HAYWARD — The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is announcing changes to the Salomon/Swiss Miss Barnebirkie taking place on Thursday, Feb. 25.
“All children skiing the Barnebirkie will start behind the Hayward Primary School,” said Shellie Milford, Director of Race Operations. “We made the decision to move the Barnie race start to offer a better race course for skiers and spectators.”
The Barnebirkie is for skiers ages three to 13. The youngest skiers participating in the one kilometer event will ski across school property until they connect with Main Street. They will then venture to the Barnie Finish Area located in front of Peoples Bank on Main Street.
Skiers completing the 3 and 5 kilometer events will ski from the Hayward Primary School to the Hayward Golf and Tennis Club property. They will then ski one or two laps, return to the Primary School and then on to the finish area.
“We believe these changes will offer all of the athletes a better event, “Milford said. “Athletes will enjoy a great course with rolling terrain and great scenery.
“The new location also offers spectators better viewing opportunities. Spectators can watch athletes at the start, see them along the golf course and then a short walk will get them to Main Street to see the finish.”
Barnebirkie bib pick-up and new registration takes place at the Hayward National Guard Armory from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. The race registration fee for the Barnie is $5.
After their finish skiers will find tons of cookies and of course lots of Swiss Miss hot chocolate in the Birkie Celebration tent.
Children can enjoy various games and activities on their skis in the lot next to Peoples Bank.
Following the Barnebirkie the Elite Sprints will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Hayward’s Main Street. The sprints offer spectators the perfect opportunity to see the Elites up close as they compete head-to-head to be named the Elite Sprints Champion.
For a complete Schedule of Events and up-to-the-minute information, log on to www.birkie.com.
NOTE: The 37th anniversary American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet events are expected to draw 7,500 skiers. Another 2,500 are anticipated for shorter races and events. To learn more about North America’s largest and most prestigious cross country ski race, log on to http://www.birkie.com, email email@example.com or call (715) 634-5025.