Welcome to Birkebeinerløpet
Birkebeiner run 21 km, June 15th. 2024
Birkebeinerløpet is one of the most famous running races in Norway. The course is 21 km and takes you through various forest terrain.
Start at Birkebeineren Skistadion and finish at Håkons Hall, Lillehammer.
All competitors must have passed 16 years of age as per 31.12.2024.
Birkebeinerløpet 21 km
21 km terrain run. Start at Birkebeineren ski stadium and finish at Håkons Hall.
Total elevation: 337
Total downhill: 569
Start - Sjøseterlia 6 km
Start at Birkebeineren Ski stadium, Lillehammer 525 meter above sea level. From start to the first food - and drink station at 6 km in Sjøseterlia, you are running in the Olympic XC tracks form 1994. the track will vary between gravel, forest track and grass. This part has some steep downhills.
Sjøseterlia - Mesnasaga 6 - 9,5 km
The track is mostly grass. The track from Sagamyra to Myggbukta is a MTB track (dirt and gravel). From Myggbukta to Mesnasaga appr. 1 km at forest road.
Mesnasaga - Kroken 10 - 14 km
From Mesnasaga the track goes over the bridge over Mesnaelva and then on to Vårsætervegen. 1,5 km before Kroken the track wil leave Vårsætervegen and onto the track for Ingalåmi.
Kroken - mål ved Håkons Hall 14 - 21 km
Be aware of rocks and som wet spots in the track. The track takes you throug 1,5 km in the Maihaugen track to the top of Kleivbakken - around Nybu there may be crossing traffic on the road.
From the top of Kleivbakken the track takes you down to the finish at Håkons Hall.
Track profile Birkebeinerløpet 21km
Food- and drink stations
Place Km Service Start Refill Maxim sports drink and water Sjøsæterlia 6 km Maxim sports drink, water and bananas Mesnasaga 10 km Maxim sports drink, water, bananas and pastry Kroken 15 km Maxim sports drink, water, Pepsi Cola, bananas and pastry Finish 21 km Water, Vørterøl, Red Bull, Maarud Potetgull® (crisps) and Gilde sausage
Keep Birken clean
Littering along the route is not allowed, and will be punished with 15 minutes added to your time. Please bring your litter it to the nearest food station, or use the drop zones along the course
Starting times, seeding and classes
Birkebeinerløpet has seeded wave start and free seeding.
You choose wave when entering the race. You can change wave at your My Page if available spots until June 13th.
Final waves and starting times will be given 1-2 weeks prior the race.
Age classes for women and men; 16-19 yrs, 20-24 yrs, 25-29 yrs, 30-34 yrs and so on.
Elite classes for women and men
Classes for physically disabled women and men (FH)
Age as per 31.12.2024All waves start at real time, except Men and Women Elite
Preliminary Starting time Wave estimated finish time 11.00 Men Elite <01:22:00 11.05 Women Elite <01:40:00 11.10 1 <01:28:00 11.15 2 <01:32:00 11.20 3 <01:35:00 11.25 4 <01:38:00 11.30 5 <01:40:00 11.35 6 <01:45:00 11.40 7 <01:48:00 11.45 8 <01:50:00 11.50 9 <01:55:00 11.55 10 <02:00:00 12.00 11 <02:05:00 12.05 12 <02:15:00 12.10 13 >=02:15:00
Birkebeinerløpet has elite classes for men and women.
If you want to change class from your age class to elit class, pleas contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting times 2023
Men elite 12.00.
Women elite 12.05.
Competitors in the elite classes no longer receives placement in their age classes - only in the elite classes.
Birkebeiner Medal (merket)
Birkebeiner Medal (merket) /max time
To recieve the Birkebeiner Medal (merket) there is a time limit based on the average time of the top 5 competitors plus 25%, worked out separately for each class in Birkebeinerløpet 21 km.
All participants recieve a finisher medal at the finish line.
A diploma stating your time is also available at your My Page or inside Håkons Hall at the race day.
The top three contestants in each class recieves their prizes from the stage outside Håkons Hall.
Distribution of all other prizes is inside Håkons Hall on race day.
Participated 10 and 20 times
All participants finishing the Birkebeinerløpet 10 and 20 times, recieves a gourmet plate from Hadeland Glassverk. The plate is distributed inside Håkons Hall.
Prizes Birkebeiner Medal
1. medal - SMK (Silver medal)
5. medal - GMK (Gold medal)
10. medal - SST (Cover plate)
20. medal - GST (Cover plate)
Finish prizes for the winners in both Men and Women Elite
- 1. place: NOK 10.000,-
- 2. place: NOK 7.500,-
- 3. place: NOK 5.000,-
We do not send prizes or medals in the mail, so please remember to retrieve yours inside Håkons Hall before leaving the area.
Foreløpig informasjon for Birkebeinerløpet 2023
8 km fra start. Transport til Håkons Hall: 16.30
Vi regner med at alle har passert mål kl 18.00.
Hvis du må avbryte løpet, vennligst gi beskjed til våre frivillige i banen. Transport til mål vil bli organisert fra: Sjøsetervegen, Mesnasaga og Krorken.
Need to know in advance
Bus and parking
There will be free shuttle between the finish area at Håkons Hall and the start area at Birkebeineren ski stadium Saturday 09.00-18.00. The ride takes approximately 10 minutes from Håkons Hall to Birkebeineren ski stadium.
Arriving by train June 15th?
Are you arriving by train from south to Lillehammer (estimatet arrival at Lillehamme skysstasjon: 09:37, 10:06, 10:41 or 11:40) there will be free shuttle to the start at Birkebeineren ski stadium.
Bus to start UltraBirken and Birken fjellmaraton
There will be free shuttle to UltraBirken and Birken fjellmaraton from Kleivbakken behind Håkons Hall to start at Sjusjøen at 06.30 and at 07.00.
Booking: Send an an e-mail to email@example.com no later than Friday at 20.00.
Parking will be available at Birkebeineren ski stadium and east of Håkons Hall. Follow directions from our volunteers.
Parking: NOK 95,- Order in advance
Roads that will be closed on race day June 10th
- Sjøsetervegen will be closed from Birkebeiner Skistadion to Sagmyra between 09.00-16.00
- Nybuvegen is closed between 09.30-16.30. Furubakken will be periodically closed.
All participants, including foreigners, must have a valid license to enter Norwegian running events.
All participants age 13-79 must have a valid license to start in running events in Norway. If you have a valid license through your team, bring your license card when you retrieve your BIB.
The license is not included in the entry fee. It can be purchased when signing up, through your My Page, or at the race office when retrieving your BIB.
Exception: Birken 5KM: License is included in the sign up fee.
Injuries during the race
If you are injured during one of the Birkebeiner events, please contact the insurance company. If you have any questions please call "Idrettens skadetelefon" +4798702033
All competitors need a license.
Backpack is mandatory only for the UltraBirken race
For safety reasons, there are special rules for clothing and equipment that you must bring when participating in UltraBirken: Food, drink, extra clothing, reflective vest, mobile phone.
Use of poles
The use of poles is only permitted in the UltraBirken løp. The poles must be with you during the entire race, from start to finish. After the food station Nordseter/Sjusjøvegen, where you meet the ordinary Birkebeiner track for approx. 40 km, the poles must be put in your backpack until the finish line.
For your safety it is not allowd to use any form of audio during the race
No pets: It is not allowed to bring your pets into the race track.
Timekeeping / Bib
BIB must be visible at all times during the race. For your own safety, it is not permitted to use another participant's BIB.
Identification must be provided at random checks.
Your bib is also your timer. A chip on the back of the bib records the start time, intermediate time and time at the finish line.
Against race conditions: 30 minutes after crossing the finish line.
Towards the results list: 30 minutes after the list and results are published.
The complaint must be submitted in writing with a fee of NOK 100 at the Race Office in Håkons Hall.
Complaints will be heard by the jury.
Littering along the route is not allowed. Please bring your own litter to the nearest food station or use the drop zones along the course. Littering along the course can be penalized with 15 minutes added to your time.
Jury: Race leader, timing manager, course manager and medical manager.
On race day
What happens when ?
Thursday June 13th
- 15.00-21.00 Sport 1 marked
Friday June 14th
Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
- 10.00 - 21.00 Sport 1 marked
- 10.00 - 21.00 Race offic and Bib distribution
Saturday June 15th
Sjusjøen Ski Stadion
- from 07.00 Distribution Bibs for
UltraBirken and Birken fjellmaraton
- 08.00 Start UltraBirken run
- 08.30 Start Birken fjellmaraton
Birkebeineren ski stadium, start
- from 9.00 Distribution of Bibs
HalvBirken løp and Birkebeinerløpet
- 10.00 Start HalvBirken løp
- 11.00 Start Birkebeinerløpet
Haakons Hall, Lillehammer
- 10.00-18.00 Sport 1 market
- 10.00-18.00 Distribution of Bibs (Birken 5km, UngdomsBirken og BarneBirken), Race Office, Diplomas and prizes
- 13.00 Start Birken 5 km
- 14.00 Start UngdomsBirken løp
- 15.00 Start BarneBirken løp
Ceremonier, Håkons Hall
- From 12.00 HalvBirken
- From 13.30 Birkebeinerløpet and Birken 5 km
- From 14.00: Birken fjellmaraton
- From kl. 15.00 UltraBirken løp
- From kl. 15.15 UngdomsBirken løp
- From 16.00 rest Birkebeinerløpet
Distribution of Bibs
Distribution of Bibs
Friday June 14.:
- All races:
Haakons Hall kl. 10.00 – 21.00
Saturday June 15.:
- Birken 5 km, UngdomsBirken and BarneBirken run:
Håkons Hall 10.00-16.00
- Birkebeinerløpet 21 and HalvBirken run 12:
Birkebeineren ski stadium (Start) 09.00 - 13.10
- UltraBirken run and Birken fjellmaraton:
Sjusjøen ski stadium 07.00 - 08.30
You buy the license either when signing up, at your My Page after signing up or at the race office when picking up your BIB.
Your starting card is available for download from your My Page or the Birken app from approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the race. This is your confirmation of participation.The starting card must be shown to retrieve your BIB.
- All races:
- Stadium maps 2023
Luggage delivered in the starting area must be retrieved at Håkons Hall on race day.
Remember to use the labels inckuded in your race package, and then bring your luggage to the drop zone.
Birken holds no liability for lost/ruined luggage during transport or storage.
UltraBirken run and Birken fjellmaraton
Luggage drop of is close to start.
Drop zones for items needed during the race:
UltraBirken run: Pellestova and Nordsetervegen/Sjusjøvegen.
Birken fjellmaraton: Nordsetervegen/Sjusjøvegen.
Timing / BIB
The BIB must be fastened to your chest ( shirt) with safety pins.
The timing-chip is integrated in your BIB.
Time keeping for Birkebeinerløpet and HalvBirken run:
Real-time: The start time starts when crossing the start mat for alle waves except Men and Women Elite in Birkebeinerløpet and wave 1 in HalvBirken run.
Time-keeping for UltraBirken, Birken fjellmarathon, Birken 5km and UngdomsBirken:
Start shot: The start time is registered by the start shot.