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American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race & Events

American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race from Cable to Hayward, WI

American Birkebeiner
Feburary 21 - 24, 2019

This is the largest & longest cross country ski race in North America. It has been part of the Worldloppet since 1973. It's two premier events are the 55km (34mi) classic ski & the 51km (32mi) freestyle ski races from Cable to Hayward, WI. The American Birkebeiner is held annually in February. Each year approximately 10,000 skiers participate in the Birkie Race, Korteloppet Race and Price Haakon Race & many other events that take place during the weekend activities.

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation in Hayward, WI

American Birkiebeiner Cross Country Ski Race - The Slumberland American Birkebeiner®, Powered By Swix:

  • Spans 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers
  • North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon
  • Skiers from 49 States and 36 countries participated in 2018!
  • Part of the Worldloppet circuit of 20 international ski marathons and part of the American Ski Marathon series of 13 races.

Korteloppet Race - 
2019 Kortelopet skiers will experience a great race course with less congestion, a memorable finish line experience, and the recognition they deserve for skiing an amazing 29 kilometer race!  Imagine skiing up and over the iconic International Bridge to the sounds of ringing cowbells and cheering crowds as you ski toward the finish line on the snow-covered Main Street of Hayward, Wisconsin.  Now, families and friends who have skiers participating in the Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon have the opportunity to cheer each other on during their respective races.  Spectators, too, will enjoy the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere, food, and music in downtown Hayward.

Prince Haakon Race -
Prince Haakon skiers will have a memorable experience skiing 15 kilometers on the beautiful Birkie Trail.  Their journey will culminate with a trip up and over the International Bridge, amidst the ringing cowbells and cheering crowds, as they ski toward the finish line in downtown Hayward WI.  Spectators, too, will enjoy the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere, food, and music in downtown Hayward on Friday, for the Korte and Prince Haakon, and on Saturday for the Birkie.

Adaptive Ski -
The Birkie Adaptive Ski event is an exciting part of the American Birkebeiner. This race features adaptive athletes competing head to head across Lake Hayward and up and over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge. 

Junior Birkie -
The Junior Birkie, presented by Gear West, finishes at the Birkie Finish Line on Main Street in Hayward. There are three race distances for the different age groups. All registered skiers will get a Junior Birkie hat. The race is open for all junior age groups. The relays will start and finish in downtown Hayward on the Birkie Finish Line.

Barnebirkie -
The Barnebirkie is presented by Johnson Bank & Swiss Miss. Its a non-competitive Ski Tour for youth ages 3 to 13yrs old.

This is where Birkie Dreams begin! Imagine nearly 1000 kids skiing from Lake Hayward, over the International Bridge, and up Main Street to the iconic finish line of the American Birkebeiner!  Kids can choose to ski either a 1 km or 3 km course that goes up and over the International Bridge, or a 1/2 km course that does not go over the bridge.

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