13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie

13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie – Monday, February 15, 2021

A course for those who want to sample the Birkie!  Skiers in this event vary in age and ability, but they all seek the thrill of crossing the finish line.

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The Birkie will look different this year to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and skiers. This is in accordance with Provincial Health Authority Guidelines. There are numerous changes in order to comply with guidelines. Please read all of  the following:

New day, starts, and waves

In order to allow the most skiers possible a chance to participate, the 13 km event will be offered on holiday Monday, February 15, 2021. There will be two separate morning and afternoon starts; 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. A maximum of 80 participants are allowed in each session, spaced over three waves.

There will be no mass start. We are required to spread skiers out on the course so you will need to choose a wave to start in. Picking the right 13 km event (morning or afternoon), and the right start wave, will help us control movements through the start/finish areas and optimal spacing on the course during the event. Please read this waves document to aid in choosing one.

Due to strict limits on participation, we are not able to make any changes to your ski event or wave choice this year.

Start Times

Starts will be continuous throughout the waves, allowing for two skiers to start at 30 second intervals. There will be no warm up track.

Morning Start waves: 9:00, 9:20, 9:40 am

Afternoon Start waves: 13:00, 13:20, 13:40 pm

Registration and Bibs
There will be no registration package pick up this year. Bibs will be mailed to skiers ahead of time and will be required for entrance. Timing chips will be provided at the site. Skiers will need to fasten them around their ankle and return them at the finish. There is a $60 charge for non-returned timing chips.

Start Line and Finish Area

You will be required to fill out a pre-screening health questionnaire online prior to leaving for the course. Only skiers that have completed forms on file will be allowed to proceed to the parking zone.

This event starts and finishes at the Waskahegan Staging Area, in the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. No spectators will be allowed at the start, finish, or on the course.

You must wear a mask at all times on site, from your vehicle to the start, and again from the finish to your car. It is not a requirement to wear your mask on the course. We encourage you to wear a face mask at aid stations.

Results will be posted online for review. There will be no awards ceremony or medals distributed this year.

There will be no Festival Tent at the finish; you will not receive indoor food, beverage, or alcohol service. Please bring your recovery beverage and nutrition with you for individual consumption in your vehicle.

There is one aid station on the 13 km course mid-way. Volunteer and medical personnel will be on site. Re-hydration will be provided in 299 ml bottles. Nutrition shall be in the form of pre-packaged individual servings

Dress appropriately in layers and bring extra clothing and wax for changing weather.

Indoor washrooms are not available, but there will be outdoor portapotties.

Parking
There are no buses or shuttles. Skiers must arrange to be dropped off or park their personal vehicles on site. Please share vehicles with a cohort where possible.

Please time your arrival no earlier than 30 minutes prior to your wave start time, to park only where directed, and then proceed as quickly as possible to the start zone. Skiers in later waves will not be permitted to park or start early.

Please wax prior to leaving home, with touch up at your vehicle prior to proceeding to the start.

What’s the route?
The 13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie event is a loop starting from the field east of the Waskahegan Stadium out to Meadow Shelter and back. Course is rolling hills and winding trails beside many beaver ponds.

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.
  • Children 12 – 17 years old do not need to be accompanied by an adult guardian, but we recommend it.

More Details

Please refer to our FAQ page (will be updated periodically)

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