What’s New at Birkie 2014 – What You Need to Know

American BirkebeinerFebruary 12, 2014

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 – Important Updates for Birkie 2014 – 



 NEW! 100 Parking Spots Available at Race Start!

Have you always wanted to park near the Birkie Start? Now you can make a donation and park right at Telemark! Your minimum donation of $100 will go toward a future permanent start area for the Birkie, which we estimate will cost upwards of $400,000.00. There are only 100 passes, so sign up now before they are gone! Click Here for Details.

Giant Hospitality Tent at Bus Drop-Off

Because Telemark Lodge is closed, we are supplying all the pre-race coffee, hot chocolate, and room to chill before you head to the start area, at our big, heated Hospitality Tent right at the bus drop-off area at Telemark.


 Saturday Night Awards Ceremony – Celebration Tent

Everyone is welcome! Don’t miss this post-race gathering that starts with a slide show of Birkie race day and Birkie Week at 6:30, then the overall awards, starting at 7:00. Craft beer on tap will be served along with red and white wine and munchies, pop, etc., provided by the Cabin Stop of Hayward. AND … BIG DOOR PRIZES, including pairs of skis from SALOMON, ALPINA, andMADSHUS so far, a CONCEPT2 SkiErg … with more prizes on the way! Must be present to win!  

Birkie Podium Presentations – Tent City / Finish Line 

See the Birkie Champions up close and personal at the new podium location, next to Peoples Bank Midwest, Tent City, near the finish line in downtown Hayward.Time: Approx. 12:00 noon.

Korte Champions Also Take the Podium at Birkie Finish

Kortelopet champions will also now be recognized on the main Birkie Podium in downtown Hayward. Help us celebrate these skiers immediately following the Birkie Champion presentations. See above.

Press Conference w/ Champions – Celebration Tent

Hear what it’s like to ski in that lead pack, all the way from Cable to Hayward, in just over two hours (sometimes less!) at the Birkie Press Conference, right in the Celebration Tent! Time: Approx. 12:30 pm.


New Bibs

All American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon skiers will get new racing-style bibs this year. Produced by Hidden Bay Graphics. See photo!

No Timing Wire at Start   

For details, see this great article on SkinnySki.com.

The Birkie Supports Clean Athletes

Top 20/Random Birkie Skate skiers across the finish line at this year’s American Birkebeiner on February 22 will be tested by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).

SUNDAY – FEB. 23:  


 “Fast and Female” for Girls Ages 9 – 19 

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: For GIRLS ages 9-18 – an afternoon of athletic inspiration and activities with Caitlin Gregg, 2010 Winter Olympian and two-time Birkie Champion. This special girls-only event will be held at the same time and location as the Birkie On-Snow Ski Demo, below.
Click Here for Details. Click Here to Register.

On-Snow Ski Demo

Actually, this is the second time around for the On-Snow Ski Demo to be held at “OO,” but this year what’s new is the food, music, and new tent for trying on ski boots. Also, this year, try out a Trek bike, right on the classic trail. See you there for this final after-after-party for Birkie 2014! Click Here for Details.

Questions about the 2014 American Birkebeiner?
Email birkie@birkie.com or call 715-634-5025.

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