Are you ready to ski the Greatest Show on Snow?

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®:

  • Spans 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers
  • North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon
  • Skiers from 49 States and 22 countries participated in 2019!
  • Part of the Worldloppet circuit of 20 international ski marathons and part of the American Ski Marathon series of 13 races.

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2020 Registration Now Open!

Birkie Skate Waves

Birkie Classic Waves

 May 1 through June 27June 28 through September 5September 6 through November 7After November 7
Birkebeiner Registration Fee$140$150$160$170

All participants must be 18 years of age or older on race day to register for the American Birkebeiner.

It is important to always register under the same name (exact spelling) every year in order to keep track of your previous race finishes.

If you are unsure of the name you have previously registered under or if you changed your name, please call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025, Ext. 0, or email

2020 Birkie Green Gear Bag – Now from SWIX!

It’s Back for 2020!  Everywhere we looked during Birkie week 2019, we witnessed skiers using their awesome reusable Birkie gear bags!  This year, as part of the Birkie Green initiative (details coming this summer) we’ve designed an all new custom Birkie Green gear bag, this time from SWIX!  The reusable Birkie gear bag is available for $45 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.

All New SWIX Bag!

“We designed this technical SWIX – Birkie Green gear bag specifically for Birkie, Korte, and Prince participants. SWIX was asked to engineer a pack to hold every essential a racer would need in preparing for a race, and that’s what we did. Our designers went through every inch of the pack to ensure that all pockets and interior and exterior areas were utilized. Shoulder strap location and pack design also ensure exceptional balance for heavier loads, making it feel like you’re walking to the start line … packless. Thanks for this chance to be part of your Birkie Green experience!” – SWIX USA

Birkie Gear Bag

Wave Placement

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 Wave Closings (at 11:59pm)

Wave 1 Closed as of June 5

Wave 2 Closed as of July 11

Wave 3 Closed as of July 25

Wave 4 Closed as of September 10

Birkie Classic Wave Closings (at 11:59pm)

Wave 1 Closed as of July 17

Wave 2 Closed as of August 1

Wave 3 Closed as of September 17 

Birkebeiner Skate Wave Seeding Criteria

Birkie Skate 2019 Finish Time2019 PBE2018 Finish Time2018 PBE2016 Finish Time2016 PBE
Wave 1Up to 3:11:35Up to 44.5%Up to 2:57:00Up to 44.5%Up to 3:01:29Up to 44.5%
Wave 23:11:36 to 3:30:0944.5% to 58.5%2:57:01 to 3:14:0944.5% to 58.5%3:01:30 to 3:19:0444.5% to 58.5%
Wave 33:30:10 to 3:47:2358.5% to 71.5%3:14:10 to 3:30:0558.5% to 71.5%3:19:05 to 3:35:2358.5% to 71.5%
Wave 43:47:24 to 4:04:3771.5% to 84.5%3:30:06 to 3:46:0071.5% to 84.5%3:35:24 to 3:51:4371.5% to 84.5%
Wave 54:04:38 to 4:28:2984.5% to 102.5%3:46:01 to 4:08:0384.5% to 102.5%3:51:44 to 4:14:1984.5% to 102.5%
Wave 64:28:30 to 5:04:16102.5% to 129.5%4:08:04 to 4:41:07102.5% to 129.5%4:14:20 to 4:48:14102.5% to 129.5%
Wave 75:04:17 and Up129.5% and Up4:41:08 and Up129.5% and Up4:48:15 and Up129.5% and Up
Wave 8

Birkebeiner Classic Wave Seeding Criteria

Birkie Classic2019 Finish Time2019 PBE2018 Finish Time2018 PBE2016 Finish Time2016 PBE
Wave 1Up to 4:26:40

Up to 44.5%Up to 4:02:11Up to 44.5%Up to 4:04:12Up to 44.5%
Wave 24:26:41 to 5:07:1644.5% to 66.5%4:02:12 to 4:39:0344.5% to 66.5%4:04:13 to 4:41:2344.5% to 66.5%
Wave 35:07:17 to 5:40:30 66.5% to 84.5%4:39:04 to 5:09:1366.5% to 84.5%4:41:24 to 5:11:4866.5% to 84.5%
Wave 45:40:31 to 6:32:1084.5% to 112.5%5:09:14 to 5:56:0984.5% to 112.5%5:11:49 to 5:59:0784.5% to 112.5%
Wave 56:32:11 and Up112.5% and Up5:56:10 and Up112.5% and Up5:59:08 and Up112.5% and Up
Wave 6


Event Adjustment Factors

Event You are Registering For in 2019Using Previous Birkie Skate ResultUsing Previous Birkie Classic ResultUsing Previous Korte Skate ResultUsing Previous Korte Classic Result
Birkie Skate0+ 8 %+ 15 %+ 15 %
Birkie Classic- 8 %0+ 8%+ 8 %
Korte Skate- 15 %- 7 %00
Korte Classic- 15 %- 7 %00

Event/Technique Change Request

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. 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

Click here to make an event/technique change request.

Wave Upgrade Request

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.

Click here to make a wave upgrade request.

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

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:

  1. Determine your percent back in the qualifier race. Divide your time back from the winner (in minutes) by the winners time (in minutes), then multiply this value by 100. (example: your time 2:36, winning time 2:00; 36 minutes/120 minutes = 0.3 x 100 = 30% back)
  2. Determine your Percent Back Equivalency (PBE). Add your percent back to the qualifier race’s Adjustment Factor, which is found on the Qualifier List. PBE = Your % Back + Adjustment Factor
  3. Determine where your PBE would place you. Look up your PBE in the 2019 column of the Wave Seeding Table of the race for which you are registered. (Example: A PBE of 87% will place you in Wave 5 for Birkie Skate or Wave 4 for Birkie Classic or Wave 1 Korte Classic or Wave 2 Korte Skate)

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.

Celebrated and Elite Athletes

Spirit of 35

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!

Wave 70

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.

Elite Wave

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

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 Open positions in the Elite Wave will be filled from the Waitlist after January 24, 2020.

Seeded Group

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:

  • fewer than 200 points for women and 150 points for men in competitions with a distance of 30 km or greater
  • fewer than 150 points for women and 125 points for men in competitions with distance less than 30 km

Requests for Seeded Group entry must be sent to prior to February 14, 2020.

Team Captains Meeting

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.

Start Wave Schedule

Race Schedule: Saturday, February 22

WaveStart Time
Spirit of 358:15
Women Elite Skate8:30
Men & Women Elite Classic8:35
Wave 1 Classic8:40
Men Elite Skate8:50
Wave 1 Skate8:55
Wave 2 Classic9:00
Wave 2 Skate9:05
Wave 70 Skate & Classic9:10
Wave 3 Classic9:15
Wave 3 Skate9:20
Wave 4 Classic9:25
Wave 4 Skate9:30
Wave 5 Classic9:35
Wave 5 Skate9:40
Wave 6 Classic9:45
Wave 6 Skate9:50
Wave 7 Skate9:55
Wave 8 Skate10:00

Race Policies

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, 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.

Click here for policies for using the clothing transport from the start to the finish Clothing Bag Procedures

Click here for the Participant Rules.

Cut-Off Times

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.

TimeLocationKilometer from Start/Course
11:10 amTimber Trail Aid Station7km Skate
9 km Classic
12:00 pmFire Tower Aid Station12 km Skate
15 km Classic
12:55 pmBoedecker Aid Station17 km Skate
21 km Classic
1:40 pm"OO" Aid Station21K Skate
26K Classic
3:00 pmGravel Pit Aid Station30 km Skate
35 km Classic
3:55 pmMosquito Brook Aid Station36 Km Skate
41 Km Classic
4:45 pmHatchery Park Aid Station42 Km Skate
47 Km Classic
6:00 pmFinish Line50 km Skate
55 km Classic

Virtual Trail & Course Tour

A complete list of maps and trail conditions can be found on the Trails page.

birkie-course-map-thumbnailClick the image above for PDF map.

Interactive Course Maps

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!

View Interactive Course Map »

Or, Tour the Interactive Birkie Trail Map »


Birkie Skate Overall Prize

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

PlacePrize Money (US $)

Tony Wise Award for the First American Finisher

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.

Sprint Bonuses . Presented by Madshus

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

Wave Winner Awards

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, 2019. Call the Birkie for details (715-634-5025).

Birkie Classic Overall Awards

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.

  • 1st Place $1000
  • 2nd Place $500
  • 3rd Place $250

All prize money paid in US Dollars. Wire transfer is available for $80 fee. Wire Transfer Form-Prize Money

Finisher Awards

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

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.

10 Year Awards

Birkie skiers completing their 10th race will be awarded a personalized commemorative plaque.

Birchlegger Awards

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.

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.”


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.

Worldloppet Ambassadors

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.

Worldloppet Breakfast

All are welcome to join Worldloppet Skiers, Delegates from other Worldloppet Competitions and honored guests at the Worldloppet Breakfast held 8:00 am, Friday, February 22nd.  More information will be coming the winter of 2018-19.

Lodging & Services


For lodging information, see our Lodging page.


The First Lutheran Church will provide childcare for children ages 4-12 on Friday, Feb. 22nd from 8am – 5pm and/or Saturday, Feb. 23rd from 8am – 5pm.  Cost is $50/child/day. Lunch & snack will be provided. A registration form can be found hereCompleted registration forms and questions should be sent to Tiffany Chipman at

For additional questions, please contact Tiffany at 715-634-2141.

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