Welcome to HalvBirken run
HalvBirken run June 11th
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 31.12.2022.
HalvBirken run 12 km
HalvBirken run is 12 km start and finish at Birkebeineren Ski Stadium (525 masl)
The track is in forrest terrain consisting of both gritt, forrest roads, paths and grass
Track profile HalvBirken run 12km
Food- and drink stations
Preliminary information 2022
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 warm soup, water, 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 9th.
All waves start at real time , except wave 1 that start at start shot.
- 14.00: Wave 1, <01:05:00
- 14.05: Wave 2, <01:10:00
- 14.10: Wave 3, <01:15:00
- 14.15: Wave 4, <01:20:00
- 14.20: Wave 5, <01:30:00
- 14.25: Wave 6, more than 1.30 and disabled (FH)
Age classes for women and men.
16-19 yrs, 20-29 yrs, 30-39 yrs and so on.
Age as per 31.12.2022
Classes for women and men physically disabled (FH)
All participants recieve a competitors pin and a diploma that will be avialable for download at My Page .
The top three in each age class recieve their prizes from the stage in Håkons Hall.
Distribution of all other prizes is in the prize area at Håkons Hall.
We do not send prizesor or pins in the mail, so please remember to stop by Håkons Hall to recieve yours, before leaving the area.
Need to know in advance
You will need a apporved corona certificate to enter the race.
- All competitors in Birkebeinerrittet must have a approved COVID certificate to start.
- Information about EU Digital COVID certificate
- If you do not have an approved COVID certificate you will have to show a negative test taking no longer than 24 hours before start. The test can be done where you live or in Lillehammer.
- Test station for Birken will be available Friday September 3rd, 17.00-21-00 in Lillehammer (Håkons Hall), and Saturday September 4th at Birkebeineren ski stadium (start area) from 08.30.
- The test will take at least 20 minutes.
If you are starting in an early wave, we recommend to take the test the day before start.
- The test at Birken test station is free for the competitors in Birkebeinerrittet.
- Entry quarantine and rules upon arrival in Norway
Please read the updated information from the Norwegian Government
Bus and parking
Roads that will be closed on race day
- Sjøsetervegen will be closed east of Birkebeiner Skistadion where HalvBirken run crosses the road between 09.30-16.00
- 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 ?
Friday June 10th
Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
- 10.00 - 21.00 Sport 1 market
- 10.00 - 21.00 Race Office and distribution of Bibs
- 17.00 Start BarneBirken løp
- 17.45 Start UngdomsBirken løp
Saturday June 11th
Birkebeineren ski stadium, start
- from 8.30 Bib distribution and Race Office
- 10.00 Start Birkebeinerløpet
- 14.00 Start HalvBirken løp
Haakons Hall, Lillehammer
- 10.00-17.00 Sport 1 marke1
- 10.00-17.00 Race office, prizes
Distribution of Bibs
Friday Juni 10th: 10.00 – 21.00 in Haakons Hall
Saturday June 11th: 08.30 at Birkebeineren Ski stadium, start
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.
- Stadium maps
Luggage can be delivered in the starting 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.
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.
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