13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie

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Birkie Saturday – February 8, 2025
13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie

13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie is a course for those who want a taste of skiing the Birkie or are like to improve their time on a short distance ski! Skiers in this event vary in age and ability, undoubtedly they all seek to cross the finish line. 

Course Description

This 13 km course is a loop starting from the field east of the Waskahegan Stadium out to Last Chance (Meadow) Shelter and back. The loop offers a nice and something challenging cross-country ski with rolling hills and winding trails beside the beautiful beaver ponds of Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area.

What is included in your registration?

  • Classic technique cross-country ski tracks in majestic Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, approximately 48 km east of Edmonton
  • Race bib, timing chip, and results/ranking uploaded to Zone4
  • Duffel Bag/Backpack storage during your event
  • Food and drinks at finish line
  • Water, snacks, and nutrition at 13, 31, and 55 km food stations
  • Bus shuttles between Sherwood Park, Ukrainian Village and Waskahegan
  • Medals for top three M/F in 13, 31 and 55 km events and age category medals description here
  • Hand-made birch wood medals for short events
  • Ski Patrollers along the course and Sweeps at the end
  • Certified medical personnel at food stations and finish line
  • Love and admiration of dedicated volunteers
Registration Fees Nov 2024 Dec 2024 Jan 2025 Feb 2025
13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie $TBD $TBD $TBD $TBD


Start Line & Finish Area

The 13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie starts and finishes at the Waskehegan Staging Area in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. Follow the signs to access the start. The start is behind the Festival Tent, past the picnic shelter to a big field. Plan on a 10-minute walk to the start line and place yourself in a lane based on your estimated skiing time in the wave of your choice.

  • 2024 Stadium Short Start/Finish Line Map Coming Soon

    Start Times

    1:20 Official Opening 13 km/ 7 km
    1:30 Start of first wave
    1:35 Start of the second wave
    1:45 Start 13 km/ 7 km Closed

    The 13 km event will have wave starts. The first wave will be at 1:30 and is for the skiers who would expect to be in the top 1/3 in terms of finishing position. The second wave at 1:35 is for slower more `methodical’ skiers. Wave start choice is not required during registration; please select a wave informally and start off accordingly. There is no time advantage to either wave as your time starts when your timing chip (and presumably you) cross the start line.



    Medals are given to overall male and female winners and medallions are given to age groups 18 and under. Adult age group finish times provided for informational purposes

    Event day Instructions

    • Dress appropriately in layers and bring extra clothing and wax for changing weather.
    • Bring a duffel bag or backpack to store your warm clothing and other items for use after the race. Drop it off at the Clothing Tent in the Finish Line/Stadium Area and you can pick it up after your ski.
    • In your race pack you will find a tag and zip tie to attach to your clothing bag. IMPORTANT: clearly mark your BIB NUMBER on your tag.. 
    • Snacks and coffee are available in the Festival Tent.
    • Indoor washrooms are not available, but there will be outdoor portapotties.

    Registration Package & Bib Pick-up

    Registration package and bib pick up will take place at the Nordic Fair on February 7, 2025. Timing chips will also be distributed at this time. There is a $100 charge for non-returned timing chips.

    Age Limits

    • Children 2 – 7 years of age are not allowed.
    • Children 8 – 11 years of age must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian in the same event.
    • Children 12 – 17 years old do not need to be accompanied by an adult guardian, but we recommend it.

    Parking and Shuttle

    • No parking at the Short Start at the Waskehegan Staging Area.
    • Skiers and spectators must park at Bethel Transit Terminal.
    • Free shuttle buses run continuously between Bethel Transit Terminal and Waskahegan from 8:00 am until 5:45 pm. Buses leave when they are full (about every 10-15 minutes) and the ride takes approximately 30 minutes.