Be a part of the tradition! Join us for the 33rd Seeley Hills Classic!

The Seeley Hills Classic, started in 1992, is the second-largest annual classic cross-country ski event on the Birkebeiner Trail. The 42K race is an American Birkebeiner qualifying race.

Steeped in history and local ties, the race has served as a major fundraiser for the Seeley Ski Club, allowing it to promote skiing in a number of ways. The club was responsible for lighting the Birkie Trail at the Highway OO area, and developed 15K Sawyer County Ski Trail in the Seeley area, which it maintains and grooms. Today, with the help of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the Seeley Hills Classic legacy will continue to keep skiing strong in the Seeley area.

Exciting for 2023! Seeley Hills Classic is also a SuperTour! Participate with the best skiers in the US! Click here for more information!


2023 Seeley Hills Classic Registration Closed

May 1 - Sept 8Sept 9 - Nov 17Nov 18 - Jan 12Jan 13-14

*Please note, if you register Friday or Saturday (January 13 or 14), you may not receive a participant hat due to the high number of participants this year.

Participants must be 15 years of age or older on race day to compete in the 42K event.  Participants must be 10 years of age or older on race day to compete in the 22k event.

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons.  Next Wave Insurance offers Regsaver so you can insure your non-refundable registration fee in the case injury, illness, or another covered peril occurs.* Please see policy for complete list of covered perils at Limitations and exclusions apply. Next Wave Insurance, CA License #: OF00755.

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Race Changes

Races changes may be made until 7:00pm Thursday, January 12.

  • To change your race event/technique (ALL EVENTS):
    • Log in to your RunSignUp Profile HERE
    • Scroll down to your event and click on “Manage Registration”
    • Click on “Transfer Event” (along both top and bottom menus).
    • Then select which new race you want to transfer to and complete new registration. You will be charged any differences and/or associated fees in the final cart.

Please email with registration questions.

Venue & Course Maps


All races will start and finish at the Hwy OO Trailhead in the Kortelopet Stadium in Seeley, WI.

Parking is available at OO in the north and south lots at the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center.  Please use the Key Log Crossing to access the Kortelopet Stadium from the north side and do not cross directly on the road. Porta-potties will be located in the parking lots and at the start/finish line.

Course Maps

The 42K race will start at OO in the Kortelopet start area and make its way over Hwy OO on the Key Log Crossing.  The course will go north on the Birkie Skate Trail, turn around at Fire Tower, and head south on the Birkie Classic Trail.  The race will continue on at OO, heading south beyond Gravel Pit for 2K before skiing 180 degrees and heading north to OO and the finish in the Kortelopet stadium.

The 22K is returning to its roots!  From the Kortelopet stadium, the course will go south 11K, turn around, and head north to finish in the Kortelopet stadium.

Aid stations will be found at Boedecker and Gravel Pit for the 42K race.  The race will travel through each station twice.  The 22K race will have an aid station at Gravel Pit.  Aid stations will offer water and GU products.  Consider going green and carrying your own hydration vessel!

42K Course Map

22K Course Map

Seeley Hills SuperTour Course

Race Day Schedule

Friday, January 13

  • 4:00-7:00pm: Bib Pick-up (Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center)

Saturday, January 14

  • 7:00-9:30am: Bib Pick-up (Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center)
  • 9:00am: SuperTour 30k Start (Kortelopet Stadium)
  • 10:00am: 42k Start (Kortelopet Stadium)
  • 10:05am: 22k Start (Kortelopet Stadium)
  • 12:00pm: Post-Race Party Begins (The Sawmill)
  • 2:00pm: Awards Ceremony (The Sawmill)
  • 2:30pm: Raffle Drawing (The Sawmill)
  • 3:00pm: Finisher Cut-Off (Kortelopet Stadium)
  • 4:00pm: End of Soup Service (The Sawmill)

Sunday, January 15

  • 10:00am: SuperTour Sprints Start (The American Birkebeiner Trailhead)

Wax Policy

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation encourages participants of all events on the Birkie Trail to use non-fluorinated waxes. As part of the US Super Tour and US Ski and Snowboard, no fluorocarbon waxes will be allowed at the 2023 Seeley Hills Classic.


Overall winners for the 42K and 22K races will receive an award, as well as the top two in each age group category.  Awards will be presented following the race at the Sawmill Saloon at 2 pm.

Penman Award for the top 3 male and female finishers in the 42K!  Special thanks to Pioneer Midwest for supporting classic skiing and Gary Penman’s hope that classic skiing live on and be celebrated.

1st place:  $1000
2nd place:  $250
3rd place: $125

Age Group Categories – Top 2 in Each Age Group

42K Race

– 29 years and under
– 30 – 39 years
– 40 – 49 years
– 50 – 59 years
– 60 – 69 years
– 70 + years

22K Race

– 19 years and under
– 20 – 29 years
– 30 – 39 years
– 40 – 49 years
– 50 – 59 years
– 60 – 69 years
– 70 + years


Do you have an interest to volunteer for the Seeley Hills Classic? We need help with Aid Stations, Awards, Bibs, Parking, Start and Finish area. Click here to review available shifts.


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The Seeley Hills Classic races will start and finish at the Hwy OO Trailhead in Seeley, WI. Within driving distance from Duluth, MN 1:30, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 3:00, Madison, WI 4:50, and Chicago, IL 7:20.

Lodging Options

For more information, please visit our lodging page to view the different lodging options that are around the area.


Title Sponsor
Overall Title Sponsor of the Seeley Hills Classic

Pioneer Midwest

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

Earth Rider Brewery
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
GU Energy Gel
New Moon Ski Shop
Kwik Trip