Individual Race and Sprint Relay for Youth and Juniors 6 years old to High Schoolers

The Junior Birkie, presented by Gear West, finishes at the Birkie Finish Line on Main Street in Hayward. There are three race distances for the different age groups. All registered skiers will get a Junior Birkie hat.

Junior Birkie

The race is open for all junior age groups. The relays will start and finish in downtown Hayward on the Birkie Finish Line. Teams are composed of 2 or 3 members (depending on age group) of the same gender and age group. Teams may represent a club or school team, but no affiliation with each other is necessary.  If you would like to do the team relay but are without a team, indicate that in your registration and we will do our best to match you up with another racer needing a teammate. Unofficial teams of mixed gender and/or ages will be allowed to race, but will not be eligible for awards.

Year of BirthCategoryIndividual Mass Start DistancesTeam Sprint Relay Distances
U8 Girls & Boys1.2 km2 x 500m
2009-2010U10 Girls & Boys1.2 km2 x 500m
U12 Girls & Boys3 km2 x 500m
2005-2006U14 Girls & Boys3 km2 x 500m
2003-2004U16 Girls & Boys5 km3 x 800m
2000*-2002Other High School Age Girls & Boys5 km3 x 800m
*Competitors must be in High School in the 2018-19 school year.



 Tu, Sep 4 thru Thu, Jan 3F, Jan 4 thru Tu, Feb 19thru W, Feb 20 6:59PM
Individual Participant$18$20$25
Relay Team Participant$10$10$10

Registration Deadlines

Individual & Sprint Race registration is online only, closing at 6:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. No race day registration!

Each relay team member must register individually and use the same team name. Teams must be comprised of athletes in the same age group to qualify for awards.

Age Groups & Distances

Freestyle Individual Mass Start Races

Youth skiers are assigned an age group based on their year of birth, not by age on race day. All races are freestyle technique – competitors may use skate or classic technique, however, there will not be any classic tracks set on the courses.

Freestyle Team Sprint Relay

Official teams must be the same gender and age group. Teams may represent a school or club team, however this is not a requirement.  Each age group and gender class is limited to 15 teams.

Bib Pick Up

Thursday, February 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the registration tent.

Race Schedule

Individual Races

1:30 pmU16 & Other HS Age Boys 5 km
1:55 pmU16 & Other HS Age Girls5 km
2:00 pmU14 Boys 3 km
2:15 pmU14 Girls3 km
2:30 pmU12 Boys 3 km
2:45 pmU12 Girls3 km
3:00 pmU8 & U10 Boys1.2 km
3:15 pmU8 & U10 Girls1.2 km

Team Sprint Races

3:45 pmU16 & Other HS Age Boys Relay3 x 800m
3:50 pmU16 & Other HS Age Girls Relay3 x 800m
3:55 pmU14 Boys Relay2 x 500m
4:00 pmU14 Girls Relay2 x 500m
4:05 pmU12 Boys Relay2 x 500m
4:10 pmU12 Girls Relay2 x 500m
4:15 pmU8 & U10 Boys and Girls Relay2 x 500m

Venue and Course Map

The Junior Birkie finishes at the American Birkebeiner Finish Line on Main Street. There will be a continuous shuttle service between the parking lots near the Start, and the Celebration Plaza near the Finish. Please help ease the traffic congestion by utilizing the designated parking lots and the shuttles.


Post Race

Refreshments will be available in the Celebration Plaza.


Each age group race will have an award ceremony immediately following it at the Champion’s Stage in the Celebration Plaza.

The top three boys and girls for each age group will be awarded a prize.

The first place relay team in the boys and girls category for each age group will be awarded a prize.

All finishers will receive a medal.

CXC Youth Cup

CXC-Youth-Cup-Primary-Logo-RGBThe Junior Birkie Individual Race also is part of the CXC Youth Cup for U12 and U14 age categories. Licensed skiers are seeded and earn points in the CXC Youth Cup overall standings. For information on the CXC Youth Cup see,


Gear West Co-Presenting Sponsor
Rossignol Co-Presenting Sponsor