Birkie Registration Opens Monday, June 2

Alex KochonMay 29, 2014
Start of the 2014 American Birkebeiner (Photo: Darlene Prois)
Start of the 2014 American Birkebeiner (Photo: Darlene Prois)

(Press release)

HAYWARD, Wisconsin (May 28, 2014) – It’s time to sign up for an amazing four days of fun at the 42nd annual American Birkebeiner on February 21, 2015! Registration for the Swix American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, and all Birkie Week events, opens June 2, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. CST. Again this year, registration is completely online at

New for 2015!
There are a few changes and additions this year, including the brand new Birkie website, a new event insurance option, and a chance to win a Birkie Week VIP package when you Like the Birkie Facebook page. See details below.


New Website
All those planning to register should be aware that the Birkie now has a brand new website at The ABSF suggests you visit the new site to get familiar with the Birkie ski events page. The new website makes it easier to see all the ski events in one place. Then, each individual event page has its own “Registration” button.

Skier Confirmation
As soon as you register for any Birkie Week event, you will receive an email confirmation. You can also access your confirmation for the Birkie, Korte, and Haakon events through the “Confirmation” button on those event pages. 

Wave Placement
Please allow up to 30 days for wave placement notification, which you will receive by email from the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

Event Insurance
Having to commit to an event six-plus months in advance can be difficult, and issues can arise. The Birkie recognizes this and now offers an option for the Birkie, Korte, and Haakon similar to travel insurance in case something happens that prevents you from participating. Information about this insurance option will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Participant Cap
The total participant cap for the 2015 Birkebeiner 50/54K, Kortelopet 23K, and Prince Haakon 12K events is set at 10,500. All levels of skiers are encouraged to participate–experienced skiers as well as those new to the sport of cross country skiing. While registration for the 2014 Birkebeiner and Kortelopet closed on October 9, 2013, registration for the Prince Haakon remained open longer, giving new skiers just starting their “Birkie Fever” experience time to get into the ski season, get on skis–often for the first time–and be able to get to the starting line of the greatest show on snow!

There is no way to predict how quickly registration will fill for 2015 events, so if you, friends, and family are interested in participating, consider signing up early to ensure you get in and also to take advantage of the lower registration fees.

Win a Birkie Week VIP Package!
The American Birkebeiner invites you to Like its facebook page to keep up with all the latest Birkie happenings. On July 1, 2014 a randomly selected Birkie Facebook follower will be selected to receive the following Birkie Week VIP Package: Parking at the Birkie Race Start area; Race Wax Service; and $100 in Chamber Bucks from the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce—good at more than 250 area restaurants, hotels, ski and bike shops, grocery stores, golf clubs, and more.

Questions? If you have any questions, especially if you will be new to the Birkie this year, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are happy to help! Email or call 715-634-5025.

Thanks to all our Sponsors, including SWIX, Title Sponsor of the American Birkebeiner and Birkie ski events, Feb. 19-22, 2015, as well as FITS, New Moon Ski & Bike, Gu Energy, Hammer Nutrition, Marshfield Clinic – Hayward Center, Timber Ford of Hayward, and dozens of other businesses, organizations, and professional services.

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 107-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!

Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is a former FasterSkier editor and roving reporter who never really lost touch with the nordic scene. A freelance writer, editor, and outdoor-loving mom of two, she lives in northeastern New York and enjoys adventuring in the Adirondacks. She shares her passion for sports and recreation as the co-founder of "Ride On! Mountain Bike Trail Guide" and a sales and content contributor at When she's not skiing or chasing her kids around, Alex assists authors as a production and marketing coordinator for iPub Global Connection.

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