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.
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 3||January 4 - February 19|
|Warm Up||Golf Course only||8:30 to 9:15 am|
|Bib Pick Up||Celebration Tent||8:30 to 9:45 am|
|Expert 5 km Start||Main & 2nd Streets||9:30 am|
|Novice 3 km Start||Main & 2nd Streets||10:15 am|
|Awards||Celebration Plaza||Following Novice race|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.