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Challenge yourself and experience Birkie Fever! The Slumberland American Birkebeiner is North America’s largest cross-country ski race and a homecoming for cross-country ski racers from around the globe! Ski the adventure!
The Slumberland American Birkebeiner®:
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The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation utilizes a seeded start structure for four of its events: Birkebeiner Skate, Birkebeiner Classic, Kortelopet Skate, and Kortelopet Classic. Participants are seeded into starting waves based on their race history. The first priority for wave placement is your best result from 2016, 2018 and 2019 Birkie events for the same event which you are registering- distance and technique (see the Wave Seeding Criteria tables below). Wave placement will be made based on the top finish which matches the race you are currently registered for. If you do not have a finish time for that specific event from 2016, 2018, or 2019, but do have a finish time from any of the other three seeded Birkie events in the same time period, you will be placed in a wave based on the best finish result from that event, plus or minus an adjustment factor which accounts for the historical difference in the strength of competition between the races (see the Event Adjustment Factor table below). If you have participated in multiple Birkie events in 2016, 2018, or 2019, wave placement criteria will use results from the similar distance race, then from a similar technique. Participants who do not have a Birkie event finish time from those years will be placed in the last wave. The goal of wave placement is to place participants of similar abilities together to minimize passing and encourage a smooth flowing race.
There are also three special waves for those who qualify; Spirit of 35, Wave 70, and Elite Wave. Details for each are found below.
|Birkie Skate||2019 Finish Time||2019 PBE||2018 Finish Time||2018 PBE||2016 Finish Time||2016 PBE|
|Wave 1||Up to 3:11:35||Up to 44.5%||Up to 2:57:00||Up to 44.5%||Up to 3:01:29||Up to 44.5%|
|Wave 2||3:11:36 to 3:30:09||44.5% to 58.5%||2:57:01 to 3:14:09||44.5% to 58.5%||3:01:30 to 3:19:04||44.5% to 58.5%|
|Wave 3||3:30:10 to 3:47:23||58.5% to 71.5%||3:14:10 to 3:30:05||58.5% to 71.5%||3:19:05 to 3:35:23||58.5% to 71.5%|
|Wave 4||3:47:24 to 4:04:37||71.5% to 84.5%||3:30:06 to 3:46:00||71.5% to 84.5%||3:35:24 to 3:51:43||71.5% to 84.5%|
|Wave 5||4:04:38 to 4:28:29||84.5% to 102.5%||3:46:01 to 4:08:03||84.5% to 102.5%||3:51:44 to 4:14:19||84.5% to 102.5%|
|Wave 6||4:28:30 to 5:04:16||102.5% to 129.5%||4:08:04 to 4:41:07||102.5% to 129.5%||4:14:20 to 4:48:14||102.5% to 129.5%|
|Wave 7||5:04:17 and Up||129.5% and Up||4:41:08 and Up||129.5% and Up||4:48:15 and Up||129.5% and Up|
|Wave 8||NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS|
|Birkie Classic||2019 Finish Time||2019 PBE||2018 Finish Time||2018 PBE||2016 Finish Time||2016 PBE|
|Wave 1||Up to 4:26:40||Up to 44.5%||Up to 4:02:11||Up to 44.5%||Up to 4:04:12||Up to 44.5%|
|Wave 2||4:26:41 to 5:07:16||44.5% to 66.5%||4:02:12 to 4:39:03||44.5% to 66.5%||4:04:13 to 4:41:23||44.5% to 66.5%|
|Wave 3||5:07:17 to 5:40:30||66.5% to 84.5%||4:39:04 to 5:09:13||66.5% to 84.5%||4:41:24 to 5:11:48||66.5% to 84.5%|
|Wave 4||5:40:31 to 6:32:10||84.5% to 112.5%||5:09:14 to 5:56:09||84.5% to 112.5%||5:11:49 to 5:59:07||84.5% to 112.5%|
|Wave 5||6:32:11 and Up||112.5% and Up||5:56:10 and Up||112.5% and Up||5:59:08 and Up||112.5% and Up|
|Wave 6||NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS|
|Event You are Registering For in 2019||Using Previous Birkie Skate Result||Using Previous Birkie Classic Result||Using Previous Korte Skate Result||Using Previous Korte Classic Result|
|Birkie Skate||0||+ 8 %||+ 15 %||+ 15 %|
|Birkie Classic||- 8 %||0||+ 8%||+ 8 %|
|Korte Skate||- 15 %||- 7 %||0||0|
|Korte Classic||- 15 %||- 7 %||0||0|
Participants may request to change from the Birkie to the Korte or Prince Haakon, and/or technique between Skate and Classic at any time until 4:00pm CST on January 24, 2020. Wave placement is subject to availability, if the wave that you qualify for is full, you will be assigned to the next wave with space available. A change fee of $15 plus any difference in entry fee will be applied. You will receive an updated e-mail confirmation reflecting the change once the change has been made. If you do NOT receive an updated e-mail confirmation within 10 business days, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants may utilize their result from the list of qualifier competitions to improve on their placement from the above criteria. Similar to the comparison between the American Birkebeiner events, the results of the qualifiers will be adjusted based on the strength of competition, distance, and course elevation profile.
BIRKIE SKATE: Given wave closures, you will be upgraded to Wave 7.
BIRKIE CLASSIC: Given wave closures, you will be upgraded to Wave 5.
All requests will be charged a $15 service fee, whether a wave upgrade is granted or not. Wave upgrades are subject to availability, if the wave that you qualify for is full, you will be assigned to the next wave with space available. You will receive an updated wave placement email confirmation if an upgrade has been made. If you do NOT receive an updated e-mail confirmation within 10 business days, contact email@example.com.
You may request to use a race result from the list of qualifier competitions to improve your wave placement. Follow these steps to see if you are eligible for an upgrade:
Request an upgrade only if your PBE will place you in a lower wave. Make sure you have completed steps 1-3 before submitting your request.
This wave celebrates the spirit of the 35 intrepid skiers who finished the first Birkie in 1973. It is comprised of a small group of skiers with the most Birkie experience and those who have a special place in the race’s history. The current group of Spirit skiers have at least 40 Birkies completed, including Birkie Founder, Ernie St Germain, who has finished all 45 Birkies!
Cross country skiing is a lifestyle sport that allows people to stay active and healthy into their later years. Each year the Birkie provides an opportunity to celebrate this for nearly two hundred skiers over the age of seventy! We recognize these skiers with a special bib and special wave.
These 35 major donors collectively gave nearly $1,000,000 to launch the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner, which provides a permanent source of funds for the American Birkebeiner organization. We recognize them permanently with their own specially numbered 35 white bibs.
The Elite Wave is a long standing tradition at the American Birkebeiner. This wave accommodates competitors who have outstanding credentials from the previous year’s American Birkebeiner. Qualifying for this wave provides the advantages of less congestion at the start and the best possible course conditions. The top 200 male and 60 female finishers from the 2019 Birkie Skate race will automatically be assigned a starting position in the Elite Wave for the 2020 Birkie Skate race ONLY. The top 100 male and 40 female finishers from the 2019 Birkie Classic race will automatically be assigned a starting position in the Elite Wave for the 2020 Birkie Classic race ONLY. Athletes racing a different technique in 2020 must request to be placed on the Elite Wave waitlist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elite Wave entries are open until January 24, 2020. All entries, requests and changes must be made by 4:00 pm central standard time that day.
Position in the Elite Waves are only guaranteed for returning skiers who met the above finish place criteria. No exceptions. If you have an Elite Wave finish two or more years prior, top Kortelopet finish, or other outstanding cross country ski race result, you may request to be added to the Elite Wave Waitlist by sending an email to email@example.com. Open positions in the Elite Wave will be filled from the Waitlist after January 24, 2020.
Competitors from all FIS member nations that meet the eligibility requirements will be included in the Seeded Group in the Birkie Skate Race. This group will start as part of the Men’s and Women’s Elite Birkie Skate Waves. However, these competitors will be assigned designated starting positions at the front of the wave and the rest of the elite wave must stay behind the seeded group until the gun goes off.
There is no Seeded Group in the Birkie Classic Race.
Eligibility for the Seeded Group requires that the competitors be active FIS members with at least one FIS race result, in the 365 days prior to February 14, 2020, with:
Requests for Seeded Group entry must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to February 14, 2020.
There will be a mandatory meeting for Seeded Group competitors at 5:00 pm on Friday February 21, 2020 at the Hayward Veterans Community Center.
Athletes without team affiliation are encouraged to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The 2020 BIRKIE EXPO is Bigger than ever this year! Pick up your bib and then explore, shop, and hang out!
Check out great new skis, boots, poles, wax, gear, clothing, ways to fuel your active outdoor lifestyle, fat bikes, trail running shoes, and more! This is THE place for samples, swag, big discounts, and a chance to connect with some great organizations that support your passion for skiing and the Birkie community.
Bus service runs continuously to the start from skier parking lots at Birkie Ridge and Como. Participants arriving from the south should park at Birkie Ridge (2 miles north of Seeley). Buses will pick up skiers and spectators and shuttle directly to the start from 6:15 am – 10:30 am. Please allow 45 minutes to bus to the start. Participants arriving from the North should follow the signs for parking at the Como Lot just to the west of Cable. Buses will run continuously from this lot from 6:15 am – 10:30 am. Please allow 45 minutes to bus to the start **Parking at the start is by permit only.**
Buses from the Finish in downtown Hayward will bring you back to both parking lots throughout the day.
Please see the Event Guide for more instructions and map.
|Spirit of 35||8:15|
|Women Elite Skate||8:30|
|Men & Women Elite Classic||8:35|
|Wave 1 Classic||8:40|
|Men Elite Skate||8:50|
|Wave 1 Skate||8:55|
|Wave 2 Classic||9:00|
|Wave 2 Skate||9:05|
|Wave 70 Skate & Classic||9:10|
|Wave 3 Classic||9:15|
|Wave 3 Skate||9:20|
|Wave 4 Classic||9:25|
|Wave 4 Skate||9:30|
|Wave 5 Classic||9:35|
|Wave 5 Skate||9:40|
|Wave 6 Classic||9:45|
|Wave 6 Skate||9:50|
|Wave 7 Skate||9:55|
|Wave 8 Skate||10:00|
The race is run according to the rules and regulations of the FIS and any special requirements stated in the entry form, Birch Scroll, this web site, www.birkie.com and participant race instructions. Offenses against any of these rules may lead to disqualification for current or future events and the forfeiture of any and all awards.
All participants in the Birkebeiner must be 18 years of age by February 22, 2020. Kortelopet skiers must be 13 years of age by February 21, 2020. There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancellation. Entry fees are non-transferable between individuals or to future races.
Participants who complete an event for which they are not registered (for example – ski the skate course when they registered for classic) will be credited for completing the race but will not be given a finish time, will not be eligible for awards and will not be included in the official results.
Clothing Bag Procedures: policies for using the clothing transport from the start to the finish
Cut-off times for races must be strictly followed for the safety of participants and volunteers. Participants not following guidance from Medical Staff and Race Chiefs will risk penalty and possible ineligibility for future Birkie Events.
|Time||Location||Kilometer from Start/Course|
|11:10 am||Timber Trail Aid Station||7km Skate
9 km Classic
|12:00 pm||Fire Tower Aid Station||12 km Skate
15 km Classic
|12:55 pm||Boedecker Aid Station||17 km Skate
21 km Classic
|1:40 pm||"OO" Aid Station||21K Skate
|3:00 pm||Gravel Pit Aid Station||30 km Skate
35 km Classic
|3:55 pm||Mosquito Brook Aid Station||36 Km Skate
41 Km Classic
|4:45 pm||Hatchery Park Aid Station||42 Km Skate
47 Km Classic
|6:00 pm||Finish Line||50 km Skate
55 km Classic
A complete list of maps and trail conditions can be found on the Trails page.
Experience the race again or for the first time! Explore every leg of the race and feel the rush as you virtually ski the American Birkebeiner race! Immerse yourself in the 360 videos of the race start, cross the International Bridge, and witness the amazing finish on Hayward’s Main Street! Try skate or classic, this interactive map experience has it all!
Register for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner and make it real! Because…once the race is closed…it’s closed. Don’t miss out!
Prize money will be awarded to the first six male and female competitors who cross the finish in the Birkie Skate Race. A total purse of $39,000 will be awarded in the increments below at an award ceremony in the Celebration Plaza at 11:30 am. All prize money is paid in US Dollars. Wire transfer is available for an $80 fee. Wire Transfer Form-Prize Money
|Place||Prize Money (US $)|
A $2500 “Support American Skiing” award will be given to the top American male & female finishers in the Birkie Skate Race. Wire transfer is available for an $80 fee. Wire Transfer Form-Prize Money
In addition, they will receive a premium, luxury mattress set from Slumberland, title sponsor of the American Birkebeiner.
Two $500 Madshus Sprint Bonus will be awarded to the first male and female competitors in the Birkie Skate Race to cross the intermediate sprint lines. The first sprint line is located right before the Birkie Skate course exits the powerline section and enters the woods. The second sprint line is located prior to the OO Aid Station. All prize money is paid in US Dollars. Wire transfer is available for an $80 fee. Wire Transfer Form-Prize Money
From Slumberland, Title Sponsor of the American Birkebeiner:
Win Your Birkie Wave—Win a Pair of Pillows! The top male and female in waves 1 and up of the Birkie will each receive a Luxury Pillow Set from Slumberland, valued at $198!
* To Claim Your Award, check Birkie Results online then go directly to the Slumberland Furniture store on Highway 63 right in downtown Hayward to pick up your pair of premium pillows. It’s close enough to walk from Main Street, or there is plenty of parking. Store Hours: SAT: 9-6 / SUN: 9-6. Unable to pick up your pillows? Have them shipped, at your expense, by March 31, 2020. Call the Birkie for details (715-634-5025).
Prize money will be awarded to the first three male and female competitors who cross the finish in the Birkie Classic Race at a ceremony held in the Celebration Plaza at 12:30 pm.
All prize money paid in US Dollars. Wire transfer is available for $80 fee. Wire Transfer Form-Prize Money
First time Birkie Finishers will receive a commemorative Medal at the finish.
Skiers finishing subsequent Birkies will receive a pin recognizing the number of Birkies completed at the finish.
Age class awards will be given to the top three males and females, in both the freestyle and classic races, in each of the following age classes. Awards are based on net finish time (finish arrival time minus start time). Age classes are:
18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85 -89.
Awards are distributed at the Birkie Store Tent near the finish line on Main Street.
Birkie skiers completing their 10th race will be awarded a personalized commemorative plaque.
Awards are distributed at the Birkie Store Tent near the finish line on Main Street.
Birkie skiers completing their 20th race are eligible for the status of “Birchlegger”. Birchlegger is the English translation for the Norwegian, Birkebeinerne, the nick-name of the birch barked armored, warriors who saved Prince Haakon. These special skiers are recognized with the honor of wearing a special bib in the race and a personalized award for 20, 30, and 40 years completed.
Birchleggers will receive their awards at a special breakfast hosted by the Birchleggings Club on Sunday morning following the Birkie. First time Birchleggers will be treated to breakfast at no charge.
If you can not attend the Birchleggings Club Breakfast to receive your award, they will be available at the Birkie Store Tent near the finish line on Main Street.
The Birchleggings Club is not a part of the American Birkebeiner Foundation. It is a separate organization dedicated to be “a strong promoter of continued participation in the American Birkebeiner and would contribute toward enhancement of the rich traditions that mark the Birkie as a unique skiing event.”
If you cannot pick up your award at the Birkie Store Tent on Race Day, you can request that it be mailed to you for $8. All requests must be made by the end of March, 2020.
START LINE – AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER TRAILHEAD, CABLE
Spectators can accompany racers to the start line to cheer them on as they begin their journey towards Main Street. See the “How to Get to the Start” section above for information on getting to the Start. Spectators can then get back on a bus at the Start to get back to their cars at Birkie Ridge or Como parking lots.
FINISH LINE – MAIN STREET, HAYWARD
Skiers, whether elite or citizen, count on spectators to cheer them on as they set their sights on the finish line. Just when they think they’re fading, spectators provide an emotional lift that encourages them along their way. Catch Birkie Fever!
Watch, cheer and ring cowbells for skiers.
Watch the live video from the start and along the course beginning at 8:00 am on the big screen from the People’s Bank Midwest Celebration Plaza on Main Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. The first finishers are welcomed with the ringing of the church bells as they come off of Lake Hayward on to Main Street at approximately 10:50 am. Good viewing is possible along the length on Main Street.
Parking is available at designated parking lots with shuttle service throughout the day. There is limited street parking within the downtown area, respect the parking direction signs and utilize the parking lots.
Worldloppet is an international association of long distance ski races, created in 1979 from the inspiration of American Birkebeiner creator, Tony Wise. The Birkie is one of the nine races that comprised the founding events. The Worldloppet has grown to 20 races on five continents. Learn more about Worldloppet Ambassadors, Passports, and the annual Birkie Week Worldloppet breakfast!
There are many Birkie Skiers who have experienced traveling to races around the globe. If you are interested in a particular race or just about the WL in general, we can connect you with someone who can share their experience with you and help to plan a trip. Click Here to submit an inquiry.
Tens of thousands of skiers around the world record their finishes of the Worldloppet Competitions in a special Passport. Finishers of the Birkie Skate or Classic can have their passport stamped or purchase a new passport following the race on Saturday or on Sunday.
Worldloppet passports may also be purchased on-line by clicking HERE. If you have completed a Birkie in the past, you can request that a stamped passport be mailed to you at any time. Cost of new passports are $35.
All are welcome to join Worldloppet Skiers, Delegates from other Worldloppet Competitions, and honored guests at the Worldloppet Breakfast held at 8:00 am, Friday, February 21st. The breakfast is an informal, European-style buffet.
This event is open to all skiers, not just Passport Holders. REGISTER HERE!
Friday, February 21, 2020
7:30 a.m. Coffee Social
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Flat Creek Inn & Suites, Hwy. 27 South, Hayward, WI
$14.00 Pre-registration, $15.00 Day-of.
New in 2020! The Slumberland American Birkebeiner is the first American event to enter the world of Visma Ski Classics as a Challenger Series event. Based in Sweden, the Visma Ski Classics is an international, long-distance, skiing circuit. The Visma Ski Classics Challenger series was launched in 2019 as a common platform to connect and promote long distance skiing events worldwide. Learn more!
For lodging information, see our Lodging page.
The First Lutheran Church will provide childcare on Friday, Feb. 21st and/or Saturday, Feb. 22nd.
For information on Camp Birkie, click here.
Get your skis waxed by the best! Check out the services below from NEW MOON and GEAR WEST!
2021: February 27
2022: February 26
2023: February 25