American Birkebeiner - February 25, 2017
American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Cable is Home of the American Birkebeiner, North America's largest Cross Country Ski Race, held annually each February. The world comes to the Cable & Hayward Areas for the Birkie & Kortelopet cross country ski races.
The Birkie trail is world-famous and takes racers on a challenging 50k course from Cable to Main Street in downtown Hayward. Over 9,500 skiers, including many international visitors, participate in this event.
There are many other events happening during the course of the weekend and days before:
Birkie fever isn’t only in February, the Birkie organization is expanded to these other world class events throughout the year:
Birkie Tour- January 15, 2017
Starting from the Birkie Ridge Trailhead participants get a Tour of the world class trail system. Park, start, and finish in the same location with a food tent to celebrate and socialize in after your ski! Choose to ski 12, 25, or 48 km. The Tour is pure fun and a great way to experience the wonderful Birkie Trail system. It’s perfect whether you’re a:
A Birkie skier looking for a supported training day;
A skier thinking about the Birkie event, but unsure about being ready;
A skier who loves to ski, but is not interested in ski racing.
Fat Bike Birkie- March 11, 2017
Birkie Trail Run & Trek- September 30, 2017
* This is the Birkie Trail, so there are those famous Birkie hills. Hammer it or cover your favorite distance at a recreational pace. Either way, this event has a great, friendly vibe and a finish-line party with local food and craft beer on tap from the Cabin Stop of Hayward. If you love to run great trail, this is the event to put on your calendar NOW. See you in September!
Today, 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 88-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!