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Challenge yourself and experience Birkie Fever! The Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Powered By Swix, is North America’s largest cross-country ski race and a homecoming for cross-country ski racers from around the globe! Ski the adventure!

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The Slumberland American Birkebeiner®, Powered By Swix:

  • 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 36 countries participated in 2018!
  • 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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2019 Registration Open!

Birkie Skate Waves

Birkie Classic Waves

If you registered on February 25, 2018, you will not show up in “Am I Registered?”. If you are unsure, please contact the Birkie Office at 715-634-5025, ext. 0.

 May 1 to June 28June 29 to September 6September 7 to November 1After November 1
Birkebeiner Registration Fee$130$140$150$165

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

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your Birkie registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons including:

  • A covered illness or injury
  • Pregnancy
  • You have a traffic accident en route to your event
  • Your car breaks down within 24 hours of the event
  • One of the many other covered reasons

Event Registration Protector also comes with Competition Care: a 24 hour assistance hotline that can give you race-day information, locate bicycle repair shops, find nearby equipment stores, and much, much more.

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2019 Birkie Gear Bags Are Sold Out!

It’s Back for 2019! It seems that everywhere we looked during Birkie week 2018 we spotted the awesome new reusable Birkie gear bag!  Participants gave the Birkie gear bag a rousing thumbs up!

  • The 2019 Birkie gear bag has the same great styling, same handy features, same convenient size, and a brand new look!
  • The Birkie gear bag will be used in lieu of the plastic bag you normally receive at bib pick-up.  If you opt not to participate in this opportunity at registration, a plastic bag will still be available during bib pick-up 2019.
  • Locking in your own new Birkie gear bag is easy!  For $39 during the registration process you can claim your own bag for 2019!  The $125 value Birkie gear bag is available only while supplies last and only during the registration process.  You must register for the race and gear bag no later than July 1 to guarantee a Birkie gear bag in 2019!
  • Just like in 2018, the Birkie gear bag will be distributed during bib pick-up 2019 for those who’ve opted to secure a gear bag during Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon registration (events which currently receive plastic drop-off bags).
  • The reusable Birkie gear bag is yours to use on your year-round adventures as well as during future Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon races!
  • Use of the Birkie gear bag significantly reduced plastic waste during Birkie week 2018.  With your help, we hope to reduce even more waste from plastic bags in 2019!  Thank you for helping the Birkie to go green!
  • Only an official 2018 or 2019 Birkie gear bag or the provided plastic bag will be accepted at bag drop-off on race day.
  • Dimensions:  26.5 x 10.5 x 12.5 with backpack straps.  The Birkie gear bag is a slightly larger version of that used by the US Ski Team and includes a special clear pocket on the top of the bag for your bib number!

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 2015, 2016 and 2018 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 those years, 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 other Birkie events in the past, 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

Wave 1 closed at 11:59PM CST on July 12

Wave 2 closed at 11:59PM CST on August 24

Wave 3 closed at 11:59PM CST on September 18

Wave 4 closed at 11:59PM CST on October 2

Birkebeiner Skate Wave Seeding Criteria

Birkie Skate 2018 Finish Time2018 PBE2016 Finish Time2016 PBE2015 Finish Time2015 PBE
Wave 1Up to 2:57:37Up to 45%Up to 3:02:06Up to 45%Up to 3:11:54Up to 45%
Wave 22:57:38 to 3:13:3246% to 58%3:02:07 to 3:18:2646% to 58%3:11:55 to 3:29:0746% to 58%
Wave 33:13:33 to 3:29:2859% to 71%3:18:27 to 3:34:4659% to 71%3:29:08 to 3:46:1959% to 71%
Wave 43:29:29 to 3:45:2372% to 84%3:34:47 to 3:51:0572% to 84%3:46:20 to 4:03:3172% to 84%
Wave 53:45:24 to 4:07:2685% to 102%3:51:06 to 4:13:4285% to 102%4:03:32 to 4:27:2185% to 102%
Wave 64:07:27 to 4:42:58103% to 131%4:13:43 to 4:50:07103% to 131%4:27:22 to 5:05:44103% to 131%
Wave 74:42:59 to 5:36:51132% to 175%4:50:08 to 5:45:22132% to 175%5:05:45 to 6:03:58132% to 175%
Wave 85:36:52 and Up176% and Up5:45:23 and Up176% and Up6:03:59 and Up176% and Up

Birkie Classic Wave Closings

Wave 1 closed at 11:59PM CST on August 24

Wave 2 closed at 11:59PM CST on October 2

Wave 3 closed at 11:59PM CST on September 18

Birkebeiner Classic Wave Seeding Criteria

Birkie Classic2018 Finish Time2018 PBE2016 Finish Time2016 PBE2015 Finish Time2015 PBE
Wave 1Up to 4:04:42Up to 46%Up to 4:06:44Up to 46%Up to 4:14:35Up to 46%
Wave 24:04:43 to 4:38:1347% to 66%4:06:45 to 4:40:3247% to 66%4:14:36 to 4:49:2747% to 66%
Wave 34:38:14 to 5:13:25 67% to 87%4:40:33 to 5:16:0267% to 87%4:49:28 to 5:26:0467% to 87%
Wave 45:13:26 to 5:55:1988% to 112%5:16:03 to 5:58:1788% to 112%5:26:05 to 6:09:3988% to 112%
Wave 55:55:20 to 7:10:44113% to 157%5:58:18 to 7:14:20113% to 157%6:09:40 to 7:28:07113% to 157%
Wave 67:10:45 and up158% and Up7:14:21 and up158% and Up7:28:08 and up158% and Up

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

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 38 Birkies completed, including Birkie Founder, Ernie St Germain, who has finished all 44 Birkies!

Wave 70

The mission of the American Birkebeiner Foundation includes supporting healthy and active lifestyles among people of all ages and abilities. 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.

Event/Technique Change Request

Participants may request to change their event between Korte and Birkie and/or technique between Skate and Classic at any time until 4:00pm CST on January 25, 2019. 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 2018 column of the Wave Seeding Table of the race for which you are registered. (Example: A PBE of 87% will place you in Wave 4 for Birkie Skate or Wave 3 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

Elite Athletes

Elite Wave

The Elite Wave is a long standing tradition at the American Birkebeiner. This wave accommodates competitors who have outstanding credentials from previous year’s Birkie, Korte, Birkie Qualifiers, and other international competitions. 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 2018 Birkie Skate race will automatically be assigned a starting position in the Elite Wave for the 2019 Birkie Skate race ONLY.  The top 100 male and 40 female finishers from the 2018 Birkie Classic race will automatically be assigned a starting position in the Elite Wave for the 2019 Birkie Classic race ONLY.  Athletes racing a different technique in 2019 must request to be placed on the Elite Wave waitlist at

Elite Wave entries are open until January 25, 2019. 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 25, 2019.

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 15, 2019, 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 15, 2019.

Team Captains Meeting

There will be a mandatory meeting for Seeded Group competitors at 5:00 pm on Friday February 22, 2019 at the Hayward Veterans Community Center.
Athletes without team affiliation are encouraged to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Bib and Gear Bag Pickup

Bib Number Email Confirmations will be sent out the week before Birkie Week

Pre-Race Bib Pickup:
Thursday, February 21 – Friday, February 22

  • Location: Birkie Expo, Hayward High School
  • Times:
    • Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • You will pick up your bib and Birkie Gear Bag (if you ordered one).  If you did not order a Birkie Gear Bag, you will get a plastic bag.  You will not receive both types of bags.
  • Click Here for “Expo Preview”

Race Day Bib Pickup:
Saturday, February 23

  • Location: Start Area Near Warming Tent
  • Time: 7:00 am – 10:00 am
  • There will be NO BIRKIE GEAR BAG PICKUP at the start.  Plastic bags will be given to all those picking up bibs at the start.  If you ordered a Birkie Gear Bag and are picking your bib up at the start, you can have your Birkie Gear Bag mailed to you ($11 cost) up through March 15, 2019.

Start Wave Schedule

Race Schedule: Saturday, February 23

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

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 23, 2019. Kortelopet skiers must be 13 years of age by February 22, 2019. 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.

Virtual Trail & Course Tour

American Birkebeiner Trail Highlights »

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

Birkie Skate Elevation Profile

Birkie Classic Elevation Profile

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

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.


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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