Welcome to Birkebeinerløpet
Birkebeiner run half marathon 21 km September 5th
Birkebeinerløpet is one of the most famous running races in Norway. The course is 21 km and takes you through various forest terrain.
Start and finish at Birkebeineren Skistadion in Lillehammer.
All competitors must have passed 16 years of age as per 31.12.2020.
Birkebeinerløpet 21 km
Food- and drink stations
Information for Birkebeinerløpet 2020 will be published in August
Place Km Service Start Refill Maxim sports drink and water Finsveen 4 km Maxim sports drink and water Sjøsætervegen 8 km Maxim sports drink and water Mesnasaga 10 km Maxim sports drink, Coca-Cola, water, bananas and pastry Kroken 15 km Maxim sports drink, water, bananas and pastry Finish 21 km Water, Vørterøl, 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 September 3rd.
Note: It is a limited amount of 100 spots in each wave and max limit of entries of 4900.
All waves start at real time , except men and women elite that start at start shot.
Preliminary starting times
- 09.00 Men Elite, < 01:22:00
- 09.05 Women Elite < 01:40:00
- 09.10 wave 1, < 01:28:30
- 09.15 wave 2, < 01:28:30
- 09.20 wave 3, < 01:31:30
- 09.25 wave 4, < 01:31:30
- 09.30 wave 5, < 01:34:00
- 09.35 wave 6, < 01:34:00
- 09.40 wave 7, < 01:36:00
- 09.45 wave 8, < 01:36:00
- 09.50 wave 9, < 01:38:00
- 09.55 wave 10,< 01:38:00
- 10.00 wave 11,< 01:38:00
- 10.05 wave 12,< 01:40:00
- 10.10 wave 13,< 01:40:00
- 10.15 wave 14,< 01:40:00
- 10.20 wave 15,< 01:42:00
- 10.25 wave 16,< 01:42:00
- 10.30 wave 17,< 01:42:00
- 10.35 wave 18,< 01:44:00
- 10.40 wave 19,< 01:44:00
- 10.45 wave 20,< 01:44:00
- 10.50 wave 21,< 01:46:00
- 10.55 wave 22,<01:46:00
- 11.00 wave 23,< 01:46:00
- 11.05 wave 24,< 01:48:00
- 11.10 wave 25,< 01:48:00
- 11.15 wave 26,< 01:48:00
- 11.20 wave 27,< 01:50:00
- 11.25 wave 28,< 01:50:00
- 11.30 wave 29,< 01:50:00
- 11.35 wave 30,< 01:53:00
- 11.40 wave 31,< 01:53:00
- 11.45 wave 32,< 01:53:00
- 11.50 wave 33,< 01:55:00
- 11.55 wave 34,< 01:55:00
- 12.00 wave 35,< 01:55:00
- 12.05 wave 36,< 01:58:00
- 12.10 wave 37,< 01:58:00
- 12.15 wave 38,< 01:58:00
- 12.20 wave 39,< 02:00:00
- 12.25 wave 40,< 02:00:00
- 12.30 wave 41,< 02:00:00
- 12.35 wave 42,< 02:15:00
- 12.40 wave 43,< 02:15:00
- 12.45 wave 44,< 02:30:00
- 12.50 wave 45,< 02:30:00
- 12.55 wave 46,< 02:30:00
- 13.00 wave 47,< 02:30:00
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 31.12.2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The number of entries in the elite classes are limited to max 100.
Men elite 09.00.
Women elite 09.05.
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)
15. medal - Krus (Pewter pitcher)
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 competitors pin (in the start number packet) and a diploma that will be avialable for download at My Page
25% of participants starting in each class recieves a prize.
The top three contestants in each class recieves their prizes from the stage
Distribution of all other prizes is in the prize area..
We do not send prizes, pins or diplomas in the mail, so please remember to stop to recieve yours, before leaving the area.
The winners of each class recieves a pair of Asics sneakers.
Participated 10 and 20 times
All participants finishing the Birkebeinerløpet 10 and 20 times, recieves a gourmet plate from Hadeland Glassverk. The plate is ingraved.
The plate is distributed with the other prizes during the event.
Information for Birkebeinerløpet 2020 will be published in August.
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
Free shuttle buses Saturday September 5th
Between Lillehammer and Birkebeineren ski stadium. The bus ride takes about 10 minutes.
At start Birkebeineren Ski stadium. Parking NOK 75,- Order in advance
Information for Birken run festival 2020 will be updated in August
Roads that will bew closed on race day
- Sjøsetervegen will be closed east of Birkebeiner Skistadion where HalvBirken run crosses the road between 08.30-15.00
- Nybuvegen is closed. Furubakken will be periodically closed 09.00-17.00
All participants, including foreigners, must have a valid license to enter Norwegian running events.
All participants age 13-79 must have a valid licence to start in running events in Norway. If you have a valid licence through your team, bring your licence card when you retrieve your BIB.
The licence is not included in the entry fee. It can be purchased when entering, through your My Page, or at the race office when retrieving your BIB.
Exception: Birken 5KM - AKTIV against cancer: Licence is included in the entry fee.
Injuries during the race
If you are injured during one of the Birkebeiner events, please contact the insurance company.
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.
Real time: Birkebeinerløpet and HalvBirken run
A start mat placed at start activates your time keeping when you pass it. Exceptions: The elite classes in Birkebeinerløpet and wave 1 in HalvBirken run start at start shot.
Start shot UltraBirken run, Birken fjellmaraton and UngdomsBirken run
Time keeping starts as the start shot is fired.
Split times/Birkebeiner medal times during the race
During Birkebeinerløpet time keeping boards is placed by Sjøsætervegen and Kroken. It tells you what time you need to be able to make the Birkebeiner medal. Note: These times are all un-official.
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.
Please also see the entry conditions
On race day
What happens when ?
Preliminary information Birken run festival 2020
Birkebeineren ski stadium
Friday September 4.
10.00 - 22.00 Sport 1 market
10.00 - 22.00 Race Office and distribution of Bibs
Saturday September 5.
- from 6.30 Bib distribution and Race Office
- 07.30 Start UltraBirken løp
- 08.30 Start Birken fjellmaraton
- 09.00 Start Birkebeinerløpet
- 13.15 Start Birken 5 km - Aktiv mot kreft
- 13.30 Start HalvBirken løp
- 15.00 Start BarneBirken løp
- 16:00 Start UngdomsBirken løp
- 09.00-19.00 Sport 1 marke1
- 09.00-19.00 Diplomas
Distribution of Bibs
Bib distributkion at Birkebeineren ski stadium
Friday September 4. 12.00 – 21.00
Saturday September 5. from 06.30
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.
There is no registration on the day of the race.
Luggage delivery is by the start at Birkebeineren Skistadion.
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 fjellmaratong: Nordsetervegen/Sjusjøvegen.
Hand in these items in the start area.
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.