Birkebeinerrennet

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This article is about the Norwegian cross-country ski race. For the American equivalent, see American Birkebeiner.
Skiing Birchlegs Crossing the Mountain with the Royal Child, painted by Knud Bergslien. Painting located at The Ski Museum. Holmenkollen, Oslo, Norway.

Birkebeinerrennet (lit. The Birkebeiner race) is a long-distance cross-country ski marathon held annually in Norway. It is Norway's race in the Worldloppet Ski Federation.

The Birkebeinerrennet is one of three races held under the Birkebeiner moniker, the other two being Birkebeinerrittet (bicycling) and Birkebeinerløpet (cross-country running).

Race[edit]

The race starts at Rena and ends at Lillehammer, a distance of 54 km. The number of participants has been steadily increasing each year, and for the 2011 race, the limit was set at 16,000.[1]

History[edit]

The Birkebeinerrennet run has been held since 1932, and commemorates a trip made by the Birkebeiner loyalists to save the infant pretender to the Norwegian throne, Håkon Håkonsson, in 1206. All participants carry a backpack weighing at least 3.5 kg, symbolizing the weight of the then-one-year-old king.

In 2007, the race was cancelled due to extremely high winds (90 km/h or 55 mph). However, at the time of cancellation, the event had been under way for nearly an hour, with roughly a quarter of the 13,000 competitors already on course. Despite the efforts of officials to send everyone back to the start, 55 hard-nosed Norwegians eventually reached the finish in Lillehammer, and upon being interviewed, blasted the decision to cancel the event [1].

The race has also been cancelled in 2014 15 minutes before the start also due to "high" winds of 15 m/s [2]. But despite of the cancellation, thousands of skiers completed the route from Rena to Lillehammer (and from Lillehammer to Rena) and blasted the decision [3] [4]. Also the organizers decided not to give any refund, so the Norwegian Skiing Federation started an investigation for this case.

Past winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Name Club/Nation Time
1932 Trygve Beisvåg Norway Norway 4.51.04
1933 Arne Rustadstuen Norway Norway 4.24.12
1934 Arne Rustadstuen Norway Norway 5.41.25
1935 Olaf Hoffsbakken Norway Norway 4.10.35
1936 Oscar Gjøslien Norway Norway 5.16.05
1937 Gunnar Hansveen Norway Norway 4.44.45
1938 Olaf Hoffsbakken Norway Norway 3.56.34
1939 Hallvard Eggset Norway Norway 4.09.05
1940 Gunnar Hansveen Norway Norway 4.30.09
1946 Leif Haugen Norway Norway 3.54.59
1947 Gunnar Hermansen Norway Norway 4.38.24
1949 Olav Kveberg Norway Norway 4.13.55
1950 Gunnar Hermansen Norway Norway 4.28.15
1951 Thorfinn Staff Eid Norway Norway 4.12.01
1952 Odd Nyborg Norway Norway 4.17.50
1953 Johs. Woxen Norway Norway 4.20.25
1954 Johan Østvang Norway Norway 4.30.18
1955 Oddmund Jensen Norway Norway 3.57.31
1956 Einar Skaaren Norway Norway 4.03.33
1957 Oddmund Jensen Norway Norway 3.48.46
1958 Oddmund Jensen Norway Norway 3.39.34
1959 Einar Skaaren Norway Norway 4.01.33
1960 Martin Stokken Norway Norway 3.34.19
1961 Ole Ellefsæter Norway Norway 3.44.02
1962 Oddmund Jensen Norway Norway 3.43.15
1963 Magnar Ingebrigtsli Norway Norway 4.04.59
1964 Egil Tvedt Norway Norway 3.23.31
1965 Oddmund Jensen Norway Norway 3.41.48
1966 Egil Tvedt Norway Norway 3.36.34
1967 Ivar Skogsrud Norway Norway 4.00.39
1968 Erik Solberg Johansen Norway Norway 4.16.50
1969 Niri Helleberg Norway Norway 3.20.51
1970 Arne Vehus Norway Norway 3.21.40
1971 Bjørn Arvnes Norway Norway 3.40.30
1972 Erik Solberg Johansen Norway Norway 3.24.19
1973 Per Knotten Norway Norway 3.06.07
1974 Dag Anmarkrud Norway Norway 3.22.42
1975 Ivar Formo Norway Norway 3.25.35
1976 Audun Kolstad Norway Norway 3.12.10
1977 Audun Kolstad Norway Norway 3.05.39
1978 Anders Bakken Norway Norway 3.14.04
1979 Anders Bakken Norway Norway 3.14.35
1980 Dag Atle Bjørkheim Norway Norway 3.16.05
1981 Sven-Åke Lundbäck Sweden Sweden 3.16.25
1982 Dag Atle Bjørkheim Norway Norway 3.02.43
1983 Per Knut Aaland Norway Norway 2.51.25
1984 Magnar Rismyhr Norway Norway 2.59.28
1985 Ola Hassis Sweden Sweden 2.53.11
1986 Örjan Blomquist Sweden Sweden 3.08.30
1987 Pierre Harvey Canada Canada 3.08.30
1988 Jo Helgestad Norway Norway 3.08.08
1989 John Kvale Norway Norway 2.58.56
1990 Per Knut Aaland Norway Norway 3.03.44
1991 Per Knut Aaland Norway Norway 3.05.07
1992 Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset Norway Norway 3.15.34
1993 Aleksandr Golubev Russia Russia 2.45.42
1994 Erling Jevne Norway Norway 2.36.10
1995 Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset Norway Norway 2.57.18
1996 Erling Jevne Norway Norway 2.39.12
1997 Erling Jevne Norway Norway 2.33.05
1998 Erling Jevne Norway Norway 2.43.19
1999 Erling Jevne Norway Øyer-Tretten IF, Norway 2.50.45
2000 Erling Jevne Norway Øyer-Tretten IF, Norway 2.41.53
2001 Erling Jevne Norway Øyer-Tretten IF, Norway 2.38.45
2002 Stanislav Řezáč Czech Republic Czech Republic 2.39.08
2003 Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset Norway Fjellhug/Vereide IL, Norway 2.39.56
2004 Gianantonio Zanetel Italy Italy 2.48.55
2005 Stanislav Řezáč Czech Republic Czech Republic 2.37.37
2006 Anders Aukland Norway Oseberg SL, Norway 2.52.13
2008 Stanislav Řezáč Czech Republic Czech Republic 2.24.33
2009 Jerry Ahrlin Sweden Sweden 2.36.58
2010 Anders Aukland Norway Oseberg SL, Norway 2.27.19
2011 Stanislav Řezáč Czech Republic Czech Republic 2.39.54
2012 Anders Aukland Norway Norway 2.21.34
2013 Anders Aukland Norway Norway 2.42.38
2014 Cancelled

Women[edit]

Year Name Club/Nation Time
1976 Berit Mørdre Lammedal Norway Norway 3.54.44
1977 Valborg Østberg Norway Norway 3.31.04
1978 Birgit Øverby Tennøe Norway Norway 3.49.01
1979 Anna Bjørgan Norway Norway 4.07.48
1980 Anna Bjørgan Norway Norway 3.47.15
1981 Vigdis Rønning Norway Norway 3.43.19
1982 Birgit Øverby Tennøe Norway Norway 3.40.55
1983 Hilde Riis Norway Norway 3.26.47
1984 Gry Oftedal Norway Norway 3.27.00
1985 Gry Oftedal Norway Norway 3.25.45
1986 Ellen Grepperud Norway Norway 3.52.45
1987 Astrid Dæhlie Norway Norway 3.47.32
1988 Elisabeth Tharaldsen Norway Norway 3.50.13
1989 Marthe Flugstad Norway Norway 3.13.35
1990 Mona Fugli Norway Norway 3.51.50
1991 Ragnhild Bratberg Norway Norway 3.38.54
1992 Anne Jahren Norway Norway 3.52.00
1993 Astrid Kristin Ruud Norway NTHI, Norway 3.24.25
1994 Marit Elveos Norway Norway 3.21.12
1995 Unni Ødegård Norway Norway 3.28.15
1996 Marit Mikkelplass Norway Norway 3.05.12
1997 Marthe Flugstad Norway Norway 3.10.46
1998 Anita Moen Guidon Norway Trysilfjellet SK, Norway 3.03.21
1999 Anita Moen Guidon Norway Trysilfjellet SK, Norway 3.21.22
2000 Anita Moen Guidon Norway Trysilfjellet SK, Norway 3.06.24
2001 Anita Moen Guidon Norway Trysilfjellet SK, Norway 3.03.27
2002 Marthe Flugstad Norway Gjøvik SK, Norway 3.08.27
2003 Annmari Viljanmaa Finland Finland 3.05.16
2004 Annmari Viljanmaa Finland Finland 3.03.47
2005 Cristina Paluselli Italy Italy 3.10.59
2006 Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen Norway Nybygda IL, Norway 3.08.10
2008 Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen Norway Nybygda IL, Norway 2.52.04
2009 Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen Norway Nybygda IL, Norway 3.05.00
2010 Jenny Hansson Sweden Sweden 2.57.33
2011 Seraina Boner Switzerland Switzerland 3.11.17
2012 Seraina Boner Switzerland Switzerland 2.47.03
2013 Seraina Boner Switzerland Switzerland 3.09.12
2014 Cancelled [5]

Special 2002 FIS World-Cup Race[edit]

In 2002, the race was included as the last event in the FIS world-cup. The world-cup class was won by Thomas Alsgaard and Anita Moen Guidon finishing in 2:24:08.7[2] and 2:43:39.1,[3] respectively, faster than both Rezac's and Hilde GP's records as of 2008. The participants in the world-cup class were, however, not required to carry the 3.5 kg backpack.

External links[edit]

Media related to Birkebeinerrennet at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fiscrosscountry.com/news/birkebeinerrennet-sold-out-18-minutes,1498.html
  2. ^ FIS-Ski Results Lillehammer 2002, Men
  3. ^ FIS-Ski Results Lillehammer 2002, Woman