The ParaBirkie event is an exciting part of Birkie Week Events. The race features adaptive athletes competing head to head on the Birkie Trail.


Registration is now open for the 2024 ParaBirkie!

Registration fee is $25 / participant and online only. Guides must register, but no there is no fee.

Event Information

The Birkie Adaptive Race will start at 9:00 am on Friday, February 23 on the American Birkebeiner Trail at Wheeler Rd.  The race course will follow the Birkie course across Lake Hayward, over the International Bridge, and finish on Main Street.  Parking, accessible porta-potties, and bib pick-up will be at Wheeler Rd starting at 8:30 am.  Please no walkers on the course.  Any support crew with an athlete must be on skis.  Volunteers will be on the International Bridge to offer assistance.   A course marshall will be sweeping the course and keeping track of skiers.  All skiers must be off the course by 10:30 am.


Bib Pick UpWheeler Road intersection of the Birkie Trail8:30 am
3.7 km Mass StartWheeler Road intersection of the Birkie Trail9:00 am
Finishline CelebrationFinishlineUntil 10:30 am

Course and Venues

ParaBirkie Course Map »

Start Venue: Directions to the start: From Hayward, take Hwy 77 east.  Take a right on Wheeler Rd.  In 1/4 mile you will see a sign to park.

Finish Venue: Finish on Main Street at the American Birkebeiner Finish! Cross the line and enjoy Kemp’s chocolate milk, and recovery bars after you earn your finisher medal!


A parking lot will be at Wheeler Rd., just next to the Birkie Trail for participants.  Accessible parking at the finish is found adjacent to the Celebration Plaza and on each block near Main St.


All finishers will receive a ParaBirkie Finisher Medal and fun, food, and drink at the finish line!


Sponsors of the ParaBirkie

Ski for Light, Inc

Gold Circle Elite
Gold Level Sponsors of the Major Birkie Events Year-Round

Kwik Trip
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
Republic Services
Backroads Coffee
Earth Rider Brewery


Looking for a bigger challenge? Contact if you are interested in skiing the Prince Haakon, Kortelopet, or American Birkebeiner. We can help with logistics!

New to Adaptive Skiing? Learn about programs and resources available through the CXC Adaptive Program.

Other questions? Contact the Birkie Office or 715.634.5025