Welcome to HalvBirken run
HalvBirken run June 15th
The track is 12 km in forrest terrain consisting of both gritt, forrest roads, paths and grass. Start and finish at Birkebeineren Ski Stadium (525 masl) Lillehammer.
Participants must be over the age of 16 years old as of 31.12.2024.
HalvBirken run 12 km
Food- and drink stations
Drink and food station after 6 km (Kroken). Maxim sports drink, water, bananas and traditional pastry.
After crossing the finish line you will be served water, Red Bull, Maarud® potato crisps and sausage from Gilde.
Remember to drink enough water both prior to and during the race.
Starting times, seeding and classes
HalvBirken run 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.
Age classes for women and men.
16-19 yrs, 20-29 yrs, 30-39 yrs and so on.
Age as per 31.12.2024
Classes for women and men physically disabled (FH)All waves start at real time , except wave 1 that start at start shot.
Preliminary Starting time 2023 Wave estimated finish time 11.00 1 <01:05:00 11.05 2 <01:15:00 11.10 3 <01:30:00 11.15 4 >=01:30:00
Prizes HalvBirken run
All participants recieve a competitors 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 in each age class recieve their prizes from the stage in Håkons Hall, 13.00
Distribution of all other prizes is in the prize area at Håkons Hall.
We do not send prizes or medals in the mail, so please remember to stop by Håkons Hall to recieve yours, before leaving the area.
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 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 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
- 11.00 Start HalvBirken løp
- 12.00 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
- 14.00 Start Birken 5 km
- 15.00 Start UngdomsBirken løp
- 16.00 Start BarneBirken løp
Ceremonier, Håkons Hall
- From 13.00 HalvBirken
- From 14.00: Birken fjellmaraton
- From. 14.30 Birkebeinerløpet and Birken 5 km
- From kl. 15.00 UltraBirken løp
- From kl. 16.15 UngdomsBirken løp
- From 17.00 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.