Let’s Go to the Birkie! Ski, Run, and Bike at the American Birkebeiner

Are you ready for a vacation that is relaxing and exciting at the same time? Book a stay at the Heartwood Resort in Trego, Wisconsin. Nestled in 700 acres of the pristine Northwoods forest, this destination is the perfect way to unplug from the outside world.

If you are looking for adventure, the Heartwood Resort is a short day trip away from the American Birkebeiner, the largest and longest cross-country ski race in North America.

In this guide, we’re going to tell you about the amazing events and trails you can take advantage of at the American Birkebeiner. Plan for an outdoor adventure when you stay at the Heartwood Resort. 

Birkie Week at the American Birkebeiner

 

 

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Whether you want to ski, run, or bike, there’s something for you and your whole family at the American Birkebeiner. Every year during the last week of February, they have Birkie Week, where skiers ski through over 50 kilometers of forest on the American Birkie trail.

The skiers will cross over famous landmarks like Lake Hayward and the American Birkie International Bridge. Birkie week features over ten different events for all ages and skill levels. 

The Barkie Bikie Skijor, which is a Norwegian sport where skiers and dogs race together, is always a crowd favorite at Birkie Week.

There are also social events and opportunities to volunteer at Birkie Week. Whether you are a skier or just want to watch the action, this week is always a memorable experience. 

Yearly Off-Road Biking Events

If you’re a biker, you will enjoy a visit during the warmer months. The American Birkebeiner also hosts the Epic Bike Fest every summer in June. This is an amazing opportunity for off-road cyclists to show their skills and compete against other top-tier athletes. 

This epic two-day event features two types of race trails: singletrack and gravel. The singletrack race is an extremely challenging 34-mile run. Cyclists ride over rock gardens and navigate twisting turns. For less experienced cyclists, there is also a 17-mile half-marathon.

The epic gravel track is 50 miles long. This is fun, easier riding over frosted gravel instead of difficult terrains. There is also a 25-mile half-marathon option, and both races will have brand new courses in 2022. 

Yearly Trail Running Events


Finally, for runners, the American Birkebeiner hosts two special events: the Birkie trail run festival in September and the Lumberjack run in July.

Runners who attend the Birkie trail run festival will get to see beautiful mountainscapes and scenery during their marathon. The festival has nine different events. You’ll find everything from a 100K ultramarathon to a kids dash. There’s something for everyone.

The Lumberjack run in July is a breezy 5K that kicks off the summer at the American Birkebeiner. 

Other Recreational Events and Training Programs

Along with all of these yearly events, the Birkie hosts plenty of other opportunities for fun outdoor activities throughout the year. Some of them include:

  • The Fat Bike Birkie
  • Telemark Ascent
  • Ladies Fat Bike Getaway
  • Youth Mountainbike Camp
  • And more

Along with recreational and competitive events, they also offer training programs at the American Birkebeiner. If you’re brand new to skiing, biking, or running, you can learn from pro trainers. They also have several youth camps and training programs for your kids, too. 

You can check out their website for all of the updated details.

Trails at the American Birkebeiner

When there aren’t events going on, visitors can take advantage of over 100 kilometers of trails at the American Birkebeiner. Bikers, runners, and skiers travel from all over the world to enjoy the gorgeous Wisconsin forests.

While the trails are challenging, you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy them. There are trails that athletes of all ages and ability levels can enjoy. The best part is that you get to immerse yourself in nature. 

The world-famous trails at the American Birkebeiner include:

  • Birkie Ridge Trail
  • Firetower Trail
  • Timber Trail
  • American Birkebeiner Trail
  • Boedecker Trail
  • Highway Trail
  • Gravel Pit Trail
  • Mosquito Brook Trail
  • Hatchery Creek Trail

The Birkie lifestyle is invigorating and contagious. Once you experience the beauty of the American Birkebeiner, you’ll be hooked on the great outdoors for life. 

Take Advantage of the American Birkebeiner While You Stay at the Heartwood Resort

Heartwood Resort Main Lodge. Heartwood Resort is the best place to stay when wanting to visit the American Birkebeiner

As we mentioned, the American Birkebeiner is just a short day trip away from the Heartwood Resort. After a full day of outdoor activities in the forest, you can come back home to your personal haven at Heartwood. 

We also offer our own gorgeous trails through the Northwoods Forests, so this vacation is perfect for all outdoor adventurers. Get your heart pumping on the trails. Then relax in your beautiful cabin or lakeside cottage and dine at our Pine Lodge Restaurant during the weekend.

When you stay at Heartwood Resort, endless woods await you. It’s the perfect way to escape from the day-to-day drudgery of life and find some peace in nature. Whether you are traveling by yourself, coming with your significant other, or bringing the whole family, you will never forget this getaway. 

Book Your Stay at the Heartwood Resort Today

If you are itching to travel again after too much time at home, choose the Heartwood Resort in Trego, Wisconsin, for your next vacation. Enjoy all of the luxurious amenities that the Heartwood Resort offers. You can also take advantage of being near the American Birkebeiner. 

Whether you’re looking to relax, hit the trails, or a combination of both, you will never forget your trip to the Northwoods Forest. You can customize your stay to create the perfect vacation for you. Choose between staying in a spacious home, a duplex cabin, a lakeside cottage, or a lakeside hotel room. 

Book your stay with us today.