Event Changes Announced for the Birkie
HAYWARD, Wis. – With the unseasonably warm temperatures, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced that Birkie Week events scheduled for Friday, February 24, have been moved to Saturday, February 25. These events include the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races.
In addition, ABSF officials have determined there are three possible scenarios for Saturday events.
- SCENARIO 1: With some snow remaining on the trails from the American Birkebeiner Trailhead to the OO Trailhead, Birkie staff are monitoring trail conditions. Hopes for measurable snow on Friday, but there is a very slim chance that a one-way timed race could be held (American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races.)
- SCENARIO 2: If there is enough snow and conditions are such that 10,000 plus participants can safely ski, however unsafe for a competitive race, there is a possibility of an untimed open-track, looped-event on the Birkie Trail for the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Price Haakon events.
- SCENARIO 3: If snow is unavailable, participants will be apart of the first-ever winter Birkie run and street party celebration in downtown Hayward. Live music, Birkie Brew-ski, food vendors, and a festival atmosphere.
The safety of event participants remains first and foremost for ABSF officials, as well as a goal of creating the best possible participant experience for all.
The following events have been cancelled due to weather conditions:
- Nikkerbeiner and Opening Ceremonies
- Elite Sprints
- Birkie Adaptive Ski
For a full list of revised events visit www.Birkie.com.