Founded in 1932, the race covers 54 kilometers from Rena to Lillehammer.
The Birkebeinerrennet run commemorates a trip made by the Birkebeiner loyalists in 1206 to save Håkon Håkonsson, the infant pretender to the Norwegian throne. Participants carry a backpack weighing at least 3.5 kg. This weight symbolizes the weight of the infant king, who was just one year old.
The record for completing the course was set in 2012 by Norwegian Anders Aukland with a men's leading time of 2:21:26,2 and with the women's record ' set by Seraina Boner from Switzerland with a time of 2:46:54,6.
Contestants must be at least 16 years old. The course is well known for its tough character with plenty of long strength-sapping hills slowly rising over 1000 meters from start to finish.
The Birkebeinerrennet is one of three races held under the Birkebeiner name. The others being Birkebeinerrittet (bicycling) and Birkebeinerløpet (cross-country running).
Copy and paste this code into your blog/website
54 kilometer cross country ski event with a rich and colorful history.
Birkebeinerrennet (The Birkebeiner race)
Mobile: +1 212 885 9751
Loading seems to take longer than expected.
Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact email@example.com
Search, compare and book accommodation in Norway.
Widest selection of flights to and within Norway.
Compare rates from leading car rental companies nationwide.
Best price guaranteed - Ferries to and from Norway.
Best price guaranteed - Cruises in Norway.
Contact usBooking - Book NorwayAbout visitnorway.us About Innovation NorwayPhoto service & creditsInnovation Norway's officesLegal disclaimerList of US travel providersMedia & pressPrivacy and security policy
Facebook Twitter.com/VisitnorwayUSA YouTube
Games and moreFree games:- Holmenkollen Ski Jump- Trysil Twin Tip
The northern lightsSeason and climate in NorwayThe vikingsFjord NorwayHurtigruten OsloBergenTromsøLofotenThe world's best train rideArctic Norway is the kingdom of light
Reservation SupportAbout Book NorwayTerms and conditionsPrivacy & securityFAQ
Order brochuresEnewslettersGoscandinaviaView all our videosFree screensaver from Norway
You are browsing the full version of Visitnorway on a small screen.
Go to mobile version
You are currently browsing the mobile version of Visitnorway.
Go to full version