Unfortunately the 2023 Dash has been cancelled due to weather.  See you all next year!

Held at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, the 2023 Hayward Dash is a Classic Sprint Relay for MS/HS skiers.

The American Birkebeiner Trailhead has a great loop of machine-made snow!  The race will go on no matter what the natural snow situation is like.   Course updates will be made depending on the forecast.

Bonus Event!  Don’t miss the Spooner Holiday Dash on Tuesday, December 27!

*** The Spooner Holiday Dash on December 27 has been moved to Birkie Start in Cable due to lack of snow and start times updated. ***


$12 for one event (Spooner or Hayward) or $20 for both events.  Registration closes on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 4:00PM. There is no race day registration!

Email questions to railsontrailstreas@gmail.com

INDIVIDUAL Registration for Spooner and/or Hayward Dash:

TEAM Registration for Spooner and/or Hayward Dash

A coach or team representative may register an entire team together.  Click here to download Team Spreadsheet & bring a check to the Event payable to Rails on Trails. Each participant of that team must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a wavier to be eligible to compete.

Race Day Schedule


Skiers race in teams of 2 (same gender – can ski mixed if need be).  The course will be approx. 1km.  Person 1 skis, then person 2 skis and they alternate back and forth.  HS teams will ski 6 loops total (3 loops per skier).  Middle school teams will complete 4 laps (2 loops per skier).

Race Times (the next race starts immediately after the previous finishes – so pay attention and stay close!)

  • 9:00 am  – HS Girls Classic Sprint Relay (6km)
  • 9:20 (approx) – HS Boys Classic Sprint Relay (6km)
  • 9:40 (approx) –  MS Girls Classic Sprint Relay (4km)
  • 10:00 (approx) – MS Boys Classic Sprint Relay (4km)


Awards for Races:

  • 1st-5rd Place High School Girls and Boys Relay Teams
  • 1st-5rd Place Middle School Boys and Girls Teams


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