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

The Junior Birkie, presented by Gear West,starts behind the Hayward Intermediate and Primary Schools and finishes at the American Birkebeiner 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 Junior Birkie Team Relays will start and finish in downtown Hayward on the American Birkebeiner 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.


2020 Registration Opens September 16, 2019!

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.

Team Sprint Relay

  • Official teams must be the same gender and age group.  Teams may mix gender and/or age group but that team will not be eligible for an award.
  • Each age group and gender class is limited to 15 teams.
  • Teams may represent a school or club team, however this is not a requirement.
  • A participant without a team may still register and can be matched with another team.

Bib Pick Up

Thursday, February 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the registration tent in the Recovery Zone on 4th and Wisconsin Ave. The first 350 racers will receive a Junior Birkie hat!

Race Schedule

Individual Races

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

Team Sprint Races

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

Venue and Course Map

The Junior Birkie will start behind the Hayward Primary and Intermediate Schools.  The course will travel through the adjacent golf course and head down Main Street. The 5K course will do two (2) laps on the golf course.  The 3K and 5K courses will travel over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge, turn around, cross the bridge again and ski back up Main Street.  The Junior Birkie finishes at the American Birkebeiner Finish Line on Main Street. There will be a continuous shuttle service between the Spectator parking lots on Hwy B, Bib pick-up near the Intermediate School and Start Area, and the Celebration Plaza near the Finish back to the Spectator Lot. Please help ease the traffic congestion by utilizing the designated parking lots and the shuttles.

1K Junior Birkie Course

3K Junior Birkie Course

5K Junior Birkie Course

Team Relay Sprint Races will all take place on Main Street.  The start and finish will all happen at the American Birkebeiner Finish Line.  The Team Sprint Race course will not utilize the American Birkebeiner International Bridge.



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 CupThe 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