Welcome to Birkebeinerløpet
Birkebeiner run 21 km, June 10th. 2023
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 31.12.2023.
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, Coca Cola, bananas and pastry Kroken 15 km Maxim sports drink, water, 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 avalable spots until June 8th.
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 31.12.2023All waves start at real time, except Men and Women Elite
Preliminary Starting time Wave estimated finish time 10.00 100 W65+, M70+ and disabled 11.00 Men Elite <01:22:00 11.05 Women Elite <01:40:00 11.10 1 <01:28:30 11.15 2 <01:31:30 11.20 3 <01:34:00 11.25 4 <01:36:00 11.30 5 <01:38:00 11.35 6 <01:40:00 11.40 7 <01:42:00 11.45 8 <01:44:00 11.50 9 <01:46:00 11.55 10 <01:48:00 12.00 11 <01:50:00 12.05 12 <01:53:00 12.10 13 <01:55:00 12.15 14 <01:58:00 12.20 15 <02:00:00 12.25 16 <02:05:00 12.30 17 <02:15:00 12.35 18 >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 email@example.com.
Preliminary Starting times
Men elite 11.00.
Women elite 11.05.
Results and the Birkebeiner medal
Participants in the elite classes will get results in both elite classes, and their age classes.
Results in the elite classes do not affect the time limit for receiving the Birken medal. Participants in these classes will gain the medal if their results are within the time limit set by de top 5 participants in each age class.
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. Participants finishing within the limit for the first time will receive a diploma and the "Birkebeiner Medal" silver pin.
Note: Competitors starting in Men and Women Elite does not affect the Birkebeiner Medal time limit.
The Birkebeiner medal, and the honorary diploma, is given to participants qualifying 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 times.
Achieving the max time qualifies to:
1. medal - SMK (Silver medal)
5. medal - GMK (Gold medal)
10. medal - SST (Silver statue)
20. medal - GST (Gold statue)
The results of participants starting in the elite classes is registered both in the elite class, and their age class. No max time is calculated in the elite classes, but participants in these classes gains the Birkebeiner medal if they are within the max time set for their age class.
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.
We do not send prizes or medals in the mail, so please remember to retrieve yours before leaving the area.
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.
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,-
Preliminary information for Birkebeinerløpet 2022
8 km from start. Transportation to Håkons Hall: 16.30
We expect that everyone has passed the finish line at 18.00.
If you need to abandon the race, please notify our volunteers in the track. Transport to the finish will be arranged from our Sjøsetervegen, Mesnasaga and 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 08.30-18.00. The ride takes approximately 10 minutes from Håkons Hall to Birkebeineren ski stadium.
Arriving by train June 11th?
Are you arriving by train from south to Lillehammer (estimatet arrival at Lillehamme skysstasjon: 09:37, 10:41, 11:40 or 12:45) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 75,- Order in advance
Roads that will be closed on race day June 11th
- 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 needs a license.
Bacpak is compulsary for UltraBirken run.
For safety reasons there are special rules for clothes and equipment that you must bring when participating in UltraBirken: Food, drink, extra clothes, reflex west, mobile phone. Bumbag is not allowed
For your safety it is not allowd to use any form of audio during the race.
Time keeping / Bib
The BIB must be visible at all times during the race. For your own safety it is not allowed to wear another participants BIB.
Identification must be provided in case of random control.
Your bib is also your time keeper. A chip at the back side of the bib logs your start time, split time and time at the finish.
Against race conditions: 30 minutes after passing the finish line.
Against the list of results: 30 minutes after the list and results have been published.
The complaint must be submitted in writing with a fee of NOK 100 at the Race Office in Håkons Hall.
Complaints will be handled by the jury.
Jury: Race leader, Head of timing, Trail manager and Head of sanitation.
Please also see the entry conditions
On race day
What happens when ?
Preliminary information 2023
Thursday June 8th
- 15.00-21.00 Sport 1 market
Friday June 9th
Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
- 10.00 - 21.00 Sport 1 market
- 10.00 - 21.00 Race Office and distribution of Bibs
Saturday June 10th
Sjusjøen Ski Stadium
- from 07.00 Distribution of Bibs
- 08.00 Start UltraBirken run
- 08.30 Start Birken fjellmaraton
Birkebeineren ski stadium, start
- from 8.30 Sistribution of Bibs and Race Office
- 10.00 Start Birkebeinerløpet
- 14.00 Start HalvBirken løp
Haakons Hall, Lillehammer
- 10.00-18.00 Sport 1 marke1
- 10.00-18.00 Distribution of Bibs, Race office, prizes and diplomas
- 14.00 Start BarneBirken run
- 15.00 Start Birken 5KM
- 16.00 Start UngdomsBirken run
Ceremonies, Håkons Hall
- From kl. 13.30 Birkebeinerløpet
- Fromkl. 14.30 Birken fjellmaraton og UltraBirken løp
- From kl. 15.30 Birken 5 km
- From kl. 16.00 HalvBirken løp
- From kl. 17.15 UngdomsBirken løp
Distribution of Bibs
Distribution of Bibs
Friday June 9.:
All races: Håkons Hall kl. 10.00 – 21.00
Saturday June 10.:
Birken 5 km, UngdomsBirken and BarneBirken run:
-Håkons Hall 10.00-18.00
Birkebeinerløpet 21 and HalvBirken run 12:
-Birkebeineren ski stadium (Start) 08.30 - 14.00
UltraBirken run and Birken fjellmaraton: Sjusjøen ski stadium 07.00 - 08.30
Starting card is available for download from your My Page, from approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the race. This is your participation confirmation.The start card must be shown to retrieve your BIB. You may also use the Birken app for this.
- Stadium maps
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.
Hand in these items in the start area.
Timing / Bib
The bib must be fastened to your chest ( shirt) with safety pins.
Your result is registered in the chip that is integrated in your start number.
Time keeping starts when crossing the start mat.
Start shot (the start time is registered by start shot) applies for:
The elite classes in Birkebeinerløpet 21 km, wave 1 in HalvBirken run, UltraBirken run, Birken fjellmaraton, Birken 5 km and UngdomsBirken run