Birkie Open Track Ski1-Day, 3-Events, Main Street Finish!

The Open Track experience is back again! Same great events, same race course, inspiring downtown finish, simply with a more relaxed approach.  The Open Track event is for skiers that want to compete against themselves on the famed Birkie Trail.  Limited to the first 1000 people, you will experience less crowding, more open trail, and an opportunity to ski with other registered friends and family. It’s an exciting way to kick-off the beginning of Birkie Week 2023!

Registration

2023 Open Track Registration is Open!

 May 2 through May 26May 27 through July 7July 8 through September 8September 9 through November 3November 4 through December 1December 2 until close
Registration Fee$170$180$190$200$210$220
U20 Kortelopet/Prince Haakon fee
(born after 2/22/2003)
$115$115$115$115$130$145

Registration Details to Know!

All skiers in the Open Track must be registered – the race course will be closed for all other skiing.

The Open Track events have a participant limit of 1,000. Participants must be 13-years old for Prince Haakon and Kortelopet; 18-years old for Slumberland American Birkebeiner.

Classic and skate techniques can be utilized, however, on race day skiers must travel on the correct course for their chosen technique.

To update personal info (email, address, etc) for this event at any time:

  • Login to your RunSignUp profile.
  • Scroll down to your event and click “Manage Registration”
  • Click on “Participant Info” (along either top or bottom menu)

Make changes to your registration until January 17, 2023 at 11:59pm CST.

Skiers interested in skiing the Prince Haakon/Kortelopet on Friday, the American Birkebeiner on Saturday, and/or an Open Track event Wednesday can register for all races! Only 1 credit per American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, or Prince Haakon can be earned per year.

Bibs:

There will be no wave assignments or wave starts in the Open Track events.
All participants will wear the same color bib on race day. Bibs will designate which race you are in.
Special bibs, such as Birchlegger, Uberlegger, Korte Skiløper Ti, Tjue, and Tretti bibs will still be given.

2023 Birkie Gear Bag

It’s back for 2023!  Again, as part of our ongoing Birkie Green initiative, we’ve partnered with SWIX on the Birkie gear bag!  The reusable Birkie gear bag is available for $55 and only during registration for the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Open Track, and Fat Bike Birkie events!

Completion Credit:

Normal completion credit will be awarded for each Open Track event. However, if a skier chooses to register for both the Open Track event and the traditional Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon events later in the week, they will receive only 1 credit for that event. The maximum credit is 1-Birkie, 1-Korte, and/or 1-Prince Haakon event for Birkie week 2023. Skiers will not get credit for skiing two Birkies, two Kortes or two Prince Haakons, regardless of technique or day selected.

Future Wave Placement Credit:

For Wave Placement in Non-Open Track races we will continue to look at your highest-placing result from the previous 3 years. (Please see individual event pages for specific wave placement details, process and charts.) If you do not have a timed race result to use, your Open Track result will be used, which will allow you to bypass the final wave. Please see chart below:

Event You are Registering For in 2023Using 2022 Open Track Result (with no timed results from 2019, 2020, 2022)
Birkie SkateWave 7
Birkie ClassicWave 5
Korte SkateWave 4
Korte ClassicWave 3

Event Change Request

Participants may request to change their Open Track Event (distance) or to the Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon at any time until 11:59pm CST on January 17, 2023.  Event availability/wave placement is subject to availability at time of request. If the wave that you qualify for is full, you will be assigned to the next wave with space available. (Participants may no longer transfer to the Birkie or Korte once they are full.)  A change fee of $25 will be applied. You will receive an updated e-mail confirmation reflecting the change once the change has been made. If you do NOT receive an updated e-mail confirmation within 10 business days, contact registration@birkie.com.  In an effort to create an environment with reduced on-trail passing, consistent race flow, reduced congestion in aid stations, and the safest possible environment for all skiers, we are unable to downgrade a skier to a wave that is slower than the wave they qualify for (and outside of the wave options provided in the Race Day Selection emails).

To change your event:

  • Login to your RunSignUp profile.
  • Scroll down to your event and click “Manage Registration”
  • Click on “Transfer Event” (along either top or bottom menu)
  • Select the event you want to transfer to and complete the registration

American Birkebeiner Open Track Details

Experience the American Birkebeiner Skate (50K) and Classic (55K) races at a more relaxed pace.  All participants must be registered for the American Birkebeiner Open Track Event and must follow all participant rules.

Bib and Gear Bag Pick-up:

In the Celebration Tent on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30-10:00 am.

Getting to the Start:

You have options!

  1. Participants may bus from the Spectator Lot in the city of Hayward to the start line.  Buses will leave the Spectator Lot between 7:15-8:00 am on Wednesday.
  2. Get dropped off at the Start!  A special bonus of the Open Track!
  3. Park at the Start!  No parking pass needed for the Open Track on Wednesday! (Please note:  buses will NOT return to the start from the finish line.  Make sure you have a plan in place to get back to your car.)

Start Window:

8:00-9:00 am at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable.

Finish Window:

12:00-5:00 pm at the Main Street Finish.

Baggage:

Drop your baggage at the designated location at the start from 7:45 am- 9:00 am.  Bags will be waiting for you at the finish line!

Finish Line:

You made it!  After receiving your ski ties and finisher medal/pin, recharge with Kemps chocolate milk and Nuun energy drink.  Pick up your drop bag (if you have one) and meet your friends in the Celebration Zone to celebrate!  Busses will run 12:00pm-5:30pm to return to the Spectator Lot.

Kortelopet Open Track Details

Experience the Kortelopet race at a more relaxed pace.  All participants must be registered for the Kortelopet Open Track Event and must follow all participant rules.

Bib and Gear Bag Pick-up:

In the Celebration Tent on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30-10:00 am.

Getting to the Start:

You have options!

  1. Participants may bus from the Spectator Lot in the city of Hayward to the start line.  Buses will leave the Spectator Lot between 10:00-10:30 am on Wednesday.
  2. Get dropped off at the Start!  A special bonus of the Open Track!
  3. Park at the Start!  No parking pass needed for the Open Track on Wednesday! (Please note:  buses will NOT return to the start from the finish line.  Make sure you have a plan in place to get back to your car.)

Start Window:

11:00-11:45 am at the Kortelopet Start at the OO Trailhead

Finish Window:

12:00-5:00 pm at the Main Street Finish

Baggage:

Drop your baggage at the designated location at the start from 10:45-11:45 am.  Bags will be waiting for you at the finish line!

Finish Line:

You made it!  After receiving your ski ties and finisher medal/pin, recharge with Kemps chocolate milk and Nuun energy drink.  Pick up your drop bag (if you have one) and meet your friends in the Celebration Zone to celebrate! Busses will run 12:00pm-5:30pm to return to the Spectator Lot.

Prince Haakon Open Track Details

Experience the Prince Haakon race at a more relaxed pace.  All participants must be registered for the Prince Haakon Open Track Event and must follow all participant rules.

Bib and Gear Bag Pick-up:

In the Celebration Tent on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30-10:00 am.

Getting to the Start:

Participants must bus from the Spectator Lot in the city of Hayward to the start line.  Buses will leave the Spectator Lot between 10:00-10:30 am on Wednesday.

Start Window:

11:00-11:30 am at the Prince Haakon Start

Finish Window:

12:00-5:00 pm at the Main Street Finish

Baggage:

Drop your baggage at the designated location at the start from 10:45-11:30 am.  Bags will be waiting for you at the finish line!

Finish Line:

You made it!  After receiving your ski ties and finisher medal/pin, recharge with Kemps chocolate milk and Nuun energy drink.  Pick up your drop bag (if you have one) and meet your friends in the Celebration Zone to celebrate! Busses will run 12:00pm-5:30pm to return to the Spectator Lot.

See below for aid station times and information.

Course

Main Street Finish HaywardOpen Track skiers will ski the same courses as the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon events later in the week. Skiers will start at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Kortelopet Stadium, or Prince Haakon Stadium, respectively, then they’ll ski down the Birkie Trail, over frozen Lake Hayward, and across the American Birkebeiner International Bridge to the finish on Hayward’s snow-covered Main Street. American Birkebeiner classic skiers must use the classic course.

Aid Stations and Cut-Off Times

Participants are encouraged to bring their own hydration vessels to fill at the self-serve aid stations.

Aid Station LocationAid AvailableAmerican BirkebeinerKoretopetPrince Haakon
Timber TrailWater, Nuun, GU gel, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies8:20-10:00 am
Fire TowerWater, Nuun, GU gel, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies8:30-11:00 am
Boedecker Water, Nuun, GU gel, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies, Oranges9:00 am-12:00 pm
OOWater, Nuun, GU gel, GU Chews, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies9:30 am-12:15 pm
Gravel PitWater, Nuun, GU gel, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies, Oranges10:00 am-1:00 pm10:00 am-1:00 pm
Mosquito BrookWater, Nuun, GU gel, GU Chews, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies11:00 am- 2:00 pm11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Fish HatcheryWater, Nuun, GU gel, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies, Stroopwaffles11:30 am- 2:30 pm11:30 am- 2:30 pm11:30 am- 2:30 pm

Awards

Since this is an Open Track, or more relaxed event, no overall or age group awards will be offered in the Open Track events, however you can qualify for your Birkie or Korte decade award.