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

The Junior Birkie presented by Gear West starts at the Hayward City Beach and 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 on the Birkie Finish Line. Teams are composed of 2 or 3 members (depending on age group) of the same sex and age group. Teams may represent a club or school team, but no affiliation with each other is necessary.  We can also match up individuals to make up a team if you are interested in racing, but need teammates. Unofficial teams of mixed gender will be allowed to race, but will not be eligible 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.  The event is limited to 15 teams per group.

Year of BirthCategoryIndividual Mass Start DistancesTeam Sprint Relay Distances
U8 Girls & Boys1.2 km2 x 500m
2008-2009U10 Girls & Boys1.2 km2 x 500m
U12 Girls & Boys3 km2 x 500m
2004-2005U14 Girls & Boys3 km2 x 500m
2002-2003U16 Girls & Boys5 km3 x 800m
1999*-2001High School Girls & Boys5 km3 x 800m
*Competitors must be in High School in the 2017-18 school year.

Registration & Bib Pick Up


 Now thru 6:59 pm February 21
Relay Member$10

Registration Deadlines

Individual & Sprint Race registration is online only, closing at 6:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. 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.

Bib Pick Up

Thursday, February 22nd 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the in the registration tent at the Start area near the Hayward City Beach.

Race Schedule

Individual Races

2:00 pmU16 & High School Boys 5 km
2:15 pmU16 & High School Girls5 km
2:30 pmU14 Boys3 km
2:45 pmU14 Girls3 km
3:00 pmU12 Boys3 km
3:15 pmU12 Girls3 km
3:30 pmU8 & U10 Boys1.2 km
3:45 pmU8 & U10 Girls1.2 km

Team Sprint Races

4:15 pmHS & U16 Boys Relay3 x 800m
4:20 pmHS & U16 Girls Relay3 x 800m
4:25 pmU14 Boys Relay2 x 500m
4:30 pmU14 Girls Relay2 x 500m
4:35 pmU12 Boys Relay2 x 500m
4:40 pmU12 Girls Relay2 x 500m
4:45 pmU8 & U10 Boys and Girls Relay2 x 500m

Venue and Course Map

The Junior Birkie starts at the Hayward City Beach and 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.

Check out the Thursday Thrills Event Map for details.

Event Details

Post Race

Refreshments will be available in the Celebration Plaza.
All finishers will receive a medal.


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.

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