Welcome to HalvBirken run
HalvBirken run June 10th
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 31.12.2023.
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 31.12.2023
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 <01:20:00 11.15 4 <01:30:00 11.20 5 >=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, 16.00
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 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