The Prince Haakon event is named after the baby prince who started it all!  Be a part of the Birkie week fun and excitement!  You’ll ski through the forest on the amazing Birkie Trail, glide across frozen Lake Hayward, ski over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge as you make your way to the finish line on Hayward’s snow-covered Main Street! #Birkie2024

  • The ideal event for first-time racers and skiers looking for a shorter event
  • Is open to both skate and classic technique skiers age 13 and older
  • Check out the new Open Track version for a more relaxed event!
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Registration

2024 Prince Haakon Registration Closed 11/7/23

There is not a waitlist for registration

May 1 through June 29June 30 through September 7September 8 through November 2November 3 until November 7
Prince Haakon Registration Fee$185$195$205$220
U20 Prince Haakon
(born after 2/24/2004)
$125$125$135$145

Registration Details to Know!

All participants must be 13 years of age or older on race day in order to register for the Prince Haakon.

Please register under the same name every year (exact spelling) in order to keep track of your previous race finishes.  If you are unsure of the name you registered under previously, please call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025 or email registration@birkie.com.

  • 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)

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.

Skiers interested in skiing the Prince Haakon on Friday, the Birkie on Saturday, and the Open Track Korte on Wednesday can register for all races!

U20 Skiers

As part of the ABSF’s efforts to promote youth development in the sport, we will be offering a U20 (born in 2003 – 2008) age class wave for the Prince Haakon.  U20 athletes will be the first off the starting line!

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons.  Vertical Insure offers Registration Cancellation Insurance so you can insure your non-refundable registration fee in the case injury, illness, or other unexpected events occur.* Please see policy for complete list of covered perils at https://landing.verticalinsure.com/birkie. Limitations and exclusions apply.

Learn More About Vertical Insure Registration Protection!

2024 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 $60 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.

Event Change Request

Participants may request to change from the Prince Haakon to the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, or Open Track at any time until 11:59pm CST on January 16, 2024 unless an event is full (see allowed transfers below).  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 or Kortelopet 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 approved. If you do NOT receive an updated e-mail confirmation within 10 business days, contact registration@birkie.com.

  • 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
    • Transfer to the American Birkebeiner are no longer allowed. The event is full

2024 Eligible Transfer Table

Event you are registered for currentlyEligible for a transfer request to this event
Birkie SkateBirkie Classic*
Birkie ClassicBirkie Skate*
Birkie Skate or ClassicKorte Skate or Classic*
Birkie Skate or ClassicPrince Haakon
Birkie Skate or ClassicOpen Track, any distance
Korte SkateKorte Classic*
Korte ClassicKorte Skate*
Korte Skate or ClassicPrince Haakon
Korte Skate or ClassicOpen Track, any distance
Prince HaakonOpen Track, any distance
Open TrackOpen Track, any distance
*subject to wave availability

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

Bib Pickup and Event Week Schedule

Pre-Race Bib Pickup:

Bib Number Email Confirmations will be sent out the week before Birkie Week

Thursday, February 22

  • Location: Birkie Expo, Hayward High School
  • Times:
    • Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • You will pick up your bib and Birkie Gear Bag or Plastic Bag (if you ordered one).  You will not receive both types of bags.
  • Expo Preview

Race Day, Friday, February 23, Bib Pickup: 

  • Location: Start Area 
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • There will be NO BIRKIE GEAR BAG PICKUP at the start.  Plastic bags will be given to all those picking up bibs at the start. If you ordered a Birkie Gear Bag and are unable to pick up your bag following your race at the Birkie Expo between 12pm-8pm, you can have your Birkie Gear Bag mailed to you. Deadline to claim your 2024 Birkie Bag is March 31, 2024. Bags will be mailed in April 2024.

Race Policies

The race is run according to the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Skiing (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 Prince Haakon must be 13 years of age by February 23, 2024. There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancelation. Entry fees are non-transferable between individuals or to future races.

Clothing Bag Procedures: policies for using the clothing transport from the start to the finish.

ABSF Participant Rules

ABSF Wax Policy

Trash Penalty

A trash penalty is now in place for all Birkie events. Any participant, coach, or support crew caught throwing waste on the trail or into the woods between aid stations could be assessed a 15 minute penalty. There will be “Last Chance” garbage disposal areas as you leave each aid stations at all races. Violators should be reported by bib number via email at birkie@birkie.com or to a volunteer at the next aid station.  Read more in the Participant rules above.

Cut-Off Times

Participants must complete their race by 5 pm. Cut-off times for races will be strictly followed for the safety of participants and volunteers.  Participants not following guidance from Medical Staff and Race Chiefs will risk penalty and possible ineligibility for future Birkie Events.

Aid Stations and Cut-Off Times

LocationAid Availablefrom Start Cut-off Time
StartWater0
Fish HatcheryWater, UnTapped Energy & Hydration, Bananas, Sandwich Cookies7K3:35 PM
Finish LineCelebration Zone and Soup Tent!15K5:00 PM

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Race Tracking

Track your ski with RTRT!

The 2024 Slumberland American Birkebeiner Live Results are now available via web at https://track.rtrt.me/e/ABSF-BIRKIE-2024. Have a Smartphone? Download the RTRT.me Mobile App at https://rtrt.me/app and select the 2024 Birkie event. Participants, Family & Friends can all use Live Results to share in the excitement. On race day, spectators can get status of participants in real-time using the Live Tracker & Leaderboard. Details such as time, pace, position on the map and estimated finish will be instantly available!

Awards

All Prince Haakon finishers will receive a medal when they cross the finish line!

The top three overall women and men will be recognized in a ceremony in the Celebration Plaza at 3:00 pm on Friday. Winners are based on overall, chip time, not the first to cross the finish line. There is no technique distinction in the awards.

Lodging & Services

For lodging information, see our Lodging page.

Camp Birkie Childcare

Find more information and registration details HERE!

Future Event Dates

Save the Date:

2025: February 19 – 22