Seven Events, One Amazing Day.

The events will traverse the rolling hills and twists & turns of the famous Birkie Trail.  You’ll see beautiful vistas from atop Mt. Telemark and run on challenging hills, all within the beautiful forests of northwest Wisconsin.  If you love to run on a great trail in the midst of nature, this is the event to put on your calendar NOW. Hills for breakfast anyone? See you in September!

The Birkie Trail Run Festival will start & finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, in Cable, WI.

The ABSF is pleased that the Birkie Trail Run Festival’s half marathon has once again been named the USA Track and Field 2022 Half Marathon Trail Championship!




2022 Registration is Now Open!

Choose Your Event!

  • Marathon (26.2 miles)
  • 3-Person Marathon Relay (26.2 miles)
  • 6-Person Marathon Relay (26.2 miles)
  • Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Nordic Trek (8.5 mile hike with or without trekking poles)
  • 5 km Run/Walk
  • 1 km Kids Dash (Free but please register)

Free Race Entry with purchase of $1000 or more at Slumberland. Birkie Ski Run Bike Events. Click for Complete Details.

 Jan 1 thru May 17May 18 thru June 16June 17 thru August 11August 12 thru September 8September 9 thru September 23
Marathon Relay, 3-person$130$145$160$175$190
Marathon Relay, 6-person$260$290$320$350$380
Half Marathon$70$80$90$100$110
Trek - 8.5 miles$45$55$65$75$85
5 Km Run/Walk$35$40$45$50$55
5 km Ages 12 and Under$10$10$10$10$10
1 km Kids Dash Ages 9 and UnderFREEFREEFREEFREEFREE

Relay Event Registration

The first member to register a team will pay for the entire team.  Other members must register, but will not be charged.  Only registered team members will receive a bib and trail run swag. We will place your team in the appropriate team category based on age on race day and gender of your participants.

Age Restrictions

Participants in the Half Marathon and Marathon Relay must be 13 years old or older by September 25, 2022. Marathon participants must be 18 years old or older by September 25, 2022.

Registration Deadlines

Register online until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022. There is no in-person or race-day registration.

Team Relay registration closes on Wednesday, September 21st at 11:59 p.m.

Register through September 1 to guarantee a Birkie Trail Run t-shirt!

Race Change Requests

Participants may transfer their entry from one Birkie Trail Run event to another at any time until 11:59 pm CDT on Friday, September 16, 2022.  To transfer events, click here, find your registration and click on “Transfer Race” on the bottom of the page. No partial 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 RELAY race change, please first register the NEW member(s), then email to remove the old member(s).

Marathon Relay Categories

Marathon Relay Teams will be placed in one of 12 categories:

3 Person Female Open3 Person Female Masters6 Person Female Open6 Person Female Masters
3 Person Male Open3 Person Male Masters6 Person Male Open6 Person Male Masters
3 Person Mixed Open3 Person Mixed Masters6 Person Mixed Open6 Person Mixed Masters
  • 3-Person Teams must have 2 or 3 team members and may exchange at any of the 5 exchange zones at the marathon aid stations.
  • 3-Person Mixed Teams must have one member of each gender.
  • 6-Person Teams must have 4 to 6 team members and may exchange at any of the 5 exchange zones at the marathon aid stations.
  • 6-Person Mixed Teams must have two members of each gender.  A 6-Person Team with only one person of either gender will not qualify for any team category.
  • A Masters’ team requires ALL members to be 40+ years old as of September 24, 2022.

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons.  Next Wave Insurance offers Regsaver so you can insure your non-refundable registration fee in case injury, illness, or another covered peril occurs.* Please see policy for complete list of covered perils at Limitations and exclusions apply. Next Wave Insurance, CA License #: OF00755.

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Learn More About RegSaver Registration Protection!

Birkie GreenBirkie Trail Run Festival is a cupless event!  Bring your own hydration vessel or during registration purchase a reusable and collapsible cup to use on course and at future races!

Cupless Racing Sponsored by HydraPak.  Register by September 19th to purchase a cup during the registration process.  You’ll get your HydraPak speed cup at bib pick-up.

2022 BTR COVID19 Policy

Participants are encouraged to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test before coming to the Birkie Trail Run and Hayward/Cable area.  Complete a symptom self-checker before attending the event and do not attend the event if you are feeling ill for any reason.

Any participant, volunteer, spectator, or staff that exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.

Course Information

All events start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, WI!

Time Limits

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and there are time limits for each event!

The following time limits are in place for each event:

  • Marathon and Relay:  7 hours, must cross the finish line by 3 pm
  • Half Marathon: 4 hours
  • Trek: 4 hours
  • 5K: 2 hours

Marathon & Marathon Relay
Presented by Carlson MD

Half Marathon/Marathon Course Map

Marathon Course Map

Total Distance: 26.2 miles
Get ready for two laps of the course!

Presented by Anderson’s Maple Syrup

Half Marathon/Marathon Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map

Total Distance: 13.1 miles

We are proud to be hosting the 2022 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship!

Participants do not have to be USATF members to run in the half marathon, but must have a valid USATF membership to place on the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship podium.  Click here for more information on WI USATF membership.  For more information on the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships, please email

Athletes who participate in National Championships and Team USA competitions are subject to drug testing performed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in accordance with the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing.

5 km Run / Walk
Presented by Kemps

Total distance 5 km (3.1 miles)

5k Run/Walk Map

5k Run/Walk Map

The 5km course will take you on the Birkie Skate trail to smaller ski trails and give you a tour of some of the expanded trail system around the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.  With 350 feet of elevation gain, it’s a nice rolling course to put your legs to the test!


Nordic Trek
Presented by Leki Poles

Total distance: 8.5 miles *Due to trail construction, the Trek is now 9 miles!

  • 900 feet of elevation gain on the Trek course.
  • The Trek course will follow most of the Half Marathon course, but head back to the finish earlier to offer a shorter distance.  The Trek course will join with the 5K course after the Stadium aid station before making its way to the finish line.  This event is timed for safety purposes, but no overall or age group awards are given.


1 km Kids Dash
Presented by Hayward Area Memorial Hospital

The 1 km Kids Dash course will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead following ski trails for a fun run.  No overall or age group awards are given, also no t-shirts available.  Team Birkie will lead the kids around the 1K course! Total distance 1 km.

Dive for the Dirt

Kids can have fun and stay active all day at the Trail Run!  Climb over, through, on, and in obstacles! Wear athletic shoes and bring some energy!

Bib Pick-Up

Bib Pick-up

  • No Race Day Registration – Registration for individual races is available online only until Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm central time.
  • All Relay Teams must be registered by 11:59 pm central time, Wednesday, September 21st.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Bib Pick-Up is from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Bib Pick-Up starts at 6:30 am at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead

Race Day Schedule & Information

Birkie Trail Run Event Schedule

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
11:35 AMHalf Marathon Awards - Overall, Age Class and USATF National Championship
11:45 AMKid's Warm Up & 1 km Race
12:45 PM Marathon Awards - Overall, Relay
1:15PM Marathon Age Group Awards
3:00 PMFinal Marathon Finish Cut-Off


Birkie Trail Run Vehicle Route and Parking MapGetting to the Start

All of the races will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.  Arrive at the start from Telemark Rd- take Hwy M east from Cable, take a right (south) on Telemark Rd., drive past the old lodge and follow the signs to parking and/or bib pick-up.  Exit the start/finish area on McNaught Rd.  There is ample parking at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.

Aid Stations

Birkie GreenThere are three Aid Station locations for the Birkie Trail Run depending on the race.  There are no aid stations on the 5K course. Aid Stations WILL NOT supply disposable paper cups.  Bring your own hydration vessel.

Aid Station Locations:

  • Timber Trail
  • Stadium
  • Birkie Trailhead (marathon only)

Marathon/Relay Cut-Off Times

11:30 amBirkie Trail Head - second lap
12:30 pmTimber Trail Aid Station - second lap
1:30 pmStadium - second lap
3:00 pmBirkie Trail Head - Finish

Half Marathon Cut-Off Times

10:45 amTimber Trail Aid Station
11:45 amStadium
1:30 pmBirkie Trail Head - Finish

Nordic Trek Cut-Off Times

11:30 amTimber Trail Aid Station
1:00 pmStadium
1:30 pmBirkie Trail Head - Finish

Drop Outs

If you are dropping out of the race, please report to an Aid Station Chief or at the Finish.

Post Race Party

Celebrate with an Earth Rider beer at the finish!  One beer/participant.


Spectators are encouraged to attend the event and follow all COVID19 safety protocols. Please perform a self check before attending the event and stay home if you are not feeling well.   If you are planning to cheer on a runner at an aid station, please keep away from the immediate area around the workers.  Keep in mind that parking space is limited at the Timber Trail aid station.  If you would like to get text and/or email updates when a runner hits a race checkpoint, click here.

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, Great Hall, food, and spectator areas.


The first 1000 participants in the Birkie Trail Run events will receive the 2022 Birkie Trail Run  event t-shirt.  Stay tuned for the 2022 design!

Marathon Awards


The top 3 male and female marathon finishers will be awarded podium 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 Awards

A total of $6000 in prize money!


The top 3 male and female Half Marathon finishers will be awarded podium awards!

Cash prizes for the Half Marathon, male and female:

  • 1st place $1000
  • 2nd place $800
  • 3rd place $600
  • 4th place $400
  • 5th place $200

Age Class

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

  • Half Marathon – 13-17,18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship

The first male and female USATF members across the finish line will win the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships!  Make sure your USATF number is current or become a member here.

USATF members are also eligible for USATF Age Group Awards in the following categories:

  • Open (top 10)
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85-89
  • 90-94

5K Awards


The first three male and female finishers will receive podium awards.

Age Class

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

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

Marathon Relay Awards

Each team member of the overall first place 3- and 6-person relay teams will be awarded category champions in the relay!

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

Travel, Lodging, & Childcare

North Woods Getaway

The Birkie Trail Run Events start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, located about 17 miles north of Hayward, WI, the “Gateway to the Historic Northwoods” in the town of Cable, WI. Within driving distance from Duluth, MN 1:30, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 3:00, Madison, WI 4:50, and Chicago, IL 7:20.

Lodging Options Are Available from the Regional Tourism Offices

No onsite camping will be available in 2021.

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


Jr. Naturalist Camp at the Cable Natural History Museum

Drop-off program for kids in grades K-6 offers environmental education through games, art, ad outdoor exploration at the Cable Natural History Museum’s Wayside Wanderings Natural Play Area. Activities begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 11:30 a.m. Early drop-off, lunch, and late pick-up are available for Birkie Trail Run participants. Register by September 9th! Cost is $25.00, plus $10.00 for lunch and late pick-up.


Celebrate Your Run

Post-Race Celebration

We’re looking forward to a fun, outdoor celebration with a complimentary brew from Earth Rider Brewery. 

Gear Up

Stay well hydrated at the Birkie Trail Run. You will carry your own hydration and fuel with you for this event—water refill will be available. Find the perfect solution for you, from handhelds to packs.  Click here for hydration gear options.

Train to Run

Be ready for those Birkie hills! Running uphill often seems too hard or we try to run too quickly and explode. Improve your uphill technique with these tips.

Uphill Running Tips
Training Plans


Want to get involved, see the event up close and personal, be part of what makes Birkie events great?  Become a Birkie Volunteer!  Birkie Trail Run Festival Volunteer shifts will open Friday, June 24

Click Here to Volunteer!

Elite Athletes

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is committed to supporting elite athletes at all of our events. Send inquiries to to see what support is available.



Title Sponsor
Overall Title Sponsor of the Birkie Trail Run Festival


Gold Circle Elite
Gold Level Sponsors of the Major Birkie Events Year-Round

Earth Rider Brewery
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
GU Energy Gel
New Moon Ski Shop
Kwik Trip

Presenting Sponsors
Sponsors of the Birkie Trail Run Festival


Carlson MD
Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
100K Ultra / Ultra Relay
Anderson's Maple Syrup
Anderson’s Maple Syrup
Presenting Sponsor
Half Marathon
Leki Poles
Leki Poles
Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
Presenting Sponsor
1K Kids Race


Supporting Sponsors
Sponsors of the Birkie Trail Run Festival


Backroads Coffee
Marketplace Foods
FITS Socks