This weekend was one of the most special competitions in cross country skiing here in Norway. Birkebeinerrennet is a 54km long race from Rena to Lillehammer. You have to wear a backpack that contains food, clothes and ski wax. It has to be at least 3.5kg. This is a tradition from back in the old days. The first race was in 1932 to honor the old “birkebeinere“. If you want the full story, here it is…
Anyway, today the race is very popular among professional skiers and anyone feeling for a real challenge.
Birkebeinerrennet is a lot about equipment. The right wax, the best skis, the best gloves etc. What to wear under the jacket? Will it be windy and do I have a good enough sweather under my jacket? Wool or syntetic? Too many questions to answer!
Almost 15000 participants worked their way over the mountain to Lillehammer. I was helping out inside the arena where most of the skiers came by.
I’m really impressed that so many young and old people worked so hard and finished the race. The oldest skiers that raced for the first time was an 87-year old man! Very impressive:)
It was so much fun to watch girls and wives walk around in their ski boots, sweat pants and chatting about their race, while treating themselves to some new sports clothes!
Most of the guys I was chatting to seemed to be happy about their own performance too!
It was just a really nice weekend among athletes and friends:)
If you want to read more about Birkebeinerrennet, you can check this link.