An opportunity for the dogs to show off their "Barkie Fever"!

This event is a great opportunity for skiers and spectators to enjoy the sport of Skijoring and for the dogs to show off their “Barkie Fever”!

Skijoring combines cross country skiing with dog power. The skier is attached to his/her dog with a belt and towline. The dog then runs ahead as the skier skis. Skijoring is a team sport which allows both human and canine counterparts to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.

Skijoring is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving. The sport has been around for hundreds of years and originally started using reindeer and wooden skis. The sport also uses horses, but dogs are now the most common animal used in skijoring.

Most medium size dogs (30 pounds and up) who are trained properly can be candidates for skijoring.

Registration & Schedule

Registration – Event Limited to 100 Teams Total

Online registration closes on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 11:59 pm. Race day registration is available (unless race is full) at the Celebration Tent from 8:30 am until 9:45 am.  Skiers must be at least 13 years old on race day.

 September 4 - January 3January 4 - February 19
3k Skijor$35$40
5k Skijor$35$40


Warm UpGolf Course only8:30 to 9:15 am
Bib Pick UpCelebration Tent8:30 to 9:45 am
Expert 5 km StartMain & 2nd Streets9:30 am
Novice 3 km StartMain & 2nd Streets10:15 am
AwardsCelebration PlazaFollowing Novice race

Race Courses

The 5K is for fast, experienced teams that can finish a 5K race in 25 minutes or less.  The 5K race will travel over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge in both directions.

The 3K is for novice, slower, or inexperienced teams that can compete a 3K race in 40 minutes or less.

Dog Requirements

All dogs must be sufficiently fit to be able to complete the course without risk of injury.

Dogs must be healthy and have up-to-date vaccinations.

Event Details

General Rules

  • Entry is limited to one person + 1 dog
  • Skijorers may ski using either skate or classic technique.
  • Dogs must be treated humanely at all times.
  • Dogs must be controlled and kept from other teams.
  • Loose dogs are not permitted at any time.
  • Aggressive dogs are prohibited from the event.
  • Waste is the dog owner’s responsibility and before or after the race it must be picked up immediately.

Equipment Requirements

  • Skate or classic skis with out metal edges are allowed.
  • Metal ski edges are not permitted.
  • Skijor belt is required and must be padded.
  • Towline must use internal bungee.
  • The distance between the skijorer and the dog should be between 7 feet and 13 feet and 8 inches.
  • A pulling style dog harness is required with padding around the neck area.
  • Each dog must wear a snug fitting dog collar.
  • Under no circumstances can the towline be attached to the dog’s collar or any harness not specifically designed for pulling.

Warm Up

The Barkie Birkie is one of the action-packed Thursday Thrills events.  Warm up is limited only to the golf course portion of the course in the direction of race travel.  Access to the golf course is behind the Hayward Intermediate School on 5th Street, only two blocks from the bib pick up.

Start Format

  • The race will be an “interval start”, with teams starting in pairs at 15 second intervals.
  • All teams should arrive at the start area at least 15 minutes before the start time of their race.
  • Skijorers must provide their own handlers, if there is any concern about maintaining adequate control in the start area.
  • The front tips of the skijorer’s skis must be behind the start line prior to the signal to start. The dog may start “lined out” ahead of the start line.
  • The skijorer’s race bib must be visible to race officials.


  • A passing skijorer must execute a pass only when conditions are safe.
  • The skijorer must shout “Trail”, “On your left”, before attempting to pass.
  • The skijorer being passed should slow and move to the side of the trail, if possible.
  • The skijorer being passed should stop poling and hold their poles behind, low, and away from the passing team
  • Skijorers must stay to the right if facing an oncoming team.
  • Skijorers must exhibit care, good judgment, and fairness whenever passing occurs.


  • Skijorers must exit the finish area as soon as possible.
  • Personal dog handlers are welcome at the finish area but must stay clear of finishing team traffic.


The top three men and women in both Skijoring races–the 5K and 3K–will receive awards and all pre-registered skiers will be eligible for great raffle prizes.


Northern Lakes Feed Mill


New to the Sport?

Many ski shops and outdoor shops can help you fit and purchase skijoring equipment.

Skiers may skijor on the Seeley Hills Trails, Seeley, Wisconsin. From County OO take old Hwy OO to the trailhead.