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. This event starts at Ukrainian Village and finishes at the Waskahegan Staging Area.

Start Times

Start waves: 9:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m.

Registration and Bibs
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. 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.

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 you carry must be one that is worn over the shoulders; fanny packs do not qualify. Most skiers wear day packs, while others wear internal frame packs or weight vests. The pack (including contents) must weigh a minimum of 5.5 kg or 12 lbs and it will be weighed prior to the start of the event and at the finish line to ensure the minimum weight is met. People use everything from spare clothing and wax kits, to sand, rice and even bird seed to ensure the correct weight of their packs. Many skiers will decorate their packs with a stuffed toy to signify the infant crown prince, or just to show off their Birkie spirit. The pack requirement originated in the Norwegian Birkebeiner Loppet where participants were for many years required to carry spare clothing, water, food and other survival items along the mountainous route.

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.

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