1-Day, 3-Events, Main Street Finish!

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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 1500 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 2025!

Registration

2025 Open Track Registration will Open on May 1, 2024.
Early Membership Registration Week is April 8-15, 2024.

May 1 through June 27June 28 through September 5September 6 through October 31November 1 until Closed
Registration Fee$200$215$230$240
U20 Kortelopet/Prince Haakon fee
(born after 2/19/2005)
$135$140$145$150

Registration Details to Know!

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

Participants must be 13-years old for Prince Haakon and Kortelopet; 18-years old for Slumberland American Birkebeiner.

Registration closing dates are determined by participant numbers/capacity and are not on a set, predetermined date.  Event closings are announced to email subscribers, via social media posts, and on the website.

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 14, 2025 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. You will have an assigned start window timeframe.
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.

2025 Birkie Gear Bag

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 $70 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.

  • During the 2025 registration process, you can claim your own bag for only $70!  The $145 value Birkie gear bag is available during the registration process only.
  • Quantities limited! Register for the race and gear bag soon to guarantee a Birkie gear bag!
  • Birkie gear bags will be distributed as part of bib pick-up.
  • To add-on a Birkie Gear Bag (subject to availability):
    • Login to your RunSignUp profile.
    • Scroll down to your event and click ‘Manage Registration’
    • Click ‘Add Ons’ (along either top or bottom menu)
    • Change your “Birkie Gear Bag” selection

Birkie Gear Bag Features

The Birkie gear bag has large, heavier zippers and plastic clips throughout the bag.

  • Reinforced #10 zippers
  • Tarpaulin panel on the bottom section for waterproofing and greater durability
  • Bottom wet-sealed compartment for Nordic Boot storage (fits up to size 13 Nordic boot)
  • Fleeced lined Sports Shield zipped compartment for glasses or visor, with brushed lining to prevent lens scratches and quick, easy access
  • Large top-load zippered compartment for warm-up clothing, extra hats, and gloves
  • Two zippered side compartments for extra water bottles and accessories
  • Inside secured pocket for valuables; mobile phone, keys and wallet pocket
  • Main pack body is made from tough 600D PVC backed polyester, internal frame-sheet transfers weight evenly and contours to the wearer’s back
  • Padded EVA foam back offers cushioning and breathability over pressure points, and padded shoulder straps and harness system to distribute weight evenly

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 2025. Skiers will not get credit for skiing two Birkies, two Kortes or two Prince Haakons, regardless of technique or day selected.

Worldloppet Credit

Birkie distances are eligible for Gold Credit.
Korte distances are eligible for Silver Credit.

Future Wave Placement

Please see individual event pages for specific wave placement details, process and charts.  If you do not have a timed race result to use, you will be placed based on the following chart:

Event You are Registering For in 2024Using 2023 Open Track Result (with no timed results from 2020 or 2022)
Birkie SkateWave 9
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 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, or Prince Haakon until 11:59pm CST on January 14, 2025 unless an event is full (see eligible transfer table below).  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 American Birkebeiner once it is 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 approved. 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

2025 Eligible Transfer Table

Event you are registered for currentlyEligible for a transfer request to this event
Birkie SkateBirkie Classic, Korte Skate, Korte Classic, Prince Haakon, Open Track*
Birkie ClassicBirkie Skate, Korte Skate, Korte Classic, Prince Haakon, Open Track*
Korte SkateBirkie Skate, Birkie Classic, Korte Classic, Prince Haakon, Open Track*
Korte ClassicBirkie Skate, Birkie Classic, Korte Skate, Prince Haakon, Open Track*
Prince HaakonBirkie Skate, Birkie Classic, Korte Skate, Korte Classic, Open Track*
Open TrackBirkie Skate, Birkie Classic, Korte Skate, Korte Classic, Prince Haakon*
*subject to wave availability

Ineligible event change requests will be reversed and refunded minus processing fees if requested.

Race Policies

The race is run according to the rules and regulations of the FIS and any special requirements stated in the entry form, Birch Scroll, this web site, www.birkie.com and participant race instructions. Offenses against any of these rules may lead to disqualification for current or future events and the forfeiture of any and all awards.

All participants in the Birkebeiner Open Track must be 18 years of age by February 19, 2025. Kortelopet and Prince Haakon Open Track skiers must be 13 years of age by February 19, 2025. There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancellation. Entry fees are non-transferable between individuals or to future races.

Skiers must ski the distance they have registered for- no participant in the American Birkebeiner can ski the Kortelopet or Prince Haakon without officially changing their race entry (see above for how to request an Event change).  Participants who complete a technique for which they are not registered (for example – ski the skate course when they registered for classic) will be credited for completing the race but will not be given a finish time, will not be eligible for awards, and will not be included in the official results.

ABSF Participant Rules

Birkie Wax Policy

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.

Future Event Dates

Save the Date:

2025: February 19-23

2026: February 18-22

2027: February 17-21