This is where Birkie Dreams begin!

Due to the lack of natural snow this year, join us on Main Street in Hayward, WI for a fun-run for Barnebirkie 2024! Lace-up your shoes, and let’s do this! Bring the whole family and have some fun together. Don’t worry, cookies and hot cocoa will still be waiting for you when you finish! Kids can choose to run either a 1/2 km, 1 km or 3 km course.

If you are looking for a competitive experience for youth, consider also participating in the Junior Birkie race which will be held at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm!

2024 Barnebirkie Fun-Run

Distances & Start Times

The Barnebirkie will start and finish on Main Street in the Celebration Zone between 3rd and 4th Street in downtown Hayward, WI.

WaveStart TimeDistanceStart LocationRecommend Age
Purple11:30 am500 m (0.3 miles)Celebration Zone, Main Street3 to 8; Beginner
Red11:35 am3 km (1.9 miles)Celebration Zone, Main Street8 to 13; Intermediate to Advanced
Green11:40 am1 km (0.6 miles)Celebration Zone, Main Street5 to 10; Intermediate to Advanced

Wave Assignment

Barne runners registering for the 3 km tour will be in the Red Wave.

Barne runners registering for the 1 km tour will be in the Green Wave.

Barne runners registering for the 500 m tour will be in the Purple Wave.


Registration for the 2024 Barnebirkie is Open!

Registration Fee
Barnebirkie Participant$15

Registration will stay open on-line until the event starts.  There will be no on-site registration.

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons.  Vertical Insure offers Registration Cancellation Insurance so you can insure your non-refundable registration fee in the case injury, illness, or other unexpected events occur.* Please see policy for complete list of covered perils at Limitations and exclusions apply.

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School Groups

Is your school group interested in skiing the Barnebirkie? Great! Please email to find out how to register your group.  School group registration forms must be received at the Birkebeiner office by Thursday, February 8, 2024.

Birkie Junior Gear Bag, $50 – available for pre-order during registration!

  • Available for a special price during Junior Birkie & Barnebirkie registration
  • Produced exclusively for the Birkie by SWIX
  • Participants purchasing the Jr. Gear bag will receive the bag at Bib pick-up in February
  • The ideal bag for youth’s sports and ski gear, both wet and dry; or everyday school use
  • Dimensions: 12″ wide x 9″ deep x 15″ high
  • Reinforced #8 zippers
  • Tarpaulin panel on the bottom section for waterproofing and greater durability
  • Bottom wet-sealed compartment for Nordic Boot storage
  • Sports Shield zipped compartment for glasses or visor, with brushed lining to prevent lens scratches and quick, easy access
  • Large top-load zippered compartment for warm-up clothing, extra hats, and gloves
  • Main pack body is made from tough 600D PVC backed polyester
  • Padded EVA foam back offers cushioning and breathability over pressure points, and padded shoulder straps
  • 2 – side mesh pockets for water bottles
  • This bag may not be used at gear bag drop on race day (Birkie, Korte or Prince Haakon)

Bib Pick Up

Bib pick-up will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at the Intermediate School. Parking can be accessed in the vacant lot across the street from the school on 5th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Additional parking can also be found in the Downtown Area between 3rd Street and Dakota Ave. Please note, shuttle bus services will NOT be available to Downtown Hayward this year. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Parent & Spectator Etiquette

Please note the following important information regarding the safety of the children and the integrity of the course:

  • Any adults can accompany their Barne runner on the course. Otherwise, adults must stay off the marked course.
  • Meet your little runner directly outside of the Finish Line.  Volunteers will be on hand to reunite runners and family members.  Please stay out of the direct finish line- some runners may come in fast!

Venue & Course Map

The Barnebirkie will start and finish in the Celebration Zone off of Main Street in downtown Hayward!

  • Purple Wave: Purple wave runners will complete an out-and-back on Main Street, turning around at the intersection of Main Street and Nyman Avenue.
  • Red Wave: Red wave runners will run up Main Street, and turn left between the Primary and Intermediate Schools and complete two-laps, clockwise, around the playground. They will run back through the schools, turn right, and finish on Main Street in the Celebration Zone.
  • Green Wave: Green wave runners will follow the same course as the red wave, but will complete one-lap, clockwise around the playground.



Swiss Miss hot chocolate and homemade cookies courtesy of the Sons of Norway await every participant in the Celebration Tent near the finish area!

Commemorative Gifts

All children will receive a Barnebirkie medal, race bib, and a participant hat!


Presenting Sponsors of the Barnebirkie

Swiss Miss
Johnson Financial Group

Supporting Sponsors of the Barnebirkie

Sons of Norway

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

Kwik Trip
Tamarack Health
Republic Services
Backroads Coffee
Earth Rider Brewery
Timber Ford