, September 20, 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 email@example.com.
Get reimbursed up to 100% on your Trail Run registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons including:
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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 bibs. We will place your team in the appropriate team category based on age on race day and gender of your participants.
Relay Teams will be placed in one of 12 categories:
|3 Person FEMALE OPEN||3 Person FEMALE MASTERS||6 Person FEMALE OPEN||6 Person FEMALE MASTERS|
|3 Person MALE OPEN||3 Person MALE MASTERS||6 Person MALE OPEN||6 Person MALE MASTERS|
|3 Person MIXED OPEN||3 Person MIXED MASTERS||6 Person MIXED OPEN||6 Person MIXED MASTERS|
Participants in the Half Marathon must be 13 years old or older by September 28, 2019.
Marathon and Ultra Participants must be 18 years old or older by September 28, 2019
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
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
With this event being a USATF Championships event, athletes are subject to drug testing by a certified WADA lab.
Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF and IAAF rules, in accordance with USOC, USADA, or IAAF procedures. Athletes found, after a disciplinary hearing, to be positive for prohibited substances, as defined by the WADA Code and/or IAAF, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from this event and may lose eligibility for future competitions. Any prize money payable to an athlete who has tested positive shall be withheld until the final disposition of all disciplinary proceedings. BEWARE: Some prescriptions, over the counter medications, and nutritional supplements may contain prohibited substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA Reference Hotline at 1-800-233-0393, or www.usantidoping.org.
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 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
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)
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.
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!
THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION FOR THE BIRKIE TRAIL RUN and TREK EVENTS (except for Kid’s Race)
|5:30 AM||Ultra Marathon Start|
|6:30 AM||Bib Pick Up Opens|
|8:00 AM||Marathon Start|
|8:30 AM||Marathon Relay Start|
|9:00 AM||Dive for the Dirt Kid's Obstacle Course Open|
|9:15 AM||Half Marathon Start|
|9:30 AM||Trek Start|
|9:45 AM||5K Start|
|10:30 AM||Post Race Party Begins|
|11:00 AM||5K Overall & Age Group Awards
|11:35 AM||Half Marathon Overall and Age Group Awards and USATF Awards
|11:45 AM||Kid's Warm Up & 1 km Race|
|12:45 PM||Marathon & Relay Overall Awards|
|1:15PM||Marathon Age Group Awards|
|3:00 PM||Final Marathon Finish Cut-Off
|6:00 PM||Ultra Champion Awards (at Rivers' Eatery)|
|11:00 PM||Final Ultra Finisher Cut-Off
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.
There are three Aid Station locations for the Birkie Trail Run (most are used twice) depending on the race. Aid Stations WILL NOT supply disposable paper cups. Bring your own hydration vessel.
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. All beverages will be in pitchers and volunteers will be prepared to re-fill your hydration vessel with your choice of fluid.
|12:00 pm||Timber Trail Aid Station - Northbound||Marathon|
|1:00 pm||Timber Trail Aid Station - Southbound||Marathon|
|2:15 pm||Fire Tower Aid Station||Marathon/Half Marathon/Trek
|3:00 pm||Birkie Ridge - Finish||Marathon/Half Marathon/Trek|
|4:30 pm||Boedecker Aid Station -Northbound||Ultra|
|6:00 pm||Timber Trail Aid Station - Northbound||Ultra|
|7:30 pm||Birkie Trailhead Aid Station||Ultra|
|9:30 pm||Timber Trail Aid Station - Southbound||Ultra|
|11:00 pm||Cable - Finish||Ultra|
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.
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.
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 27th and Saturday, September 28th.
There will be portable toilets, water,and community fire pit available. No generators or pets allowed at the campground.
Click Here to register for Camping at Birkie Ridge Trailhead. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
800-724-2992 or 715-634-8662
800-523-6318 or 715-234-8888
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.
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 email@example.com and put “Trail Run Volunteer” in the subject line. There is no obligation—we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!
Birkie Trail Run & Trek History
**Course lengths and routes have changed over the years so year to year time comparisons are not accurate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!