Birkebeiner Rennet

Birkebeinerrennet celebrating 80th anniversary tomorrow

According to the great winter with lots of snow Norway is having this season many Norwegians are ready for their big cross country skiing festival, the Birkebeinerrennet. Tomorrow (18th March) we are going to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the legendary race from Rena to Lillehammer. The course, conditions & and the wether forecast are promising a perfect weekend in Norway. 

Perfect weather and increasing numbers

“Our final preparations are according to the schedule. The finish area is ready & the other venues are rigged. The track has been groomed regularly and we have really good snow conditions.”, promises the Birkebeiner-OC. 

The weahter forecast predicts sun. Lots of sun. And cold. Very cold. -20 degrees are predicted for the starting morning tomorrow, so warm clothes are reccomended to survive the journey over the mountains between Rena & Lillehammer. 

“A novelty this year is that the veterans start after elite classes. The 80th anniversary we are going to celebrate with different activities, such as exhibitions at Rena and activities along the track.”, so the Birkebeiner-OC.

The entries this year are ahead of the past season, which means that the popularity of ski races in Norway is increasing again. In total we are talking about 18.000 participants throughout the Birken Skifestival,. The major part of them is skiing the traditional Birkebeinerrennet tomorrow: 9500 skiers. 1500 skiers participated today at the FredagsBirken and 200 teams are registered for the StafettBirken.

Extras for the 80th anniversary

For the 80th anniversary there will be an own anniversary class of skiers. With old ski equipment, dressed up or just as they want to ski…  The anniversary class is suitable for anyone who wants a little extra fun over the mountain from Rena to Lillehammer. There is no competition, just focus on the great skiing together with others & there will be nice withdrawal prizes.

Pippa Middleton is going to ski the Birken also this year.

Ski hosts are on the starting line for those who want a motivator over the mountains. The host’s task is to make the trip enjoyable, contribute with his expertise as a renowned man in the trail/mountain, assist with wax and be a pleasant tour operator for debutant and those who need some extra tips.

An own exhibition showing the history of the Birken at the Amot Kulturhus in Rena & an extra service station in Kvarstad with extra food service are some news for the anniversary edition of the Birkebeinerrennet. 


Program of the Birkenbeinerrennet 2018

Brief summary of the Birken

Birkebeinerrennet – a unique ski race and a mountain experience for cross-country skiers. 
Birkebeinerrennet and its region has a very stable climate with good winters and a lot of wild snow in the high ground. Our mountains and the meeting with Norwegian nature makes Birken attractive to foreigners as well  as to Norwegians.  

Birkebeinerrennet is a unique ski race over the mountain. With its track, profile and demanding mountains makes it a real challenge to all XC skiers and a rite of passage under tough conditions. And of course the position of XC skiing in Norway with our skiing traditions, our stars, makes Birkebeinerrennet and XC skiing in a special position for all Norwegians.

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