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Cross country skiing from Rena to Lillehammer, Norway - Photo: Birkebeinerrennet AS
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Cross country skiing from Rena to Lillehammer, Norway Photo: Birkebeinerrennet AS

Birkebeinerrennet (The Birkebeiner race)

54 kilometer cross country ski event with a rich and colorful history.
Rena - Lillehammer 21 Mar 2015

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).

Last updated:  2013-08-06
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Cross country skiing from Rena to Lillehammer, Norway - Photo: Birkebeinerrennet AS

Birkebeinerrennet (The Birkebeiner race)

54 kilometer cross country ski event with a rich and colorful history.

Birkebeinerrennet (The Birkebeiner race)

Source: Visitnorway