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American Birkebeiner - February 25, 2017

American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cable is Home of the American Birkebeiner, North America's largest Cross Country Ski Race, held annually each February. The world comes to the Cable & Hayward Areas for the Birkie & Kortelopet cross country ski races.

The Birkie trail is world-famous and takes racers on a challenging 50k course from Cable to Main Street in downtown Hayward. Over 9,500 skiers, including many international visitors, participate in this event.

There are many other events happening during the course of the weekend and days before:
Birkie 50k (skate) or 55k (classic)
Kortelopet 23k
Prince Haakon 12k
Elite Sprints
5k/10k Family Fun Ski
Junior Birkie
Barkie Birkie Skijor
Birkie Sit-Ski
Giant SkiSnowshoe Hike
Camp Birkie Child Care

Birkie fever isn’t only in February, the Birkie organization is expanded to these other world class events throughout the year:

Birkie Tour- January 15, 2017
A Great Time to Ski the Distance on the Birkie Trail!

Starting from the Birkie Ridge Trailhead participants get a Tour of the world class trail system. Park, start, and finish in the same location with a food tent to celebrate and socialize in after your ski! Choose to ski 12, 25, or 48 km. The Tour is pure fun and a great way to experience the wonderful Birkie Trail system. It’s perfect whether you’re a:

A Birkie skier looking for a supported training day;

A skier thinking about the Birkie event, but unsure about being ready;

A skier who loves to ski, but is not interested in ski racing.


Fat Bike Birkie- March 11, 2017 
The Fat Bike Birkie provides a one-day-a-year chance to ride your fat bike on the groomed, snow-covered American Birkebeiner Ski Trail! Fat bikes and mountain bikes are otherwise not allowed on the snow covered, groomed trail system because our priority is giving skiers the best possible experience all winter. This event is a one day exception to this rule and is for fat bikes only. No mountain bikes are permitted.


Birkie Trail Run & Trek- September 30, 2017
The FIVE Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek events put you on some of the best sections of the famous Birkie Trail and now—for die-hard trail and single-track runners—we’ve added sections of SINGLETRACK to the marathon and half marathon courses! These single-track sections are part of the CAMBA trail system, one of the best in the nation and the single-track capital of the Midwest. The Birkie Trail itself has enough roots and rocks to keep it interesting. But, for runners looking to break free from the roads, it is a great crossover and introduction to trail running. The main course is 30 feet wide, grass covered, and mowed, with a bike path down the middle to keep those sections fast. There is plenty of room to pass on the uphill’s, downhills, and flats. Also new this year is that all events start and finish at the new Birkie Ridge trailhead, right off Hwy. 63, just two miles north of Seeley, WI. Starting here puts you on some of the best parts of the Birkie Trail and single-track.

* This is the Birkie Trail, so there are those famous Birkie hills. Hammer it or cover your favorite distance at a recreational pace. Either way, this event has a great, friendly vibe and a finish-line party with local food and craft beer on tap from the Cabin Stop of Hayward. If you love to run great trail, this is the event to put on your calendar NOW. See you in September!

For more information Visit the American Birkebeiner Website >

Birkie History
The American Birkebeiner ski race in Wisconsin was created in 1973 as a dream of the late Tony Wise. It started out with 34 men and one lone woman as race participants. Read more about history of race here. The race currently enlists 9,500 racers each year. Throughout the weekend festivities there are about 11,000 skiers of all ages and abilities and about 20,000 estimated spectators.

Today, the Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race--the legendary American Birkebeiner--The Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 88-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. Located near Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, the Birkie is now an outdoor sports mecca, a series of great races, a fitness destination, and a lifestyle. Ski. Run. Bike. Live!

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