13 km Mini Birkie presented by Global

A loop course for those who want a taste of the Birkebeiner. Awards given to top Overall Winners (male and female) only; Age Group finish times provided for informational purposes. Skiers in this event vary in age and ability, but they all seek the thrill of crossing the finish line. This event starts and finishes at the Waskehegan Staging Area.

All Short Course Events (13 km and 4/2.5 km Ole's Tour) start and finish at Waskehegan Staging Area in the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. Download Start/Finish Area map.

Parking and Shuttle

There is no parking at the Start/Finish Line. Skiers and spectators MUST PARK at Bethel Transit Terminal (shown here on the Venues map). Free shuttle buses run continuously between Bethel Transit Terminal and Waskehegan from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. Buses leave when they are full (about every 10-15 minutes) and the ride takes approximately 30 minutes.


Once You're There

  • Dress appropriately in layers and bring extra clothing and wax for changing weather.
  • Bring a duffle bag or backpack to keep your warm clothing and other items in for use after the race. In your event package you will find a tag and zip tie to attach it to your clothing bag. It is very important to clearly mark your BIB NUMBER on your tag. You can leave it at the Clothing Tent in the Finish Line/Stadium Area.
  • Snacks and coffee are available in the Festival Tent.
  • Indoor washrooms are not available, but there will be outdoor portapotties.

Getting to the Start Line
Access to the start is behind the Festival Tent, past the picnic shelter to the "Short Starts" in big field (please see the Finish Line/Stadium map).  Plan on a 10-minute walk to the start line and place yourself in one of 14 lanes based on your estimated skiing time (self-seeding – start with folks of similar ability please) and follow the red flags.

Start Times
1:25 pm Official Program at Start Line
1:30 pm Start of 13 km Mini Birkie

What's the route?
The 13 km event is a Loop course which starts from the field east of the Waskehegan Stadium out to Last Chance (Meadow) Shelter and back. Course is rolling hills and winding trails beside many beaver ponds.  
Download the 13 km course map

Station Closing Times –
13 Km
Mini Birkie
Station Name 
Km from 13 km start
 Closing time
Waskehegan (Start)
1:30 pm
Last Chance (Meadow) 7.4
2:45 pm
Finish Line  
5:00 pm
Getting back
Use the free shuttle bus service which runs from the finish line (at the Stadium) back to vehicles at Bethel Transit Terminal parking lot. Runs continuously all day until 5:30 pm.

Spectators or family wanting to pick up finishers
There is no parking at Waskehegan Staging Area or on Range Road 210. Spectators may park at the Bethel Transit Station in Sherwood Park (shown here on the Venues Map), and take a free shuttle bus to and from the finish line.