The Birkie Adaptive Ski event is an exciting part of the American Birkebeiner’s Thursday Events. These races features para-athletes competing head to head in three categories, sit-ski, visual impaired, and standing adaptive, over two different distances. Category results are determined by applying a factor to each finisher’s time based on how their impairment impacts their skiing. New athletes can compete in the 1 km race and experienced athletes in the 3 km race. Both races start on Lake Hayward, go over the International Bridge and finish on the Birkie Finish Line on Hayward’s Main St.

Registration and Schedule

Registration fee per skier is $25. Online registration closes on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 11:59 pm.
Race day registration is at the Registration Tent from 8:00 until 9:00 am.

Event Schedule

Bib Pick Up & Registration Registration Tent at Beach8:00 am
1 km Mass StartHayward Beach9:00 am
3 km Mass StartHayward Beach9:05 am
Award CeremonyCelebration Plaza10:15 am

To Make Other Arrangements for bib pick up: Call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025.

Courses and Venues

The races start on Lake Hayward near the Town Beach. There is accessible parking near the registration tent.
From the start, both races go up and over the International Bridge and head up Main St. The 1 km race does a U-turn just above 4th Street and heads back to finish at the Birkie Finish Line. The 3 km race continues up Main St. to the Primary School, does a loop on the golf course and returns to the finish. There is accessible parking adjacent to the Celebration Plaza.
Adaptive Birkie and other Thursday Events Map

Race Details


There are designated accessible parking places at the start (near the the registration tent) and at the finish (near the Celebration Tent).

Cut-off Times

The Adaptive Birkie is the first event of of action packed Thursday Thrills. All skiers must comply with the cut-off time in order to start the next event on time. Skiers that reach the 1 km cut-off point after 9:20 am will be can not continue on course and will be directed to the finish.


All finishers will receive a Birkie Finisher Medal.

Overall Awards
The first three male and female finishers in the sit-ski, standing, and visually impaired categories, in both the 1 km novice and 3 km expert races will receive an award.


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Looking for a bigger challenge? There are adaptive classes available for the Birkie & Korte races. Contact for details.

New to Adaptive Skiing? Learn about programs and resources available through the CXC Adaptive Program.

Other questions? Contact the Birkie Office or 715.634.5025