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

Introducing the Open Track experience – 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 a new and exciting way to kick-off the beginning of Birkie Week 2022!

Registration

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

Tier Entry Fee Tier Status & Registration

Tier 1

$155.00

Tier 1 - First 2500 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet & Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 5/2/21

Tier 2

$165.00

Tier 2 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 5/26/21

Tier 3

$175.00

Tier 3 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 9/16/2021

Tier 4

$185.00

Tier 4 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers

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)

Skiers interested in skiing the Prince Haakon/Korte on Friday, the Birkie 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, regardless of their chosen race, on race day.

Special bibs, such as Birchlegger, Uberlegger, Korte Skiløper Ti, Tjue, and Tretti bibs will still be given.

2022 Birkie Gear Bag

It’s back for 2022!  This year, as part of our ongoing Birkie Green initiative we’ve designed a new custom Birkie gear bag with SWIX!  The reusable Birkie gear bag is available for $50 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.

2022 Birkie Gear Bag

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 2022. 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 4:00pm CST on January 25, 2022.  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 Pick-up:

In the Celebration Tent on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, February 23 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 7:30-8:00 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:

12:00-4:00 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!

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 Pick-up:

In the Celebration Tent on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, February 23 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 10:30-11:00 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:

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

Finish Window:

12:00-4:00 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!

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 Pick-up:

In the Celebration Tent on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, February 23 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 10:30-11:00 am on Wednesday.

Start Window:

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

Finish Window:

12:00-4:00 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!

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

Similar to the 2021 Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races, aid stations will offer self-serve water & Nuun, and GU Energy. Aid stations will have fewer offerings than the traditional races later in the week.

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.