Upper Midwest Endurance Challenge
The final event in the Challenge.
The American Birkebeiner is North America's largest and most prestigious cross-country skiing event drawing 13,000 skiers from nearly every State and 22 Countries to the three days of events each February. The 50K Birkie Skate Race and 54K Birkie Classic Race traverse the beautiful, wooded, world famous, and very challenging Birkie and Birkie Classic ski trails. The Birkie races start near Cable, Wisc. and skiers enjoy an exciting finish in downtown Hayward on Main Street. The Birkie is capped at 10,000 skiers and closes out in mid-fall, so the decision was made to make this the finale in the triad of events.