55 km with pack Torskeklubben Birkebeiner

Birkie Saturday, February 11, 2023
Ukrainian Village to Waskahegan

Skiers recreate the legend of the original Birkebeiner skiers by carrying the equivalent of the infant crown prince, a 5.5 kg (12 lb) pack. This point-to-point course rolls and winds through the scenic Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. The event starts at Ukrainian Village and finishes at the Waskahegan Staging Area.

Start Times

8.45 Official Opening 55km/31km 
9.00 Wave 1
9.10 Wave 2
9.20 Wave 3
9.30 Wave 4
9.40 Start 55km/31km Closed

2023 Description of Start Waves

Registration Package & Bib Pick-up

Registration package and bib pick up will take place at the Nordic Fair on February 10, 2023. Timing chips will also be distributed at this time. There is a $60 charge for non-returned timing chips.

Details about the Pack:

The 55 km skiers will have to weigh their 5.5 kg backpack or weight vest at both the start area and the finish area.

The pack worn must be over the shoulder; fanny packs do not qualify. Day packs, internal frame packs, or weight vests are acceptable. The pack (including contents, excluding consumables) must weigh a minimum of 5.5 kg or 12 lbs. Anything can be used to ensure correct pack weight that will still weigh the minimum at the finish line. Skiers may decorate their packs with a stuffed toy to signify the infant crown prince or to show off their Birkie spirit.

Age Limits

  • Children 2 – 11 years of age are not allowed.
  • Children 12 – 17 years of age are not recommended. If they register, they must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.
Registration Fees Oct 2022 Nov 2022 Dec 2022 Jan 2023 Feb 2023
55 km with pack Torskeklubben Birkebeiner $100 $110 $120 $130 $160

Shuttles will be at the finish line to take you back to your vehicle at the Ukranian Cultural Heritage Village.

World Loppet

Those registering for 31 and 55km distances will have the option to have their results posted to the World Loppet for a $5 administration fee.

Register Here

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