The Lumberjack Run is headed to the forest!  The 2020 run/walk event will be held at Fish Hatchery Park on the Birkie Trail, Fish Hatchery Trail, and through Hatchery Creek Village.

The Birkie’s Lumberjack Run may look different this year, but the important thing is that runners & walkers will be outside and moving!  We are taking precautions to provide a safe event for all participants.  In order to implement COVID-19 safety measures*, we’ve moved the location of the 2020 Lumberjack Run/Walk.

If your travel plans to Hayward have changed or you don’t feel comfortable in a small crowd, don’t worry!  The race is also available to you as a virtual event, allowing you to participate from wherever you are!  You’ll still get your bib, your Lumberjack Run t-shirt, and you’ll be keeping the Lumberjack spirit alive right out your own backdoor.

Please read participant guidance and rules, as well as the recommended precautions to keep yourself and others healthy.

*The ABSF reserves the right to make changes to the format of the Lumberjack Run based on guidance from local health authorities.  Our priority is to keep athletes, volunteers, staff, and our local community safe and healthy.


2020 Lumberjack Run/Walk Registration

Registration Fee:

  • Ages 18 and over:
    • $30 – June 12 through July 28
    • $35 – July 29 through July 31
    • $40 – August 1 (race day)
  • Ages 17 and under: $10 through race day.
  • Virtual Run for all ages:
    • $30 through August 1
  • Registrations after July 5th will not be guaranteed t-shirt or size availability.  7/21 Update:  There are still a few shirts left!  Register now to ensure you get one!

Race Format

Choose the format that works for you – both in-person and virtual options are available!  

In-Person at Fish Hatchery Park

  • You’ll choose your start time during the registration process. In order to minimize passing, faster participants are encouraged to choose earlier start corrals.
  • Race starts will occur every 10 minutes from 7:30-10:30 am on Saturday, August 1.
  • Each start corral will have a maximum of 20 starters/runners/walkers and a 10 minute window to begin your timed event.
  • The 5K run/walk will take you on a challenging course through Hatchery Creek Village to the Birkie Trail and Fish Hatchery Ski Trails.  The course is at least 15 feet wide and will provide for social distancing and room to pass.
  • There will be no aid stations on the course, please carry your own hydration and energy, if needed.
  • Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!  Use #lumberjack20

In Person – 5K Run/Walk Event Bib Pick-Up, Guidelines, & Procedures

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning, August 1, for a fun run on the trails!  Make sure to download the RAceJoy app (see below) for a fun Lumberjack 5K Run/Walk race experience.  Read this for everything you need to know for race morning: Birkie Lumberjack 5K Run/Walk Event Safety Procedures

Virtual Race

No need to be at Fish Hatchery Park to enjoy the 2020 Lumberjack Run!  Run or walk right out your front door.  Simply choose your favorite 5K route and get started!  We’ll mail your bib and t-shirt to you on July 27th or August 3rd (depending on your registration date).  Run your 5K Virtual Lumberjack Run anytime between July 29th and August 5th.  There are 2 ways to submit results:

  • Use the RaceJoy app (see details and instructions below)
  • email your results to
  • Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!  Use #lumberjack20

If you submit results either way, you will be entered into a drawing for a free individual entry to any Birkie event.


We know its hard to leave spectators and cheering fans at home, so we’re using RaceJoy to increase your race experience. We are offering free tracking and cheer sending in the RaceJoy mobile App. If you carry your phone during the race, you can receive audio Progress Alerts as you complete the course. These are typically sent out at every mile. Also, people can track your blue dot on a map and send you fun cheers! Whether your event is in-person or virtual, you can use RaceJoy! Download RaceJoy now to get set up! Available for Apple and Android devices.

RaceJoy Tracking How-To


  • Runners/walkers must register online, there is no in-person registration available.
  • Online only registration is available until 10:00 am on race day.
  • We’ll have your bib packet waiting for you.
  • Families are welcome to participate in this event- even if they have to ride in a stroller!

Furry Friends

For the safety of all of our runners & walkers, dogs are not allowed in the run/walk or on the race course.


  • Update 7/20:  There are still t-shirts available!  Register soon to reserve your size!
  • For registrations received after July 5, t-shirts may not be available and sizes are not guaranteed.




The top male, top female and one lucky finisher (drawn at random) will win a free entry to any individual Birkie event! One virtual runner that submits their time before August 7th will be randomly chosen for a free entry to any individual Birkie event!

Schedule/Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup

  • Bib pick-up will be by drive-up only.  Follow the signs at the Birkie Office or Fish Hatchery Park to pick up your bib from your car.  Simply drive-up, provide your name to the staff person, and your bib packet will be brought to you!  We encourage 1 person to pick up all the bibs in your family/running group, if possible.
  • Bib pick-up will be available at the Birkie office/store, Hayward, WI, on Friday, July 31, from 2pm-5pm.
  • Race day packet pick up will be on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 7am to 10am at Fish Hatchery Park. Please pick your packet up no more than 30 minutes before your start corral time.

Race Schedule

  • 7:30- 10:30 am Race Start
  • Pick your start corral during registration (runners earlier slots/walkers later slots).
  • Each start corral will have a limited number of runners & walkers to naturally spread out participants every 10 minutes.

Course Map

5k (3.2 miles) Course

Thank you to Hatchery Creek Village for trail use!

Elevation Profile

Darn Fine Sponsors

Lumberjack Run Sponsors: Enbridge, Anglers Bar and Grill, Hansen Family Chiropractic, Backroads Coffee, Chippewa Valley Bank, Hayward Family Dentistry, Tremblay's Sweet Shop, Tworek Construction, WRLS