End 2018 in healthy, Birkie style!

Held at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, the Double Pole Derby is a fundraiser for youth ski teams in the Hayward/Cable area.  Race on the Birkie Trail while supporting the future of skiing- a win-win for sure!  Middle School/High School races are classic; citizen/collegiate race is freestyle – that means – skate, classic or even double pole the entire course if you like.

Bonus Event! High School/Middle School:  Don’t miss the Spooner Holiday Dash on Friday, December 28th for High School/Middle School racers.  Start Friday off with a freestyle race in Spooner and finish with a classic race in Cable!


Registration Fees:

  • High School/Middle School Racers: $15. Teams may register under one name on-line and submit names, waivers, and race division to john.oman@birkie.com. Registration for MS/HS closes at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 28, 2018.  There is no race day registration!
  • Citizen Racers: $40 through 12/27/18; $50 through race day registration.  Save time and money by registering before Friday, 12/28/2018.
  • College Racers: $25 through race day registration.

Individual Registration for ANY race:

Team Registration for Middle School and/or High School race.  This form is to be filled out by a coach or team representative.

If a coach registers a middle school or high school team, each participant of that team must have a parent or legal guardian fill out an on-line waiver for the participant to be eligible to compete.

Race Day Schedule

Classic Races

  • 10:00 am TBD-K Mass Start Classic Middle School Girls
  • 10:45 am TBD-K Mass Start Classic Middle School Boys
  • 11:30 am TBD-K Mass Start Classic High School Girls
  • 12:15 pm TBD-K Mass Start Classic High School Boys

Freestyle Race

  • 1:30 pm 14K Mass Start Freestyle Race for College/Citizen Skiers
  • College and Citizen skiers will race together

Bib Pick-up

Classic Races

9:00 am bib pick-up opens. Bib pick-up is at the race start area in the small warming building.  There is no race day registration.

Freestyle Race

11:30 am bib pick-up and race day registration opens.  Bib pick-up and race day registration are at the race start area in the small warming building.


2017 Race Course Maps

The High School and Middle School course will be a preview of the upcoming Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships!


Awards for MS/HS Classic Races:


Awards for Citizen/College Freestyle Race:

Top 3 male and female overall and top male and female in each age division will receive an award.



We could not host events without the helping hands of volunteers.  If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Double Pole Derby, click HERE to register for available shifts.

How to get to the American Birkebeiner Trailhead

Route to trailhead

Venue Layout and Amenities

Double Pole Derby Venue Layout


On-Site Demo:

Make it a whole day at the American Birebeiner Trailhead!  On-site demos from Salomon, Rossignol, Fischer, and Fast Wax.

On-site Concessions:

Support the Hayward High School Nordic Team by purchasing soup or a snack from them in the Great Hall!