GeneralMarathonsNewsRacingBirkie Fever Preview #3: Stats: 20 countries. 47 states. 10,000 racers.

Avatar February 23, 2010
The Start of the American Birkebeiner
The Start of the American Birkebeiner

The American Birkebeiner

Worldloppet ice sculpture (photo: birkieweb.com)

*FIS Marathon Cup and Worldloppet Race

*Years in the running:  37th annual

*Number of participants in all races:  10,000 (last year: approx. 8,500)

*Number of participants in 50k skate and classic: 8,300

*Countries represented: 20

*States represented: 47

*Most represented countries other than U.S.: Canada, Norway and Finland

*Top five U.S. states represented: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado

*Volunteers: 2,000

*Spectators: 15,000

*Last year’s winners:

Elite sprints on Main Street
Elite sprints on Main Street (photo: birkieweb.com)

Elite sprint: Kevin Hochtl, Rebecca Dussault

50km skate: Matt Liebsch, Rebecca Dussault

50km classic: Gus Kaeding, Martina Stursova

Korteloppet skate: Lacy Spencer, Jessie Diggins

Korteloppet classic: Bob Gerten, Anne Hart

Overall Team: Peter’s Cheaters:  Anders K Osthus, Jan L Guenther, Michael J Myers

*Number of aid stations on 50 km course: 8

*Prize money (in Euros):

1st: 5,000

2nd: 2,500

3rd: 1,500

4th: 900

5th: 500

6th: 100

Nordic statue (photo: birkieweb.com)

*Start elevation: approx. 1375 ft

*High Point on skate course: at approx 12.5 km, 1750 ft

*Low point on skate course: at approx. 47-49 km, 1250 ft

*Elevation gain on skate course: 4587 ft (1398 meters)

*Elevation gain on classic course:  4524 ft (1379 meters)

*Trail Report(as of Feb 22nd): “Excellent Conditions” with 15-20″ base

*Race Map

*Virtual Race Course preview via “Race My Race”

*Elite Women List

*Elite Men List

Children's Barneberkie
Children's Barneberkie (photo:birkieweb.com)

*Schedule of Events:

Thursday, February 25:

12:15pm, Hayward Main St: Torch Lighting Ceremony

12:30pm, Hayward Golf Course: Barneberkie children’s race

1:30pm: Barnie ski games, presented by CXC

2:30pm, Hayward Main St: Elite Sprints

Friday, February 26:

8:30 am, Flat Creek Inn and Suites: Worldloppet Breakfast for Passport holders

9am, Telemark Resort: Junior Birkie

10am, Cable Natural History Museum: Family Snowshoe Hike

12:30pm, Hayward Main St: Ski Joring demo

1:30pm, Birkie Expo: Mt Everest presentation “Climbing Beyond our Limits”

1:30 pm Hayward Main St: Citizen Sprints

2:15pm, Telemark Resort: 5/10km Family Fun Ski

Saturday, February 27:

8am, Telemark: American Birkebeiner and Korteloppet start

10:15, Telemark: Prince Haakon race

7pm, Telemark Resort: Awards

Birkie Volunteers (photo: birkieweb.com)

Sunday, February 28:

9am, Steakhouse in Hayward: Birchleggings Breakfast

1pm, Steakhouse in Hayward: Volunteers Party

Birkie Fever Preview Part 3: Stat Summary: 20 countries. 47 states. 10,000 racers.

Years in the running: 37th annual

How many in 2009 races: approx. 8500

How many in 2010 races: approx. 10,000

Countries represented: 20

States represented: 47

Most represented countries other than U.S.: Canada, Norway and Finland.

Top five U.S. states represented: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado.

Last year’s winners:

Elite sprint: Kevin Hochtl and Rebecca Dussault

50km skate: Matt Liebsch and Rebecca Dussault

50km classic: Gus Kaeding, Martina Stursova

Korteloppet skate: Lacy Spencer, Jessie Diggins

Korteloppet classic: Bob Gerten, Anne Hart

Overall Team: Peter’s Cheaters: Anders K Osthus, Jan L Guenther, Michael J Myers

Number of aid stations on 50 km course: 8

Prize money (in Euros):

1st: 5000

2nd: 2500

3rd: 1500

4th: 900

5th: 500

6th: 100

Start elevation: approx. 1375 ft

High Point on skate course: at approx 12.5 km, 1750 ft

Low point on skate course: at approx. 47-49 km, 1250 ft

Elevation gain on skate course: 4587 ft m(1398 meters)

Elevation gain on classic course: 4524 ft (1379 meters)

Trail report: As of February 22: “Excellent Skiing!!!” http://www.birkie.com/page/show/104651-american-birkebeiner-trail

Race Map: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0007/2682/BirkieMap.pdf

Take a Virtual Race Course preview via “Race My Race” http://www.racemyrace.com/birkie/

Elite Women http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0009/9345/EliteWomen2010Web.pdf

Elite Men http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0009/9344/EliteMen2010web.pdf

Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 25:

12:15pm, Hayward Main St: Torch Lighting Ceremony

12:30pm, Hayward Golf Course: Barneberkie children’s race

1:30pm: Barnie ski games, presented by CXC

2:30pm, Hayward Main St: Elite Sprints

Friday, February 26:

8:30 am, Flat Creek Inn and Suites: Worldloppet Breakfast for Passport holders

9am, Telemark Resort: Junior Birkie

10am, Cable Natural History Museum: Family Snowshoe Hike

12:30pm, Hayward Main St: Ski Joring demo

1:30pm, Birkie Expo: Mt Everest presentation “Climbing Beyond our Limits”

1:30 pm Hayward Main St: Citizen Sprints

2:15pm, Telemark Resort: 5/10km Family Fun Ski

Saturday, February 27:

8am, Telemark: American Birkebeiner and Korteloppet start

10:15, Telemark: Prince Haakon race

7pm, Telemark Resort: Awards

Sunday, February 28

9am, Steakhouse in Hayward: Birchleggings Breakfast

1pm, Steakhouse in Hayward: Volunteers Party

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